This month, TIME magazine unveiled their 100 Women of the Year project, which shines a light on influential women from the past century who have been overshadowed by their past Man of the Year covers. Choose a woman who has played an important role in your life—someone you have been close to for many years, or an acquaintance or celebrity whose words or actions have affected you in a significant way—and think of one year that was particularly affected by your encounter. Write a personal essay that details your memories of an inciting incident, and that celebrates the impact of this woman. Browse through TIME’s new covers for inspiration.
Third Place Seward Park is a general-interest bookstore featuring new and used books with a used-book buying counter open seven days a week. The shop opened its doors in May 2016 in the Seward Park neighborhood of south Seattle.
It’s Women’s History Month and I wanted to take a moment to shout-out ten women writers living in New Orleans that you should know about and can follow on Twitter. These are just a few of many amazing women who live in this thriving literary city doing phenomenal work.
Bernice L. McFadden
McFadden is the author of the novel The Book of Harlan (Akashic Books, 2016), winner of the 2017 American Book Award. Her latest novel, Praise Song for the Butterflies (Akashic Books, 2018), was longlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Root is a poet who helps run a monthly literary salon called Dogfish, which invites the public to a free poetry reading set in a living room. She also has a very active Twitter feed and you can subscribe to her love letters.
Young is a poet and teaches in the creative writing department at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy
Dr. Saloy is a scholar, author, and active member of the Louisiana Folklore Society. Her latest book, Second Line Home: New Orleans Poems (Truman State University Press, 2014), is a collection of poems that celebrates the language and people of New Orleans.
Grace is a political columnist for the New Orleans Advocate, our local newspaper.
Shaik is a native of New Orleans and the author of adult and children’s books, including What Went Missing and What Got Found (Xavier Review Press, 2015), a short story collection depicting life before and after Hurricane Katrina.
Kristina Kay Robinson
Robinson is a writer and New Orleans editor at large at Burnaway, a nonprofit magazine about contemporary art from Atlanta and the American South.
Attenberg is the author of seven books of fiction including her latest novel, All This Could Be Yours (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). You can read more about her writing process in her installment of Poets & Writers’ Ten Questions.
What women writers influence your work? Tell us by using #WomenWritersTaughtMe and tagging @nolapworg on Twitter.Kelly Harris is the literary outreach coordinator for Poets & Writers in New Orleans. Contact her at NOLA@pw.org or on Twitter, @NOLApworg.
The 2020 AWP Conference and Book Fair was held from March 4 to March 7 at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The conference featured more than 550 events, panel discussions, and readings; and a book fair. The keynote speaker was fiction writer Helena María Viramontes. The cost of the conference was $320 for nonmembers, $220 for members, and $70 for students. Lodging was available at the conference hotel for discounted rates. Registration was first come, first served. Visit the website for more information.
Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference and Book Fair, 5700 Rivertech Court, Suite 225, Riverdale Park, MD 20737. (240) 696-8273.
A new Sonora Review creative nonfiction contest is open for submissions. The literary journal has partnered with the University of Arizona Consortium on Gender-Based Violence for a nonfiction contest and special online issue centered on the theme “Extinction.” The winner of the nonfiction contest will be awarded $1,000 and publication of their work as a booklet to be inserted into Issue 77 of Sonora Review. Writers must respond to the specific prompt given, which explores extinction as it relates to violence against women.
Using only the online submission system, submit a piece of creative nonfiction of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee by March 27. Author and activist Lacy M. Johnson will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Established in 1980, Sonora Review is run by graduate student volunteers in the University of Arizona Creative Writing MFA program.
Photo: Lacy M. Johnson; credit: John Carrithers
“On the average Tuesday morning most people are waiting in more than one way: waiting to get to their stop, but also waiting for news, for inspiration, for intervention, for a promotion, for a diagnosis, for breakfast,” writes Jordan Kisner in “Attunement” from her debut collection, Thin Places: Essays From In Between (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020). In the essay, Kisner writes about phases of her life spent in suspension, waiting for God, an epiphany, meaning, and for clarity of conviction to “come crashing through the ceiling.” Write a personal essay about a time when you waited for something philosophical, spiritual, or emotional to reveal itself, perhaps juxtaposing it with another memory of waiting for something more practical and tangible. Was there clarity that made it worth the wait?
“I find the notion of being ‘a writer’ ephemeral and fraught, while ‘someone who wrote today’ feels straightforward and manageable.” —Jordan Kisner, author of Thin Places
The Writers Studio, sponsored by the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, was held from February 27 to March 1 on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. The conference featured workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, and marketing and publicity for writers and agents. The faculty included fiction writers Noel Alumit, Natashia Deon, Jeanne De Vita, and Erin Entrada Kelly; nonfiction writers Antonia Crane and Amy Friedman; and publishing professional Katie Dunham. The cost of the conference was $936 with use of the early enrollment discount code “EARLY” through January 27 and $985 thereafter.
UCLA Extension Writers Studio, 1010 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024. (310) 825-9415. Nutschell Anne Windsor, Program Coordinator.
In the Paris Review Daily’s Eat Your Words series, Valerie Stivers creates recipes inspired by food references in literature. Writing about her favorite Hilda Hilst novel, Letters From a Seducer (Nightboat Books, 2014), translated from the Portuguese by John Keene, Stivers mentions the eccentric ways food is incorporated into the text: “Blouses smell of apples; people sell clams, oysters, coconuts, hearts of palm, dried meat; a penis is a giant chorizo or a ‘wise and mighty catfish’ or a strawberry.” Write an essay that incorporates the shapes, smells, textures, and connotations of food in an unexpected way. What comes to your mind when considering the skins, peels, fat, seeds, flesh, pulp, nubs, and bones from your meals?