Category: Nasty Women Writers

Carolyn G. Heilbrun: Writing and Reinventing Women’s Lives, American, 1926-2003

Carolyn G. Heilbrun is a writer who influenced me tremendously. I read her book Writing a Woman’s Life in my late twenties and it made such an impact on me that I determined to keep its tenets in mind in all my future writing endeavors: Write what has not been written about women’s lives. Give them different plot lines and endings other than death or marriage. Dare to imagine what has not been imagined for women or what has been left out. Describe sex from the woman’s point of view, create self-identified female characters; ambitious, powerful women who still...

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Sandra Cisneros: Bridging Borders, Mexican-American (1954). By Maria Dintino

A house on Mango Street. Sounds exotic, doesn’t it? Turns out the house and street are not so exotic, but the story’s poetic form and intimated possibilities are. I begin with The House on Mango Street because you’ve probably read it, or at least heard of it. It’s an enduringly popular coming-of-age book, written by Sandra Cisneros and published in 1984. This story of Esperanza, a chain of vignettes, a lengthy poem that sings a familiar song, tells a universal, timeless story. This seemingly simple, but sophisticated little book captivates those from middle school to college. Innocence challenged in...

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Ursula K. Le Guin Memorial in Sebastopol , CA – October 4, 2018

Theresa Dintino, Rob Schmidt, Jim Wilson, Odin Halvorson Thursday, October 4, 7:30 pm Suggested Donation: $5 Many Rivers Books & Tea 130 S. Main Street, Suite 101 Sebastopol, CA 95472 Ursula K. Le Guin (1929—2018) was one of the greatest writers in English in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. She was the daughter of Alfred Kroeber, who established the first department of anthropology west of the Mississippi at UC Berkeley, and Theodora Kroeber, author of the classic Ishi in Two Worlds and other books. Most memorably, Le Guin wrote with rigorous, mind-blowing creativity about gender and politics in novels like The...

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Gloria Naylor: Redirecting the Spotlight, American(1950-2016) By Maria Dintino

It seems Gloria Naylor had a serious knack for transformation. She illuminated the potential and strength in entities deemed by others unimportant, hopeless and out of reach. Take Brewster Place, the central setting in her first novel, a run down, isolated housing project, blocked from the rest of the thriving city by a solid brick wall. In this first novel, Women of Brewster Place, Gloria traces the lives of seven black women who end up calling Brewster Place home, women “whose support of one another enables them to survive despite crushing poverty and personal tragedy”(Perry 217). Gloria Naylor transforms...

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In the Beginning, There Was Enheduanna, Sumerian(2285-2250 B.C.E.) by Michelle Barthel Kratts

When I write, I often think of the first women who were daring enough to write. Over the years so many things have been forbidden—most disturbingly, the freedom of expression. Yet one woman found herself crafting words into poetry and commanding the course of history. Enheduanna, whom authors and poets may call “grandmother,” lived at the beginning of recorded history in the kingdom of ancient Sumeria. She is credited as the world’s first known author. Enheduanna translates as: “En” (Chief Priestess); “hedu” (ornament); “Ana” (of heaven) or as “En-Priestess, wife of the god Nanna.”  It is possible that she...

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