Category: Women

AWP Women’s Caucus – How to Join

All women welcome! This listserv exists to identify, discuss and support issues related to women in publishing, writing and related to the annual AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference. These issues include, but are not limited to, childcare, publishing, safety concerns, affordability / economic barriers, panel proposals, and more. The 2017 AWP Conference…

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Diversity and Pay Equity in Publishing: The Importance of Industry Surveys and Activism

Developing the conversation on issues of diversity and pay equity is crucial today, especially in the publishing industry, which employs a large number of women and publishes books and articles for broad and diverse audiences. Four influential voices within the literary world will discuss the necessity of analyzing and documenting the make-up of the workforce,…

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INTERVIEW with VIDA’s Amy King & Jane Kinney-Denning, president of WNBA-NYC and VP-elect for the national organization 

EXCERPT: “Without volunteers, VIDA would not exist. In fact, we created a one-page handout for the release of this past count because ‘What can I do to help?’ has become a recurring mantra indicative of how much larger VIDA is than the faces the organization has come to be associated with. VIDA has tapped into…

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WOMEN’S POETRY LISTSERV – WOMPO

The WOM-PO (Discussion of Women’s Poetry) List was started in December 1997 by Annie Finch with an invitation to a small group of poets, critics, and lovers of women’s poetry. These people in turn invited other people to join, and the list has grown into a well-regarded international listserve by spreading through these networks. In…

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POET ON PAINTING?

Authors on Artists: Amy King on Leonor Fini, Leonora Carrington, and Frida Kahlo Paint Is the Abyss’ Law, Living the Accent: Marginalia on Absorption Paint Is the Secretion of Scene on Leonor Fini’s Set     I now confer status on you. As in, everything is as good as the next thing. Better yet, in this season,…

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Birds & Operas – Collaboration

Poem from I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press, 2011) Featuring (in order of appearance): Annie Finch Saeed Jones Daniel Nester Patricia Spears Jones Cole Swensen R. Erica Doyle Cate Marvin Brent Cuningham Danielle Pafunda Jamaal May GC Waldrep Ryan Doyle May James Yeh Matt Hart E. Tracy Grinnell Brenda Iijima Molly Gaudry Sina…

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Edward James: Poet – Architect

From “Leonora Carrington: A Retrospective Exhibition” (1975) – excerpts from Introduction by Edward James: “Leonora’s work is no pastiche of the 16th century.  Its similarity is rather due to the fact that Leonora Carrington was endowed from birth with the versatility of a Renaissance man [Women’s Lib having not yet reared its head]. The fact…

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A NEW LIFE

With that in mind, I will be posting shorts a la Facebook posts.  Little posts, little notes. Leonora Carrington died last year at 94.  She was NOT a Surrealist.  She associated with the group and was with Max Ernst for two years.  The thinking person who does some research will discover that she was critical…

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“What is safe?”

Words and Music by Metta Sáma EXCERPTS: “King’s book is not quiet; hers is an aesthetics of sound fractured, fragmented, compounded, mixed, remixed, sampled, jointed, yes, even anointed. (Check out the cover of this book, it’s sparseness of image, this blaringly red background, these glaringly gray figures, mouths open. Caught mid-pounce (whose in danger? (you…

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I Want to Make You Safe

CLICK: *  Support Small Press Distribution * Litmus Press *  The French Exit on “The Strange Power of Lying to Yourself“   “Rarely have the nude and the cooked been so neatly joined” as in Amy King’s I Want to Make You Safe. If “us,” “herons,” and “dust” rhyme,  then these poems rhyme. If that…

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Poetry – Women – Words

Lorna Simpson talks about her career, including her recent practice of appropriating and restaging mid-20th-century photographs. * Why Black History Month Still Matters * Pollitt speaks on women’s equality struggles * Women Stage Massive Protests Across Italy: ‘The Sexism Is Intolerable ‘ (Video) * Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale and “Fun” Feminism * Hatem addresses emergence of…

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Women Don’t Travel & Write

Women don’t travel and write about it, or so the New Yorker’s Bill Buford might have us believe via the Best American Travel Writing 2010.  Actually, the truth is that one of the 20 essays included is written by a woman.  My bad. We’re still watching what the rest of the 2010 “Best of American”…

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LANGUAGE ARM OF BEHAVIOR

NEW REVIEW OF SLAVES TO DO THESE THINGS @ WET ASPHALT — …while ultimately what I think King is concerned with here is the nature of becoming by moving against time as a sort of point of resistance, what she is not interested in is sustaining such artificial constructs as the Master Slave dialectic itself,…

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THE UGLY AMERICANS

NEW REVIEW OF SLAVES TO DO THESE THINGS by Bobbi Lurie @ Jacket Magazine” Amy King’s poems are dense and energetically written. They are often fragmented collages of narratives which are in no way narratives in the usual sense. They express a great deal of movement of the mind, written with a strong imagination and…

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More Brouhaha – Parts 1 through 3

“But What About the Nipples?” A Nice Conversation (Pt. 1) From Roxane Gay: Blake Butler, Kate Zambreno, Amy King and I recently had an interesting and lengthy conversation about gender, publishing and so much more, prompted by lots of things including the recent, and largely excellent discussion in Blake’s “Language Over Body” post about the…

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Major Linkage

“Fuck the Corporate Media” – Students *Love* Discussing This Analysis ~~ Alanis Morissette Honors Her Feminist Foremothers “I wouldn’t even tell people I was black in Mississippi!” ‘Boobquake’ Spurs Feminist Infighting Sometimes people think I’m Gertrude Stein [GRT! Video] Gender, fucked Reclaiming the ‘B-Word’ In the Name of Feminism “Click”: The feminist eureka moment The…

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The Count

“Best of 2009″ and “Historical Count” BEST OF 2009 Amazon – Top 100 Editors’ Picks 2009 77 Men 23 Women ~~~ The American Book Awards / Before Columbus Foundation 2009 5 Men 5 Women Lifetime Achievement Award – 1 Man ~~~ Christian Science Monitor — Best books of 2009: Fiction 5 Men 7 Women Christian Science…

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With No Slither

“…Pound praised H.D.’s writing by saying that it was ‘straight as the Greek’ and with no ‘slither.’  It took me awhile to see the gynophobia behind such rhetoric.  I wanted my Imagism and my slither, too.  My precision and my doubleness.     … There is a way in which I am all of these…

Photo credit: Charles Bernstein/PennSound ©2007

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“The Count”

ABSOLUTE DISPARITY. For the WILLA debut, I thought I’d kick things off with two views. The “Best of 2009” looks at the gender distribution of several major book awards and prominent “best of” lists. I took my second cue from Ursula K Le Guin’s 1999 talk, “Award and Gender,” in which she tallied up the…

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My Visceral Thought

Watch the Kathleen Hanna clip.  Read the manifesto. I can’t help it.  I keep saying I won’t write this post.  It’s not worth it, I’ll appear rude, my knowledge is limited, etc.  But I’ve decided to put it out there, after a cursory read and setting the book aside in annoyance.  The Gurlesque anthology, GURLESQUE:…

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