Featured Friday | Meet Sophia E. Terazawa

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Sophia TerazawaSophia E. Terazawa is a poet and performance artist at the yellow-burning crossroads of decolonization. Her work appears in Kalyani Magazine, As/Us Journal, Project As[I]Am, and other places. Visit her website here.

Highlights

For a full list of her work, you may poke around Sophia’s portfolio.

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Featured Friday | Meet Lillian Ann Slugocki

LAS**Lillian Ann Slugocki’s latest book, a novella, How to Travel With Your Demons, is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil Press. The premise of the story is very simple: Leda, the protagonist, waits for a car service to bring her to the airport. It is snowing. She’s travelling home to Chicago to identify the body of a family member. At its simplest, we follow the protagonist from point A to point B. However, there is also a strong mythological subtext to the story– like Odysseus she encounters many obstacles along the way, as well as guides, both good and evil. But, all roads lead, ultimately, to the morgue, and a surprising transformation. The journey of the hero, and her subsequent transformation is also very much “…a personal experience of constant becoming– an overlapping of the past and the present.”**

Fem: What inspires you as a writer? What’s your motivation?

Lillian Ann Slugocki: I have stories to tell– they’re always scurrying around inside my brain.  And if I don’t get them down, if I don’t write them, I would probably go crazy. So there’s that, lol.  I wrote my first illustrated book when I was 10, self-published, of course, and when I submitted a poem to The New Yorker, at 18, I was really insulted by the rejection. This poem, that I wrote while ridiculously stoned, listening to music at maximum volume, was genius. And I was sorry they couldn’t see that, and beyond this– I made sense of the world, and I still do, by writing it. Continue reading “Featured Friday | Meet Lillian Ann Slugocki”

Featured Friday | Meet Hannah Bonner

UntitledThe Fem: In your essays, you talk about how young girls often understand their sexuality through a sexualized lens, best encapsulated by the good girl/slut dichotomy. Do you think the word slut should be reclaimed? 

Hannah BonnerI think if you had asked me a couple of months ago my response would have been the word “slut” should be reclaimed. But after reading Leora Tanenbaum’s I am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet (2015) I really reconsidered my position on the use of the word. I think what Kathleen Hanna did in the 90s was brilliant when she wrote “slut” across her body as a way of calling out society’s sexualization of young women, but Tanenbaum points out a lot of this irony is lost on the very people who it needs to reach most. And as I learn more about the porn industry, which uses this word ad naseum, I feel more and more this word becomes wrapped up in society’s fundamental concept of who a woman is once she’s labeled a “slut” – it becomes a very narrow, one-dimensional view of a woman, one who is reduced to a sex-object and/or stereotyped based on her ethnicity (sites like “Latina Abuse”) and when a woman is reduced to an object like this, it quickly becomes easier to dehumanize her, to forget she’s a person full of dichotomies, interests, and shades of being.

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