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Dear Tenured Mom, I’m currently on the academic job market and pregnant. While the pregnancy itself is exciting and great news in my personal life, I’ve heard it can/will be frowned upon by hiring committees. When I was on the market last year, several committees asked me if I had… [Read More]
VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, the nonprofit organization founded to raise awareness of gender equality issues in literary culture, announces that this year we will release a Women of Color VIDA Count as part of our annual VIDA Count data. Since 2010, VIDA has sought to deepen and complicate the… [Read More]
Recently my grandmother writes on Facebook under a picture of my, at the time, fourteen-year-old sister: “sexy.” A few days later I see my now seventeen-year-old sister, nine years my junior, in an H&M plaid mini-skirt that barely covers her ass. “That’s way too short,” I say and, then, in… [Read More]
The “Alt Lit” (“alternative literature”) community—described by Gawker’s Allie Jones as a net-based literary genre that is “hip, youthful, awkward, and uncomfortably self-aware”—was fragmented by controversy over the past few months. This was namely due to the fact that a number of influential gatekeepers and figures—including Janey Smith/Steven Trull, Stephen… [Read More]
We all struggle to write about who we are, how we are treated in the world, and our social context. So working with a poet who is writing about American racism, women workers, the repercussions of slavery, explicitly gave all of us permission to write about our social context, and… [Read More]
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