VIDA Reads with Writers — Jaime Lowe!

What are you reading on the subway or in the waiting room today?

I’m finishing up Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan Novels. I’m also revisiting Margaret Atwood’s Negotiating with the Dead.

What book popped for you in 2016?

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson and The Natashas by Yelena Moskovich.

Whose words do you return to regularly?

“Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.” – André Malraux

Is there an author you can’t wait to read next?

Yes. Durga Chew-Bose (Too Much and Not the Mood) and Patty Yumi Cottrell (Sorry to Disrupt the Peace).

What are you working on now?

A collection of short stories.

What do you hope your work for the VIDA Count will achieve?

I hope my work with VIDA will help them continue to blow up the literary world’s exclusionary spot. I hope it will encourage more bylines by female-identified writers and radically increase diversity in publishing. I want to see the work of writers from different classes, races, ethnicities and identities come to the forefront (and stay there).


Jaime Lowe is a writer, critic, artist and organizer. Her work has been featured in BUST, The New York Times, Bitch Magazine and WIRED, among others. In 2015, she was awarded the Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize. She lives and works in Brooklyn.