New News!

As if the news about Nigeria’s federal ban on female genital mutilation and the recent Supreme Court ruling on marriage isn’t joy-making enough, femmeliterate has three new additions to celebrate:

Lauren K. AlleyneThe insanely talented and amazing Lauren K. Alleyne, poet, professor, feminist, visionary, and author of the unbelievably beautiful and heart-rending collection Difficult Fruit, is joining femmeliterate as a contributor! She will run the Sister2Sister column, a regular series of interviews with awe-inspiring and kick-@## women. We can’t wait to see the awesomeness she will bring to this site. If you haven’t yet read Difficult Fruit, get your copy right now and have Lauren sign it whenever she gets back from Berlin, or Greece, or England, or wherever she is off engaging in poetic inspiration. You can find her full and very impressive bio on our contributor page.

In other news, we want to celebrate the second issue of Moonsick Magazine, an online literary journal now accepting fiction, poetry, and non-fiction from “significantly female-identified people.” The editors go on to note that “Our definition of ‘women’ is the all-embracing one and gender binary is for the birds.” Amen, sister! We are especially fond of Moonsick here at femmeliterate because our new contributor Lauren Alleyne has a poem, “Elegy,” in the first issue, and Misty’s short fiction “Sudden Gone” just went live with issue two. Read, celebrate, and support writing by the female-identified, for the edification and enlightenment of all.

Third, there’s a new link on the sidebar to Minerva Rising, a literary journal “celebrating the creativity and wisdom in every woman.” Cheers to that! Check out their poetry and novella contests if you’ve got work to submit. As a footnote, novella judge Erika Robuck’s novel Fallen Beauty is on the femmeliterate I’m-gonna-read-this-book-soon list, ever since Misty picked up a signed copy at Malaprop’s bookstore in Asheville and because she is a mad fan of Edna St. Vincent Millay.

If you’ve got news of contests, journals, feminist news, and other fem-friendly literary resources to share, please let us know!