Meet the Charrettes

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

Some years ago, a poet friend who had moved away was back in Cambridge for a visit and invited a few friends to meet up at a local restaurant. There were six of us that … [Read More]

2017-07-16 11:10:19  

Body of a Poem: The Public Won’t Let Me Be Personal

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

Been wanting to get a haircut. Maybe clip my nails. Perhaps give away a toe or two. A hand, then the arm. Just give it all away, bit by bit. Be less body. Shrink. Who … [Read More]

2017-07-10 07:02:19  

Body of a Poem: AN ESSAY ABOUT BEING A NON MALE NON FEMALE PERSON IN THE LITERARY WORLD WRITTEN IN THE FORM OF A DREAM

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

You are on a beach. The beach is beautiful, with bright orange sand and an olive green ocean lapping against the shore. The whole sky is pink. You feel like the world has been color-shifted … [Read More]

2017-07-06 18:33:40  

VIDA Reads with Writers — Jaime Lowe!

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

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 … [R

2017-07-03 22:40:34  

Body of a Poem: Transition as Act of Consent//Writing as Act of Consent//Ghosts as Act of Consent

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

I. When I began thinking about hormonal transition—long after I had articulated a gender of in-betweenness to myself—it was in the middle of a long hot season, my first full summer in New York City. That … [Read More]

2017-06-29 21:46:24  

VIDA Reads with Writers — Sarah Clark!

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

What are you reading on the subway or in the waiting room today? Ching-In Chen’s recombinant. Wendy Xu’s Phrasis. I’m still working through QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology. Literally yesterday, about 50 of my favorite …&

2017-06-25 21:51:21  

Report from the Field: Drunken Boat Is Now Anomaly

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

This Report from the Field is a republication of Erica Mena-Landry’s personal blog post regarding the developing controversy regarding literary figure Ravi Shankar. ~~~ [A single-panel comic in which a brain with glasses … [Read

2017-06-21 14:18:30  

Body of a Poem: A Collection of Unfinished Statements

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

I felt sexy for the first time in a long time when I first wore a binder, like my body was finally something that belonged to me. I don’t hate my body. This is something that … [Read More]

2017-06-18 17:47:35  

VIDA Reads with Writers — Ellie Tipton!

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

What are you reading on the subway or in the waiting room today? WARNING: It’s ALL Poetry. I’ve been trying to work through all the books I picked up at AWP 2016. I just finished Elizabeth … [Read More]

2017-06-13 16:56:33  

Patricia Smith – VIDA Voices & Views

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

About This Episode: In this episode of VIDA Voices and Views, Melissa Studdard interviews poet and fiction writer, Patricia Smith, who reads from her award-winning poetry collection Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah and discusses topics ranging from the

2017-01-09 10:33:05  

Voices of Bettering American Poetry 2015 — Brittney Scott

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

What have you been reading, watching, or listening to lately? What new or emerging writer do you want the world to know about? A.M. Brant is one of my favorite emerging female working-class writers. She teaches … [Read More]

2016-12-18 16:07:33  

Report from the Field: To Go to Sea: Making a Place in a Male Literary Landscape

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

The first real poet I got to know was my teacher for two weeks at the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, the summer I turned 18. Her name was Diann Blakely, recently returned to her maiden … [Read More]

2016-12-15 01:29:01  

Report from the Field: Speaking Into Silences

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

I was afraid to write this essay. I have never written a personal essay. I write poetry, in which content is delivered through an experience in language, and I write narrative history, in which content … [Read More]

2016-12-12 01:17:19  

Report from the Field: Getting Along Shouldn’t Be an Ambition

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

  1. This summer, I attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as a workstudy student, meaning I received a tuition scholarship in exchange for serving as a waiter in the dining room during the ten-day conference. When … [Read Mo

2016-12-02 18:08:12  

Voices of Bettering American Poetry 2015 — Rachel Eliza Griffiths

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

What have you been reading, watching, or listening to lately? What new or emerging writer do you want the world to know about?  I’m rereading June Jordan’s essays. I just finished revisiting Gwendolyn Brooks’ Maud Martha. … [Read More

2016-11-21 16:03:46  

Voices of Bettering American Poetry 2015 — Michael Wasson

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

What have you been reading, watching, or listening to lately? What new or emerging writer do you want the world to know about?  Because of my lack of instant access, I haven’t had the ability to … [Read More]

2016-11-13 14:28:51  

Voices of Bettering American Poetry 2015 — Tanaya Winder

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

How do you practice self-care when writing about difficult subject matter?  I breathe. I run outside along the creek with foot to pavement, on dirt, and mother Earth to remind myself that I am but a … [Read More]

2016-11-06 18:52:32  

Voices of Bettering American Poetry 2015 — Jos Charles

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

What have you been reading, watching, or listening to lately? What new or emerging writer do you want the world to know about?  I have been reading Clarice Lispector (always, always), Turn Your Illness Into a … [Read More]

2016-11-01 12:47:37  

Voices of Bettering American Poetry 2015 — Carmen Giménez Smith

VIDA — Women in Literary Arts

What do you have to say to those who would suggest your writing is too intense or upsetting? Take it slow. Take a break. Take a cry. Take a bath. Dig back in. What advice do you … [Read More]

2016-10-24 21:06:56  

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