Women writers will get a little lift in their sails this week from the just-published VIDA Count for 2013. VIDA, a volunteer-run nonprofit that seeks equality in publishing, annually publishes pie charts that compare the rates at which men and women are published. This year’s VIDA Count examined the rates that women were published in […]Read more "VIDA Count 2013"
When I caught up with Amy Wheeler for a profile in my women writers series, she was working on building a fire that would heat the dance hall she lives in on Whidbey Island near Hedgebrook. “Down here we’re so off the grid that we heat our big, huge, 100-year-old dance hall with a wooden […]Read more "Women Writers in Residence"
Some things never change. In very recent history, male writers were published in major literary journals with greater frequency than women writers. Last year, the PDXX Collective brought you a response to an official count of this phenomenon as tabulated and published by VIDA, a national grassroots organization that investigates gender inequality in publishing. With […]Read more "VIDA Count 2013 Preview"
In my family, I have the reputation of being the sibling who is most in the loop of cultural happenings, events, and (especially) good eateries in whatever city I happen to be living in. This need to dig and find new places or events to be excited about may have even contributed to my recent […]Read more "A Winter Preview for Networking Women Writers"
Dear David Gilmour: Hi there, my name is Emily Walker. You haven’t heard of me because I’m not a great middle-aged, heterosexual male writer like those you will only teach in your classes at Victoria College at the University of Toronto. I’m just one of those “young women who kind of wants to make a […]Read more "A Note Delivered From Down The Hall"
“At the heart of every finished novel is a passion, a fetish, a vendetta so strong the writer simply cannot let it die,” the presenter at the Fooling Around with Words conference said, gesticulating wildly. He lifted up his own book. “Do you know what single thought fueled this book? F_ _ _ you 8th […]Read more "Feminists Don’t Come"
About a month ago, several of us responded to VIDA‘s report on the rates at which major U.S. literary and news publishers feature women and men writers. We should not have been surprised to see that the majority of writers in major publications are men, but the figures were discouraging nonetheless. Lest feminists from either […]Read more "Collective Response: Women Writing Opinion"
“Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has, indeed, so overcharged the capacity of bricks and mortar that it must needs harness itself to pens and brushes and business and politics.” — Virginia Woolf :::::: Today, March 8th, 2013 […]Read more "International Women’s Day (IWD) – I Write Destiny"
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"