What Would Serena Do?

The struggle of women, and for women in the arts particularly, remains very real. A friend’s mother told me recently, “it’s hard to do things as a woman.” It’s a basic observation, I know, but it is very true. I asked a few of my inspirational women in the arts about their experiences and how each of them find being a woman, an artist, and being both at the same time. This is what they said.

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Some Thoughts on Creative Exchange and Wine at the Kitchen Table

On Denise Levertov and Adrienne Rich discussing poetry at the kitchen table: the kitchen table is transformed from a symbol of domesticity to a site of community and intellectual reciprocity. These exchanges not only bring one’s private world into dialogue with another’s, they invite the public, collective realm of “poetry” into the private space of “women.” This is a new kitchen table. These are new women. 

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Some Thoughts on Female Singlehood

I was in the BMV on Bloor late last August, scanning the tables near the front entrance for a copy of William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch, when The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides, caught my eye. Having read and enjoyed Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides by the same author, I figured I would like this third novel as well. But the title of this particular work threw me off. It took me back to all the nineteenth-century lit. classes I took in undergrad, the ones that droned on and on as my professors perused giant tomes, exploring the nineteenth-century novel’s favourite themes—love and marriage. (barf!)

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Why start a literary journal for women writers?

As writers, we thrive when we engage with works that inspire our own projects. As a community of writers, we empower ourselves and others when we encourage women to advance their perceptions and convictions in a public forum through publication. Canthius Journal began with the desire to build such a community and to respond to the inequity in contemporary literary publishing by initiating a new space in which women's voices can be shared.

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