VIDA Count 2013

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 […]

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Women Writers in Residence

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 […]

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Feminists Don’t Come

“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 […]

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This Is a Southern Story

“Almost everything I write begins with dialogue,” Dorothy Allison told me when I interviewed her last week. “Then, trying to figure out who these people are. They have to be challenging enough, and make me curious enough to follow them, otherwise the story stalls.” I had seen Allison read aloud a story last July at […]

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We Demand to Amuse You

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 […]

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