The voice was light, perhaps only a child’s voice, singing sweetly and thinly, on the barest breath. . .None of them heard it, she thought with joy; nobody heard it but me. -From Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House Two women are drawn to each other with suspicious speed at the start of The Haunting of Hill […]Read more "Influences and Imagination"
I will never say, “I can’t write unless I have my special pen.” I will learn to write with earplugs in, cramped in the backseat of my car on my lunch break. I will not put off writing until I tidy my office, get the kids into college, or retire. I will learn how to […]Read more "15 New Years Resolutions for Writers"
When I was eighteen I went to an alcohol-fueled party with some school friends, and I kissed and made out with someone for the first time. The boy in question was older than me, hence he was able to legally procure the half a dozen shitty coolers I was drunk on, and it was rumored […]Read more "What’s Really Behind “Middling Millennials”"
It isn’t easy being a woman. Bombarded with repression and shame from religion, politics, and society at large, the notion of female sexuality has long been a guarded, even threatening topic. But not for Rebecca Pillsbury, author of the new memoir Finding Ecstasy: How Buenos Aires, a Brazilian, and the Blues Saved My Sex Life (and My […]Read more "Rebecca Pillsbury, author of the new book Finding Ecstasy, talks sex and self-publishing"
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"
photo by dozeneggs.com My friend @megdonohue just tweeted, “‘Nonworking mother’ is an oxymoron. Show me a mother, and I’ll show you a woman working her ass off.” I wish my first thought had been: “Ha! I agree, great one Meg!” But, I’ll admit it, instead it was: “How did she have time to be funny […]Read more "Jealousy Judgment and Motherhood"
When I was in high school, I was unsuccessful at memorizing Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.” I tried to commit the first part of the poem, about seven minutes worth of speaking, to memory and recite it as part of speech competition. I gave up eventually, unable to fully comprehend what the poet was talking about. I didn’t have […]Read more "Finding Diane di Prima on a posterboard"