Readings, Readings, Readings

Hi gang, Just a small update to let everyone know I’ll be doing two readings in the near-ish future. Next Saturday, March 22nd, I’ll be reading at Cafe Istanbul for Mad Zineious Wordz and Muzic, featuring The Shiz and Jonathan Brown. I’ll be reading a poem inspired by The Talking Heads, so basically, you should probably come and see me stutter my way through a poem about serial killers and dead bodies. Starts at six, ends at ten, you can probably drink all the beer forever, so really, why not? The next weekend, I’ll be joining some other staff members from Quaint Magazine as well as some of the lovely ladies from Belle Journal at the GCACWT Conference in Fairhope, Alabama. At 10am on Friday the 28th you can come see our panel on women in...

Claiming identity: gender and how we name ourselves

I have been meditating recently on my decision to brand Quaint Magazine as being “for ladies”. Really, it wasn’t a decision so much as it was a natural reaction, a knee-jerk to my own personal feelings about the word “woman”. I didn’t want the magazine to be “woman’s writing” because I had not yet – still have not fully – reconciled my complicated feelings about the word “woman”. “Girl”, however – up until recently my gendered noun of choice – seemed suddenly inappropriate for the depth and scope of what I wanted Quaint to be. I feared that branding the magazine as “girl’s writing” or “girl words” was to trivialize and make juvenile...


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