The numbers for women in publishing are in and the results are not pretty. Yesterday, VIDA released its annual report tracking the representation of women in publishing, from reviewers, to bylines, to authors reviewed in reputable magazines like Harper’s and The Atlantic. This year, the nonprofit that supports women in the literary arts had also […]Read more "A Collective Reponse to Women in Publishing"
Last month, I interviewed Kerry Cohen, author of Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity. This was my first time interviewing someone after I had read her memoir, which is an experience where the intimacy you feel with someone from reading the personal details of their lives matches with the reality of talking to that person. […]Read more "We Need to Talk About This"
If you’re Elissa Bassist, good fodder for some future story might include your apartment building catching on fire, being on Vicodin for a month (due to a back injury that was incurred after attempting a back flip “like the one Robyn does in the “Call Your Girlfriend” video), and sequestering yourself away from contact with […]Read more "We Demand to Amuse You"
Author, teacher, and psychotherapist Kerry Cohen made her name when she released Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity in 2008. Her memoir laid bare her sexual experiences as a teenager and twenty-something. This daring non-fiction debut introduced Kerry as a writer not afraid to explore the less pretty sides of sexuality. When we met in […]Read more "Girl on Girl: Kerry Cohen"
The same year that Seal Press was founded as an independent publisher of books “by women, for women,” the first class of women was inducted into the United States Naval Academy and Barbara Walters was named the first woman co-anchor of the nightly news. Women Studies programs were populating across the country and more woman […]Read more "A Feminist Publisher"
“One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good […]Read more "Here Be Dragons"
If I have any non-writer friends left by the end of November, I’ll be extra post-Thanksgiving grateful. As NaNoWriMo winds down, I find myself talking increasingly about the novel I’m writing this month, and its characters. I love a few of these characters more than any other ones I’ve written. I love the world that […]Read more "The Living Room"
Like just about every other artsy-fartsy, Millennial-generation dweeb in America, I’m currently participating in National Novel Writing Month – or NaNoWriMo. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it’s pretty simple: participants spend the month of November writing a 50,000-word novel (which averages out to about 1,667 words per day). The novel can be about whatever […]Read more "Bad Writing is Bad"
On September 27th 2012, JK Rowling released a new novel, The Casual Vacancy. The book’s publication marked Rowling’s first departure from children’s literature, as well as her first work of fiction set firmly in the muggle world. As the author of the Harry Potter series, Rowling is a publishing rock star– there is no comparing […]Read more "The Casual Vacancy"