Creative Friction: For Francesca Lia Block, Writing is Healing

Francesca Lia Block’s new book The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and The Creative Process, weaves memoir with lessons on the craft of writing to create a unique and visceral guide to creativity.

Abby Norman on Endometriosis, Healthcare, and the Legacy of Female “Hysteria”

We want there to be these tidy endings, but that isn’t the reality of living with a chronic illness. Read more »

The Mortal Ones: How Young Women Navigate Serious Illnesses

What comes to mind when we think about people with serious illnesses? Read more »

Trauma Club: The Chronic Popularity of Illness Lit

Cure, remission, and rehabilitation provide the happy ending and death the sad one. Read more »

Radical Bodies: “Dietland” Author Sarai Walker On Her Taboo-Busting Book’s Journey To TV

Dietland’s willingness to engage with difficult, complex subjects—not least of which is women’s anger—feels deeply resonant right now.  Read more »

A Displaced Body: “Sick” and the Elusive Search for Wellness

I continue to be poor. I continue to be sick. The system keeps me that way. Read more »

BitchReads: 15 Books Feminists Should Read In June

We’re six months into 2018, and the great books just keep coming. Read more »

Backtalk: Junot Diaz & MeToo

Can Diaz redeem himself? Read more »

Big Time: Julie Murphy’s Quest To Humanize Fat Girls

Puddin’ takes readers back to the small town made famous in Dumplin’. Read more »

When #MeToo Was a Blank Canvas: Joy McCullough Wants Teens to Know About Artemisia Gentileschi

Joy McCullough’s novel Blood Water Paint offers a stunning portrait of the painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Read more »

BitchReads: 19 Books Feminists Should Read In May

Does it get any better than Zora Neale Hurston? Read more »

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Know & Tell: The literary renaissance of trans women writers

For so long, the people who wrote about us were not us. Finally, that is beginning to change. Read more »

Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »

Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »

Hot Under the Bonnet: The cooptation of Amish culture in mass-market fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »