Whitney is the founder and co-editor and of the nation-wide publication From the Root Zine and the successful workshop series Writing While Black, an initiative to develop a community of Black writers.
"I love the way poetry has the capacity to hold questions that can’t be answered; to maintain their unanswerability as active, expressive, generative."
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.
“In my own view, feminism is the claim to the truth that women have moral, political and sexual agency and should have commensurate influence in the world. Feminists are those that speak that truth and influence social mores, culture, and public life.”
Svetlana Lilova, author of Metaphysical Dictionary, talks to us about immigrating to Canada, learning English and her writing practice.
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.
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.
Canthius editor Cira Nickel recently had the pleasure of chatting with Sara Jane Strickland, a Toronto-based writer and the founder and editor of Petal Journal, an online journal for female poets.
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.
“Advice to emerging writers? Write the truth. Failing that, try to write the truth."
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 caught my eye.
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.