Happy May, everyone! We had a stellar group of blog posts this past month and a really terrific Will Read for Women donation drive in Washington DC. This month the StS team will make the final edits for our 2013 Fall issue and prepare the rising staff to take over their new roles as current editors charge to graduate with their MFA degrees from George Mason University!
This month we will say goodbye to Editor-in-Chief Kate Partridge, Managing Editor Mike Stein, Poetry & Blog Editor Me (Sheila McMullin), Nonfiction Editor Chrissy Widmayer, and Fiction Editor Dan Hong. We will be heartbroken to say our farewell, but so proud to be sending such strong feminists into the world and see what good work they do next! We all feel so thrilled for the rising staff and can’t wait to see what projects and goals they accomplish! Look forward to StS interviews with out-going staff members at the end of this month and beginning of June.
• Friday, April 12th Will Read For Women Donation Drive was a great time with readings from Kim Roberts, Mel Nichols, Nicole Idar, Kyle Daragan, and Jill Leininger in support of Virginia’s Bethany House women’s shelter.
• Spring 2013 fiction contributor, Sarah Seybold shares her thoughts on writing her piece “Empty Cases.”
Looking forward to what’s coming next!
With love as always,
So to Speak had such a fun month! We traveled to Boston for AWP, met new friends and reunited with old! Our Favorite Feminist Reading at Sonsie with Danielle Pafunda, Lara Glenum, Julie Marie Wade, and Moira Egan was fantastic and we partied hard! Our submissions period closed on the 15th and we are all nose deep in tremendous feminist writing and art! We look forward to sharing our final selections with you in the next few months!
Look forward to our annual Will Read For Women event at the Black Squirrel in Washington D.C. on April 12th starting at 8:00pm with readings from Kyle Dargan, Jill Leininger, Mel Nichols, and Kim Roberts and Nicole Idar. Price of entry is a pantry neccessity or tiolettry to donate to the Bethany House Women’s Shelter.
Check out what else happened this month at StS by following these links!
Former StS editor, Alyse Knorr, review’s contributor Paul David Atkin’s book The Upside Down House
We recapped and expanded our understandings of men and feminism, both separate and together.
As we gear up for AWP Boston, let’s take a moment to celebrate all the tremendous blog posts featured this month by winners of our 2013 writing contests and past StS readers, and of events to look forward to!
On Saturday, March 9, 2013 StS will host an AWP Off-Site Event at Sonsie Restaurant from 3-5 PM with the amazing feminist writers Danielle Pafunda, Lara Glenum, Julie Marie Wade, and Moira Egan. So to Speak turned 21 this year so come have a drink with us and enjoy great feminist writing.
Our brilliant and forward thinking Art Editor, Ceci Cole McInturff, is now accepting art submissions for the 2013 All-Media Visual Art Competition “The Hybrid Book.” Entries should be submitted on-line by April 15, 2013 through our Submissions Manager. Winners will be announced June 1st. Download the Complete Call Flyer
Caitlin Cowan author of Every Creeping Thing, StS’s Poetry Runner-Up Winner writes “The Thousand Gestures, or What I Learned from Hagar.”
Lucy Green, author of Melt, StS’s Nonfiction Contest Winner writes “Failing Feminist or Oversimplified Ideology?”
Laura Grothaus, author of Baba Yaga in Conversation with her Home, StS’s Poetry runner-up writes “Home, Body, Witches: Laura Grothaus Writes on the Interior Spaces of the Physique.”
Lynn Casteel Harper, author of Playing the Numbers, StS’s nonfiction contest runner-up writes “Feminism, Faith’s Tremendous Ally.”
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StS had a huge month! We celebrated inaugural victories when President Obama honored and remembered Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall, when he declared “our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts,” “until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well,” and “ until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.” With huge smiles we opened the boxes to behold our newest issue, Spring Vol. 22 No. 1! And laid the foundation to have a kickin’ AWP offsite reading with poetry, fiction, and nonfiction rockstars to celebrate StS’s 21st birthday! Where better to celebrate our legal drinking age than at Sonsie’s from 3-6 pm March 9th? So make sure to check back in to get all the details before AWP Boston!
With gorgeous artwork from the cover to inside pages curated by our new art editor, Ceci Cole McInturff, we are so happy to congratulation again our contest winners! Representing nonfiction, Lucy Bryan Green won our grand prize with Melt. Contest judge Julie Marie Wade also celebrated Lynn Casteel Harper’s Playing the Numbers and Lauren Koshere’s Shoshone.
Representing poetry, Rebecca Dunham won with Glass Armonica. Contest judge Danielle Pafunda also celebrated Caitlin Cowan’s Every Creeping Thing and Laura Grothaus’ Baba Yaga in Conversation with her Home.
Get an inside look at our winning pieces by following our contest winners’ guest blog posts! Join in on the conversation of what makes feminist writing feminist by providing your insights in the comment boxes below the posts!
- Start here, by reading the full-text of Rebecca Dunham’s poem, which complements her guest post on the history of hysteria and how medical discrimation influenced the writing of Glass Arominca.
- Also, check out Lauren Koshere’s guest post, Yellostone Social, in 33 Miles around Shoshone Lake, which thinks about the male dominated nature-writing genre and how she tackles her enviroment with strength, courage, and persistence.
- In more political news, New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, focuses on social issues in his State of State address. StS poetry reader, Luke Huffman, discusses Cuomo’s feminist implication and celebrates feminist positive speech in political news.
We are accepting creative writing and art submissions until March 15th! Looking forward to reading your work and make sure to say hi at AWP!
Filed under: Announcements, Art, Fiction, Monthly News Round-Up, Nonfiction, Poetry
So to Speak is pleased to open the reading period for our Fall 2013 issue! Submit your best visual art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry pieces to our online submissions manager from January 1st to March 15th. This issue will feature the winners of our annual art and fiction contests, along with our open reading periods for poetry and nonfiction. For more information of open submissions and contest details please visit our Submit Page and Contest Page. We are excited to see your work!
This year’s fiction contest judge is Asali Solomon, the author of Get Down: stories. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and was one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35″ in 2007. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, O the Oprah Magazine, Essence, Vibe and in the anthologies Philadelphia Noir, Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips and Other Parts and Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on the Albums that Changed Their Lives. She has a PhD in English from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Haverford College near Philadelphia.
To enter, submit a manuscripts not exceeding 4,500 words (with double-spaced and numbered 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 Fall 2013 issue.
Art Contest: The “Hybrid” Book
In our 2013 visual art competition we seek entries in all media which the makers consider to represent – in any and all ways – the book experience.
We welcome submissions to this competition including performance, digital and new media, photography and all 2D and 3D visual art forms, as well as sculptural book and artist’s book objects, whether or not incorporating text.
Increasingly digitalized, culturally iconic in its historic codex forms, valued always from Kindle to library as an experience, is the book. What that actually means to each reader/viewer/handler is at a time of highly fluid interpretation. Art, object, and installation as “book” also is a rapidly expanding area of contemporary art.
All entries must be received on-line only (with a cover letter) through our Submission Manager. The submission fee is $15 and can be paid through our Submission Manager. All entrants will receive a free copy of our Fall 2013 issue.
All entries must be in jpg or tif formats at 300 dpi. Please submit individual entries as LastName_Title, and include dimensions if applicable, the materials used as applicable, a brief description of the submission, and a brief artist’s bio. One submission per artist, please.
In other December StS news:
We had a fun month of interviews, lesson plans, and nominations!
We sent our gorgeous 2013 Spring Issue to the printers and look forward to sending all you feminists an amazing journal!
Poetry Reader Alicia P interviewed poet Moira Egan. Poet Egan gave us lovely insights into her favorite feminist writers and encouraged us to “(f)ollow your gut, honor your duende, and don’t let other people tell you what you should write or who you should be.”
Congratulations, again, to Robert Kostuck with “If I Had the Wings of a Dove” (fiction), Lauren C. Ostberg with “On Hair” (nonfiction), Adriana Paramo with “QuarterLife of Love” (nonfiction), and Sheila Black with “Migrant” (poetry) who are StS‘s 2012 Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series nominees! Good Luck!
Best to you and your families in the New Year!