Will Read for Women is Postponed Until Further Notice

So to Speak Will Read for Women

So to Speak’s annual Will Read for Women benefitting Bethany House of Northern Virginia was scheduled for today, Wednesday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. but has been cancelled due to the likely arrival of—uninvited– thunderstorms to our rooftop reading at Epicure Café. StS is actively pursuing leads to reschedule the event in the weeks to come, so please subscribe to our mailing list so you can hear all about it!

If you and your donations were ready to go for tonight and you’d like us to take the items off your hands, please email Editor Alicia Padovich at apadovic@gmu.edu to coordinate a pick up.

Save the Date for StS’s Annual Will Read for Women!

So to Speak Will Read for Women

Did you know it’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week?

So to Speak is proud to host our annual Will Read for Women reading benefiting the Bethany House of Northern Virginia, a nonprofit organization devoted to empowering women and child victims of family violence.

Please join us in support of Bethany House and help victims of domestic violence in our community.

When: Wed., May 6th, 2015,  at 7 p.m.

Where: The newly remodeled patio rooftop at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA.

Who: Awesome poetry and prose writers–and you! Open Mike to follow reading!

Why: To celebrate a night of feminism, advocacy, and the right of all to a life free of violence.

If you’re not in the NOVA area, check out the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to find out everything from where to find resources for yourself or a loved one, to information about shelters and centers doing outreach work in your local communities.

The Bethany House is in DIRE need of the following:

*Pack and Plays
*New Pillows
*Pot and Pan Sets
*Gift cards of varying amounts to local grocers
*Gift cards of varying amounts to goods stores like: Wal-Mart, Target, or K-Mart
*Gift cards to fast food and other restaurants
*Gas station gift cards
*Laundry Detergent, both HE and non-HE
*Feminine Products
*Lysol/Clorox Wipes
*Hand Soap
*Household Cleaning Supplies

*but all donations of toiletries, diapers, and other household products will be counted and donated to BH.

 

Spring 2015 Poetry Contest

September 18, 2014 by So to Speak · 4 Comments
Filed under: Announcements, Contests, Poetry 

“We are over the moon with joy to announce Rebecca Hoogs as the contest judge of this spring’s poetry contest! Rebecca has published books of poetry on subjects ranging from language play and myth revision, to the self-portrait and personal understanding  Such books include Grenade (2005) and Self Storage(2013). She has also closely examined the role of the love poem in Jeremy Richards’ “How to Write Love Poems.”” — A.K. Padovich, StS’s Poetry Editor

Rebecca Hoogs is the author of a chapbook, Grenade (2005), and her poems have appeared in PoetryAGNICrazyhorse,ZyzzyvaThe Journal, Poetry Northwest,The Florida Review, and others. She is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony (2004) and Artist Trust of Washington State (2005). She is the Director of Education Programs and the curator and host of the Poetry Series for Seattle Arts & Lectures and has taught poetry in Rome for The University of Washington. Read Rebecca’s work here.

We are looking for poetry that formalistically, stylistically, and linguistically engages with the feminist world in some way. Please send us up to 5 poems (not to exceed 10 pages) and a cover letter, through our Submission Manager. The reading fee is $15 and can be paid through our Submission Manager.

All entrants will receive a free copy of our Spring 2015 issue.

Deadline: October 15, 2014

 

 

Fall for the Book 2014!

September 12, 2014 by So to Speak · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Announcements, News, Post by: Paula B, Uncategorized 

The sixteenth annual Fall for the Book festival is taking over George Mason University’s Fairfax, Virginia, campus and spreading out onto about two dozen other venues in Virginia, Maryland, and DC, Sept 11 – 18. Check out the following links for a sampling of a promising roster for the reader-writer-human in you.

 

Novelist and Essayist Roxane Gay @ Grand Tier III, Center for the Arts, George Mason University

Saturday, Sept. 13, 4:00 p.m.

Roxane Gay

 

 

An Untamed State. Bad Feminist. Enough said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grain Press Feminist Poetry Reading and Book Release Reception, The Arts Plaza Tent near the Center for the Arts at George Mason University

Saturday, Sept. 13, 4:00 p.m.

A reading and reception to honor Anne Lesley Selcer, whose collection from A Book of Poems on Beauty won Gazing Grain’s 2014 poetry chapbook contest, selected by judge Dawn Lundy Martin. This event celebrates inclusive feminist poetry and promotes socially conscious work in today’s literary community.

 

 

Everyone Is Gay Founders Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo@ Research Hall, Room 163, George Mason University

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 3:00 p.m.

Owens-Reid and Russo

 

 

Outreach and empowerment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memoirist Dani Shapiro @ Grand Tier III, Center for the Arts, George Mason University

Tuesday, Sept 16, 6:00 p.m.

Dani Shapiro

 

On writing. On life. Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sociologist Earl Smith @ Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center Plaza, George Mason University

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1:30 p.m.

Earl Smith


 

Not a game: Race, Sport, and the American Dream

 

 

 

 

 

Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz @ Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center Plaza, George Mason University

Thursday, Sept. 18, 12:00 pm

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

 

On myths and truths: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communications Scholar Sheena Howard @ Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center Plaza, George Mason University

Thursday, Sept. 18, 1:30 p.m.

Sheena Howard

 

Infiltrating Comic-Con: Black Comics: Politics and Race of Representation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women and Gender Studies Scholar Wendy S. Hesford @ The HUB, Front Ballroom, George Mason University

Thursday, Sept. 18, 3:00 p.m.

Wendy S. Hesford

 

Spectacular Rhetorics: Human Rights Visions, Recognitions, Feminisms

 

 

 

 

A Welcome Note from StS’s Editor-in-Chief

By Jessie Szalay

Like many people who love school (or have residual nightmares of it), for me, January 1st has never felt like the start of a new year. Rather it’s September, the time of backpacks and book buying, that signals a fresh start. Whether I’m a student, a teacher, or working in a non-academic job, the new school year signals a time for reflection. How do I want to be this year?

Now, as I begin my first autumn as Editor-in-Chief of So to Speak, I wonder, too: what kind of feminist do I want to be? Initially, answers are easy. I want to be a strong feminist. I want to treat others—women who are and are not self-identifying feminists, men, myself—equally and with respect. I want to challenge the patriarchy and stand up for equality. I want to spread the message of feminism with both gentleness and strength, through words, actions, and my own thoughts. I believe that feminism, though often made up of individual choices, is also a communal paradigm, movement, and experience. As with empathy, generosity, and random acts of loving kindness, individual feminism—my feminism, your feminism—increases through being a shared experience. It can inspire others, make them think. That is what I want to do: I want to be a “good, strong feminist,” to inspire others to consider or adopt or increase their own feminist lives. I want So to Speak to do that.

But here’s the reality: all through high school, Septembers passed and I never stopped procrastinating on my Spanish homework. New Januaries turn to Februaries and I never get around to eating more kale. And I know that, most likely, October of this year will enter with its orange leaves and swollen pumpkins and I will still be struggling to be the kind of feminist that I want to be.

I’ve identified as a feminist for going on fifteen years, since high school. I can speak of Helene Cixous and Simone deBeauvoir; I support pro-choice causes; I feel comfortable with the notion that one can be feminist and be a stay-at-home mom, and also that one can be a feminist and burn her bra. The concept of what feminism is, and how open it can be, is not especially troubling to me. What is troubling is doing it: turning beliefs and intellectual knowledge into action and attitude.

I am a feminist, but the other day I still thought nastily that another woman shouldn’t wear her short-shorts because of her body type. I routinely make stereotypical assumptions about what men want women to be—agreeable, needless, pretty objects—which are disrespectful and condescending toward all genders. I catch myself thinking that my female gym instructor is bossy and annoying, while accepting a similarly tough male instructor as motivational. But I want to be better. I want to not have these thoughts, and the first step to not having them is acknowledging that I do.

My point is that being a feminist is a journey. It’s filled with obstacles and struggles. Feminism as a movement struggles, and individual feminists struggle within their own minds. We are all on a journey to be better feminists and better people. As a new (school) year starts, I realize that that’s what I really want to be: someone who takes steps on her journey.

That’s also what I want So to Speak to do. Stories of empowerment and success are always welcome, but so are stories of struggle. I invite you, readers and writers, to share with us your stories of setbacks in your feminist lives. Perhaps you’ve taken steps to overcome your problems. Perhaps you’re just acknowledging them for the first time and beginning your walk toward being the type of feminist, the type of person, that you want to be.

So to Speak is a feminist journal, which to me means that at its core it is a human journal. It is a place that celebrates humanity in its various forms—the beautiful and good, the ugly and difficult. I look forward to hearing your stories and engaging with your art, however it explores the complexities of life, and wherever you are on your own journey.

Our reading period is currently in full swing. Click here for submission guidelines for our blog, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry categories. And don’t forget to enter our Spring 2015 Nonfiction Contest!

 

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