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"
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"
“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"
“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 […]Read more "This Is a Southern Story"
For most of her career, Brooke Warner, Publisher of She Writes Press, went the traditional route. She worked for independent Seal Press, a publisher for women that I profiled in February. Warner, age 36, was the executive editor with Seal (whom she speaks of warmly), but, when asked why she left that position, she said […]Read more "She Writes Press: Assisted Self-Publishing"
“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"
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"