A note on #readingwomen–and other underrepresented authors

As noted, I am a fan of the push to #readwomen2014. Now that VIDA has released their Count for 2013 (a breakdown of how many male or female writers are published or reviewed by leading literary publications), it's clear that calling for change in concrete terms (such as quantity of reviews and reviewers) can indeed be effective, and… Continue reading A note on #readingwomen–and other underrepresented authors

Books by women I’ve read in 2013

At Flavorwire, Lilit Marcus explains why she only read books by women in 2013: I’m a writer. When my book, Save the Assistants, came out in 2011, all I wanted was for other people to read it. So it seemed only logical to repay the favor. Most of my favorite writers – Iris Murdoch, Willa Cather,… Continue reading Books by women I’ve read in 2013

Words and Pain: two poems by Miroslav Holub

This post is modified from the original on Peachleaves. When I was teaching an introductory literature course organized around the concepts of comedy and tragedy, one of my toughest sells was that it is possible--desirable, sometimes--to take apart a joke to see what makes it funny. Thinking critically about humor really brought home the overarching… Continue reading Words and Pain: two poems by Miroslav Holub

Get Excited, and Get Lucky

Hello friends. Have a poem for this hot, hot summer day: Getting Lucky With Jamie by Nicole Steinberg If you want to go a tiny bit hipster, here’s how: Grab a romper and go to town on the all-natural train from Jackson Heights to lower Manhattan; mask any contempt for the matchy-matchy girls under your… Continue reading Get Excited, and Get Lucky

NaPoWriMo Week Four Point Five: Sarcastic Sonnets

This is a short week at the end of a challenging month, so I decided to treat myself to some sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay. As I used to tell my literature students, Millay offers great break-up poetry--she gives a great kissoff, as in "I being born a woman and distressed," but she also conveys the… Continue reading NaPoWriMo Week Four Point Five: Sarcastic Sonnets

NaPoWriMo Week Four: Aleatory Selection

For this sextet of poems, I will not make a pretense of having read one per day. In truth, I felt a little at sea after week three; I wanted to leave more up to chance and to be surprised, but I wasn't sure how to invite random poems in. I asked friends for recs.… Continue reading NaPoWriMo Week Four: Aleatory Selection