I Am A Vampire of Human Electrodes: Two Poets Talk About Writing and Why Likable Characters Are Boring

This month, Bitch collaborated with women-in-literary-arts group Her Kind to ask poets thought-provoking questions about art and language. Here, poets ... Read more »

Veronica Franco, History's Favorite Renaissance Prostitute Poet

In a time when prostitution and female education were both considered unwholesome, professional courtesan Veronica Franco established herself a leader in the 16th Century literary arts. Although initially known among the Venetian literati for her iconic beauty and razor-sharp wit, Franco... Read more »

Feministory: Anne Sexton, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet

Anne Sexton was born in Newton, Masachusetts in 1928. Sexton was the youngest of three daughters and quickly earned the title of the wild child. At seventeen, her parents sent her to Rogers Hall Boarding School in Lowell, Massachusetts to try and cure the rebellious side in her. After graduating... Read more »

BiblioBitch: Five Righteous Books of Poetry that Changed My Life

I’ve always felt poetry to be above me, something I could not connect with or fully understand. Or that poetry by women was always sappy (I’ve since realized that learning about poetry through a white male canonic lens brainwashed me into thinking that way). After hearing my friend... Read more »

Bibliobitch: CALYX Journal is Still Going Strong

CALYX Journal begins its 36th year of publishing fine art and literature by women with its winter 2012 issue (vol. 27, no. 3). This self-described feminist literary journal allows women’s... Read more »

BiblioBitch: Dorianne Laux and the Poetry of the Everyday

Dorianne Laux’s fifth book of poetry, The Book of Men, was released earlier this year. Spoiler alert: It is NOT ACTUALLY A BOOK OF MEN. It is a book of earth, and... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Stevie Smith

Author Florence Margaret “Stevie” Smith was born in England in 1902. Though her family called her “Peggy,” Smith’s friends dubbed her “Stevie”... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Sappho

Even in the male-dominated world of classic literature, Sappho has long been considered one of the greatest lyric poets of all time. The scholars of Hellenistic... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Dorothy Allison

I am in awe of feminist author and activist Dorothy Allison. Born in South Carolina in 1949 and now living in California, Allison has attracted numerous accolades in the last thirty years for her six published books. (They include Lambda Literary Awards, ALA Awards for Lesbian and Gay Writing and... Read more »

On Our Radar

Everyone have a good International Women’s Day/Feminist Coming Out Day? Check out these compelling links from this week, and feel free to share your stories below! Andrea Grimes... Read more »

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