Welmmann’s work is a direct descendent of Meret Oppenheim's and Elsa Schiaparelli’s. And just as Oppenheim and Schiaparelli, Wellmann is on the “right side” of representation of the female form. On a platform ridden with casual and blatant misogyny, there is repose in Wellmann’s posts.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard statements like, “I don’t read poetry. I just don’t get it.” While poetry can seem inaccessible and impossible to understand, it is important for and relevant to everyone!
Literary journals are unique, playful spaces that foster dialogue between readers and writers and transform the meanings of texts. When read publicly, these texts expand even more as listeners generate their own interpretations.
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.
Kristen Smith discusses the 2015 Trillium Awards and talks to publishers and writers present at the awards about genre-bias and gender gap in the realms of awards, writing and publishing and the future of women writers.
Harsha Walia's critiques of neoliberal feminism are focused on untangling the current feminist rhetoric of independence (which reasserts Enlightenment ideals with strong ties to imperialism and capitalism) and inserting interdependence in its place. An expansive feminism emphasizes the ways that women need each other.
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!)
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.