Tag Archive | women-centered

Short Story Collection by Winnipeg Author Casey Plett

So, having heard about this awesome event happening in Montreal on June 5th, I thought I’d point you all towards Winnipeg author Casey Plett‘s anthology of short stories, A Safe Girl to Love – A collection of eleven stories about young trans women “[…] stumbling through loss, sex, harassment, and love. These stories, shiny with whiskey and prairie sunsets, rattling subways and neglected cats, show growing up as a trans girl can be charming, funny, frustrating, or sad, but never will it be predictable.”
The event will also feature Toronto writer and performance artist Morgan M. Page and a number of writers and performers from the U.S. If you’re in Montreal in early June, do check it out.

Ditch Magazine – Girls’ Night Out

So, Ditch has created a page to celebrate the Canadian and international women writers who have contributed to their magazine.
 

Contributions to literary magazines seem to run about 70% male to 30% female. There doesn’t appear to be any clear answer as to why more women don’t submit – the reasons are as varied as the women themselves.

 
No, me and my cynical side, look at that statement and think:
But, wait. “Contribution” means a piece that gets accepted for publication. That’s not the same as “Submission”. There are two things being said here…
 
None the less, I appreciate Ditch’s putting up this page, featuring links to the work of all their women contributors. If you are looking for avant guarde and experimental women poets to read on your own, or to invite to you stage, this would be a good place to start. 🙂
 
Their list includes Ottawa’s own Amanda Earl, Christine McNair, and Pearl Pirie, as well as many, many others.
 
Here’s the link.

Voices of Venus ft Amanda Earl

Amanda Earl FB Event Banner - April 2013
 
Amanda Earl is an Ottawa Poetry dynamo. She has no less than seven chapbooks to her name, and her work has appeared in numerous publications, most recently including: Rampike 19.2, the Cultural Mischief Issue; PRECIPICe, Volume 3; and Dusie 10.
She has been the managing editor for Bywords.ca and the Bywords Quarterly Journal for ten years; and also runs AngelHousePress through-which she publishes the Experiment-O annual e-magazine.
Amanda has performed on numerous stages around the city, including Tree, VERSeFest, and – back in 2009 – VoV’s very first show.
Tonight, she’s bringing us an erotically charged set featuring both poetry and prose. Do come out and join us. 🙂

Trobairitz (Catherine Owen) – Poetry Squee. :-)

So. While I was at VERSeFest, I picked up Catherine Owen’s latest poetry collection, Trobairitz, about-which I will now squee at length. 😀
 

Book Cover – Trobairitz (Catherine Owen) The author, bespiked and with black hair flying, wailing on her bass. Yes.


 
Me being me, perhaps its no surprise that I saw the cover and had to at least check it out. 😉
I pulled it off the merch table, and checked the description on the back cover:
Twenty-first century metalheads; twelfth century troubadours and their female counterparts, the trobairitz—what could they possibly have in common? The creation of an often misunderstood and at times reviled genre for one; for another, a kin preoccupation with the questioning of structures set up by class, gender, and religion.
So far, so good. That she got a blurb from Kate Braid (one of my favourite poets – you can listen to some of her poetry here) didn’t hurt, either.
But it was the random sellection – open the book at a random page, and see what’s there – that sold it for me.
I landed on a poem called “Metal Show” – a piece which, the next night, she performed in a spitfire style that would be at home on local slam stages – my heart sundered by the opening words “Tribe is what they are”. So, too, for Tribute (dedicated to RJ Dio), and for Plazer 3, for the Canso of As It Is, for the way she takes old forms and builds them into new situations, reforges those links between one rebelious, heretical musical tradition and another.
 
I’m biased, I know. I love the subject matter. Love metal, love music history, love this history of women’s voices, too. It’s my kind of book. 🙂
If it sounds like your kind of book, I recommend that you check it out, too. 🙂
 
 
TTFN,
A.