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Women Doing Literary Things: "A Little Political" by Joanne Valin

Joanne Valin holds a Ph.D. in American literature. She teaches literature and composition, and her poetry has been published in the Canadian anthology The Common Sky: Canadian Writers Against the War.

Writing is a political act. You've heard this before. It is not a new idea, but it is one that bears repeating here and now. The VIDA statistics on the literary…


Added by Niranjana Iyer on August 10, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Women Doing Literary Things: "Toward A Certain Liberation" by Mary Ashun

Dr. Mary Ashun, who also writes under the names Asabea Ashun and Abena Apea, is Assistant Professor of Education at Redeemer University College, Ontario. She is the author of Mistress of the Game (Kente Publishing, Ghana) and The Adventures of Kobby Badu-Smith (Kente Publishing, Ghana, and her new book This African Child is agented by The Bukowski Agency, Toronto. She is the creator of (and the host for) the literary show Book ‘Em TV on Rogers…


Added by Niranjana Iyer on August 3, 2011 at 11:12am — 4 Comments

Women Doing Literary Things: "Embodiment, Voice, and Literature" by Sayantani DasGupta

Sayantani DasGupta is a writer, physician, mother and academic. Originally trained in pediatrics and public health, she now teaches in the Master's Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University as well as the Graduate Program in Health Advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the co-author of The Demon Slayers and Other Folktales (Interlink, 1995), the author of a memoir, Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor (Ballantine, 1999), and the… Continue

Added by Niranjana Iyer on July 20, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Trapped in the story: Local journalists report despite sexual violence

“I’ve never told anyone this before,” the email said. It was one of several that landed on my desk at the Committee to Protect Journalists after the news broke that CBS correspondent…


Added by Lauren Wolfe on July 6, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Women Doing Literary Things: Tina Biswas

A House for Ms. Biswas by Tina Biswas


Tina Biswas was born in England to Bengali parents in 1978. She read Politics, Philosophy & Economics at New College, Oxford. Her first novel, Dancing With The Two Headed Tigress, is a comedy of manners, set in England, Ireland, and India. Her second, The Red Road, deals with the Naxalite Uprisings in the…


Added by Niranjana Iyer on June 8, 2011 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

Writing Is Not A Contest! (No Matter How Much Some Dudes Wish It Were)

Try to contain your excruciating, nearly mind-numbing boredom at this newsflash: there has been another dumbass-dude comment about all women writers, living or dead!  The latest offender?  Nobel Prize Winning writer V.S. Naipaul.  In an interview at the Royal Geographic Society,…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 6, 2011 at 11:00am — 36 Comments

Poetry lets us know we're not alone

Our eldest daughter is turning 13. Unfathomable. Time has flashed by so quickly.

That also means that my husband is about to observe his 13-year anniversary of successful cancer treatment. Thank God. Thirteen years and nary a blip on his health charts suggests he ever had anything seriously wrong with him.

At the time of his diagnosis I was four months pregnant; and dealing with both - expecting our first child and watching Thom endure his many long…


Added by Karin B. Miller on June 1, 2011 at 9:45am — 3 Comments

Keeping Silent about Rape

French Journalists’ Silence on IMF's Strauss-Kahn Reminds Sarah Glazer of Her Own Complicity

It’s an odd feeling to spend a month writing an article about the something as dry as the European currency union only to have it sensationalized the day of publication by an international sex scandal.


 “But what does it mean for Greece?” my editors queried, as the…


Added by State of the Art on May 20, 2011 at 12:36am — 79 Comments

The Big Shift: Is Midlife Just the Beginning? (A Writing Prompt -- and Contest -- for She Writes!)

Apparently, I was ahead of my time when it comes to reinvention.

We live in a world where everything is in flux -- jobs, families, life stages.  People have joked for years that 50 is the new 30, but in these times, there's some truth to…


Added by Joanne Bamberger on May 17, 2011 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

BP Oil Spill One Year Later - What Have We Learned?

I know people are already sick of hearing about this anniversary. Since the cameras left last year and people have resumed their lives, it is assumed everything is back to normal, and guess what--pictures don't lie!  Or do they? See, there's a little thing in writing called "spin" and it has developed into a…


Added by Zetta Brown on April 20, 2011 at 3:26am — 15 Comments

I don't f*cking care if you like it!

I definitely have to be reading a book a certain way in order to write a review of it, or to talk about it at length, or to discuss it during…


Added by Emily Lackey on April 11, 2011 at 7:30am — 14 Comments

Heartsick for Japan--She Writers Respond (and HELP)

This is a disaster for which there are no words.  But process it--and help--we must.  Please use the comments on this post as a space to share links to writing, links to organizations in need of donations, and words for our fellow She Writers based in Japan.


For starters, please check out…


Added by Deborah Siegel on March 15, 2011 at 4:07pm — 37 Comments

Two Southern Ladies Get a Bee in Their Bonnet and Publish a Book

How did a woman from the Deep South who writes stories about her grandma’s china and a woman from Texas who writes books like Messalina, Devourer of Men end up producing an anthology to benefit volunteers working on the Gulf Coast Oil Spill? And by the way we’ve never laid eyes on one another…


Added by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson on February 17, 2011 at 11:30am — 21 Comments

5 questions for Jean Kilbourne


Added by Claudia Kilbourne Lux on February 11, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Do You Know An "Invisible Woman"? Because We Want to Meet Her.

Last week on a trip to the west coast, I was lucky enough to meet with newly minted She Writes member (welcome her!) JENNIFER SIEBEL NEWSOM, creator of the documentary film…


Added by The Salonniere on February 8, 2011 at 2:00pm — 35 Comments

Special offer for She Writers to Athena Film Festival NYC Feb. 10-13

From Melissa Silverstein, co-founder and producer of the upcoming Athena Film Festival:

Come to the Barnard College and the Athena Film Festival - A Celebration of Women and Leadership from February 10-13. 25 shorts, docs and features will…


Added by Julia Barry on February 7, 2011 at 4:45pm — 4 Comments

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 60

A sketch by Tom Hachtman

Aquarie Gertrude comes up for another spin around the virtual sun of birthdays this very day today. And a great birthday it is. 2011 is promising a big comeback for Stein -- in the California of her youth, of all places. San Francisco is preparing the unusual festivities:…


Added by Renate Stendhal on February 3, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Five Questions for...Big Girls Don't Cry Author Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister, author of Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women answers five questions from…


Added by Five Questions on January 31, 2011 at 5:14am — No Comments

The Pink and Blue Diaries: What’s Gender Got to Do with It?


Deborah Siegel thinks in public about the through-lines in her writing and asks, what are the through-lines in YOUR work?


I’ve been thinking a lot about gender of…


Added by The Pink and Blue Diaries on January 28, 2011 at 11:00am — 16 Comments

Literary Miracles: Meet Iranian Author Shahrnush Parsipur

In the debut of the new She Writes column Women in Translation, Jean Casella writes about the obstacles many international women must overcome simply to write--and offers one stunning…


Added by Women in Translation on January 26, 2011 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

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