July 02, 2016

Binders full of women.

Ask and ye shall receive—especially if you ask the Binders. I put out a call for interviewees for the Featured Writer section and was overwhelmed (in a good way!) by the response. I've got some incredibly talented writers lined up for months, and in dozens of exchanges with some amazing women over the past few days, I've learned about all of the cool projects they've been working on this year. 

Which got me thinking. You, dear friends, are accomplishing great things every week, and I'd like to dedicate some space here to recognizing your hard work. That's why I've added a new section featuring your good news to end this little newsletter on a high note. Think of it as your permission to brag a little. If you've published a story, won an award, finished your manuscript, or finally found your writing groove again, I want to hear about it. Just hit "reply" and tell me what's going on in your world.


Interweb Finds

A toast to The ToastWhy women (sometimes) don't help other women. The many faces of trauma. The young and the homeless. The medical debt of an attempted suicide. When journalism is miscategorized as memoir. Why you should aim for 100 rejections a yearA voice of one's ownBuilding up to becoming an emerging writerPigeons light up the Brooklyn sky.

From the Witty Title Here archives: Writer Spotlight: Sofia Marie Gonzalez​

Upcoming Deadlines

Jul. 5 The Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize for Writing for Social Justice​
Jul. 7 Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition
Jul. 8 Headline Submissions (fiction and creative non-fiction)
Jul. 10 Briarpatch Magazine Submissions (theme: Labour)
Jul. 10 StoryQuarterly Fiction Submissions ($5 fee)
Jul. 10 Bare Fiction Magazine: General Poetry Submissions

Weekly Inspiration

by Julie Winegard

"I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me." — Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

Featured Writer: Stacey Balkun

About the writer: Stacey Balkun is the author of Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak (dancing girl 2016) & Lost City Museum (ELJ 2016). A finalist for the 2016 Event Horizon Science Poetry Competition as well as the Center for Women Writer's 2016 Rita Dove Award, her work has appeared in Gargoyle, Muzzle, THRUSH, Bayou, and others. A 2015 Hambidge Fellow, Stacey served as Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013. She holds an MFA from Fresno State and teaches poetry online at The Poetry Barn.

Q: What writing projects have you done recently/are you working on currently?
A: My chapbook, Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak, came out in May from dancing girl press. It’s a sort of speculative, fabulist coming-of-age story that throws magical elements into the real world. The project centers on adoption and finding a place in a world that can feel like it has no place for you. The poems are mostly about family—a topic I found difficult to write about until I found magical realism. Now I’m editing a collection of domestic fabulist poetry, along with the poet Catherine Moore, since so many women are writing in this vein.

In six words or fewer, describe your dream office.
Corner diner booth, coffee, books, fries.

What was the last book you read that rocked your world?
I’m revisiting Cecilia Woloch’s Earth, and it shatters me every time. It’s one of my most inspirational books.

Finish this sentence: "The world of publishing desperately needs more..."

What is one lesson that writing has taught you (about writing, the human condition, yourself)?
Writing can give voice to what’s been silenced. Jackalope-Girl helped me deal with family history, and my most recent poems focus on female surrealist painters (whom history has largely ignored) to bring to light their work and their lives.

Check out Stacey's website here.

Community Congrats!

  • Suzanne signed a contract with an agent for her novel. Pop the champagne! 🍾
  • Maria has two forthcoming publications: "Kalispell" will be in the fall issue of The Missouri Review, and "Cougar" will be in the winter issue of The Iowa Review. GET 'EM, GIRL. 👊
  • Mya's writers group, Bay Area Trans Writers Workshop, received a grant to fund their meetings and publish their first lit mag. She'll also be performing at the Falcon Ridge Folk Fest this summer and will have several poems in a new anthology by the Lambda Lit Award-winning Eaogh: A Journal of the Arts. DAMN. 🙌
  • Lynn published a story on Purple Clover called “Reunited on Dr. Phil.” Nice work! 💁
  • Rachelle published her second book, Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds, in June. Congratulations!! 💃
  • Birgitte's new book, The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree, was selected by Foreword Reviews as one of six YA spotlight reviews in their Summer 2016 issue. KILLIN' IT. 🔥
​Have any news to share? A byline, breakthrough, or big break? Go ahead and brag! No achievement is too small to shout from the rooftops (or interwebs). Email me the good news. We could all use the inspiration.

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