Featured Fem | Meet Saadia Faruqi

ATT_1451934078970_16640Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani-American writer, interfaith leader, and author of Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan. She edits Blue Minaret, an online literary magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose. Her thoughts about the global Muslim experience can be read in NBC Asian America and the Huffington Post, among others.

Fem: What is your definition of feminism?

Saadia Faruqi: I was born and raised in Pakistan, and only moved to the U.S. in my early twenties. So my concepts of feminism are different from a typically-western or typically American ideology. I’m also a Muslim, and so what it means to me to be a woman is informed by my religious beliefs as well. For me feminism is female empowerment and agency. Continue reading “Featured Fem | Meet Saadia Faruqi”

Featured Friday | We Want YOU!

femfeatured_imageWe want feminist writers/artists! 

Every Friday we post an interview with writers we want to showcase. So far we’ve interviewed Sheila McMullin, Caseyrenée Lopez, Lora MathisGurkeyrith, Amy Butcher, and so many other amazing authors and editors. Not only do we celebrate the writers we feature, but this is also a chance for them to promote their work and inspire others.

If you’d like to be included in our project, or know someone we should reach out to, send an email to femfeatured@gmail.com.

Featured Friday | Meet Never Kerouac

sydney cunninghamToday’s featured writer is feminist poet, Sydney Cunningham, who writes under the pseudonym Never Kerouac. Check out her interview below:

Fem: What motivated you to write poetry?

Never Kerouac: I always had this stream of consciousness going through my head. Ways to say certain feelings, imagery, a scene I wanted to create. I spent almost half my childhood with it before I realized an outlet for that kind of energy was writing. I would be obsessed with certain lyrics and the way of saying something. I could lay for hours and think about words or a conversation. I didn’t ever sit down and actually try to craft a poem until late in high school. Before my junior year, my grandmother died. It was the first death I had ever dealt with and making something was the healthiest outlet I had. Now, it’s a part of everything I do. I keep a note where I write lines to a piece I don’t know. Continue reading “Featured Friday | Meet Never Kerouac”

Featured Friday | Meet Nicole Belanger

NicoleBelangerFeminist writer and leader, Nicole Belanger, is our next featured writer. Check out our interview with her below:

Fem: Tell us about your interview series, Conversations with Her.

Nicole Belanger: Conversations With Her is a bi-weekly interview series profiling women and their powerful stories. The series was created to shine a spotlight on the every day lived experiences of women, in the hope that it might make those who read them feel a little more seen, and a lot less alone. No topic is off limits — we’ve covered everything from invisible disability to professional anxiety to pregnancy loss — if it matters to the woman being interviewed, we’re going to talk about it.

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Featured Friday | Meet Loretta Oleck

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Today’s Featured Writer is Loretta Oleck, a psychotherapist, photographer, and poet with a masters in creative writing from New York University. Check out our interview with her:

Fem: Why is poetry your medium of choice?

Loretta Oleck: It is very much about being in the moment, a way for me to process my feelings, a means to release energy, a tool to play, and a portal for me to enter and be with myself in a creative zone.  Poetry grounds me amid chaos, or attempts to make sense of personal, political, and societal injustices. Most significantly, poetry offers me a means to express myself in a less linear and more abstract way. It pushes me into the mysterious. Continue reading “Featured Friday | Meet Loretta Oleck”

Featured Friday | Meet Lynn Michell

unnamedToday we feature author and publisher, Lynn Michell. Check out our interview with her to learn about her latest novel and her indie press for women:

Fem: What is it like running a press? Are there any challenges?

Lynn Michell: I laughed at this first question, especially the “Any challenges?” I set up Linen Press with no experience of publishing, and I run it myself with help from one freelance colleague and two superb interns. It’s not a job, it’s a way of life. If it wasn’t, it would go under because the book trade is a tough place right now with competition from the Big Five conglomerates who put out their crowd pleasers in tens of thousands and with Amazon’s price slashing. What I do is right up the other end of the scale  – working with new and innovative authors and publishing their writing in small runs.

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Featured Friday | Meet Lyndsay Kirkham

Lyndsay KirkhamToday’s interview features feminist writer, mother, and teacher Lindsay Kirkham. Learn about her influences and how she brings feminism into the classroom:

Fem: How long have you been writing? What makes writing important to you?

Lyndsay Kirkham: I have a visceral memory of running my hands over the faux leather covered journal my mother gave me when I was five years old. She was putting herself through nursing school as a single mother of two children and things had been pretty rough for us. She told me that a journal was a great place to store all of the thoughts and responses I had to what had been going on. It was in this journal that I started writing my first poetry, songs and little story snippets. Writing was initially about survival. Of course, as a child, I wouldn’t have articulated it using that language, but in retrospect and with rereading, it’s evident that I was sorting through what I was experiencing. The poverty, the long spaces of time away from my mother, the removal of my father from our lives, the constant relocation. These were all early themes in my writing. At close to 40, writing has become more of a conduit for engaging with social issues and my research interests (I am currently writing a novel about Margery of Kempe, a medieval lady mystic).

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Featured Friday | We Want YOU!

femfeaturedWe want feminist writers/artists! 

Every Friday we post an interview with writers we want to showcase. So far we’ve interviewed Sheila McMullin, Caseyrenée Lopez, Lora MathisGurkeyrith, Amy Butcher, and so many other amazing authors and editors. Not only do we celebrate the writers we feature, but this is also a chance for them to promote their work and inspire others.

If you’d like to be included in our project, or know someone we should reach out to, send an email to femfeatured@gmail.com.

Featured Friday | Meet Carol Lynn Curchoe

On Tuesday, we published a short story by Carol Lynn Curchoe and today she is our Featured Writer. Check out our interview with her and her thoughts on writing and scientific literacy:

Fem: Have you always been a writer?

Carol Lynn Curchoe: Yes, although, I did not begin writing until personal word processing entered my life because my penmanship and concentration for things that involve fine motor skills is truly lacking ☺. I attribute word processing to changing my life course forever and ever happily ever after. Until then, I was a very frustrated writer who could not deliver the words in my head. Word processing planted its life-restoring kiss on my lips, waking me from my hand written nightmare.

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Featured Friday | Meet Sheila McMullin

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On this Featured Friday, we interviewed feminist editor and writer, Sheila McMullin. Read more about her and her work below:

Fem: You do a lot for feminism and writing. Do you mind listing the magazines/organizations you work with?

Sheila McMullin: I’d love the opportunity to list the magazines and organizations I partner with! Thank you!

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts

I am on the Web Team and serve as the Assistant Managing Editor. I write a column, called “Spotlight On!,” featuring and celebrating literary publications that publish exemplary work and include within their pages a diverse representation of writers.  I manage the press kit and events calendar (send your feminist events to smcmullin@vidaweb.com) among some other tasks. And this year I was integral to managing and releasing the first Women of Color Count. This has been an exciting year to volunteer with VIDA.

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