To Better Empower
An Open Letter to the Trans* and Gender Queer Literary Community Dear Family, My name is July Westhale, and I am a Count Coordinator for VIDA. I was brought on board this year to help VIDA be more inclusive of folks along the gender spectrum, and to bring visibility and discourse to the underrepresented members of our shared literary community. Together with VIDA Board Members, Count … [Read More...]
Notes to My Younger Self
Introduction by Carmen Gimenez Smith cheapest essays for saleMy youngest sister killed herself about a year ago. At the time, I felt like I had been cast out in a slow-motion tailspin. She was only 21, and although she had been having trouble, our last few conversations had seemed optimistic, hopeful. For weeks I blamed myself, which is what every survivor does. I painstakingly reviewed every … [Read More...]
Deal With It
Dear Fury #10: “What you write might hurt them… but please don’t let them take away the thing you love.”
By Dear Fury
Dear Fury, How much of a claim do I have on my own life? Memories are permanent and I cannot help but have them jump to direct consciousness when I pass a familiar place, smell, person etc. Giving these memories voice distresses my family. I so very rarely make mention of trauma and abuse; I have to act as though hundreds of events simply never happened for the comfort level of … [Read More...]
State of the Art
*Grateful acknowledgement is made to The Center for Fiction where this essay first appeared. A portion of this tribute is also included in a multi-author tribute to Alice Munro on the New Yorker's Page-Turner blog. I think I started reading Alice Munro in the early 1980s. I think the first book was The Lives of Girls and Women. It was an odd title, but I was drawn to it, because, … [Read More...]
By Amy King
In a year kicked off by the Republican party fighting the Violence Against Women Act and a nationally-broadcasted song reducing Oscar-noteworthy actresses to "boob shots," VIDA takes our annual look back to see if this regressive tenor is reflected in the treatment of women in literature in 2012. We also eyeball how the 2012 Count stacks up beside numbers from the years preceding. As always, the … [Read More...]
The 2011 Count
VIDA Presents The 2011 Count
In 2010 VIDA took on the project: of counting the rates of publication between women and men in many of our writing world’s most prestigious literary outlets. VIDA’s Count produced hundreds of responses. It seems everyone wanted to share in a conversation that appears many believe is necessary and long overdue.
So this year we’ve done it again. We hope VIDA’s Count will go on annually until that glorious time when it is no longer needed. To see the numbers up close and personal, click here. Download The 2011 Count press release here.