For years I’ve wrestled with this time of year. Not anything directly to do with the holidays, but rather the emergence of the new year. At midnight, I was the one melting down in a corner at New Year’s parties because I couldn’t withstand the loaded nature of the moment. It seemed overwhelming; the opportunities presented when one year morphs into the next. I wanted to grab hold of it until I could fully comprehend its awesomeness.

Then I realized it wasn’t the new year’s arrival that I needed to hold close; it was myself. I needed to be still; still enough to genuinely reflect and relaunch.

As 2023 hurls toward closure, and a crisp new year steps up to take its place, we reflect and look ahead, inhabiting this annual space of renewal. Many disclaim the act of setting resolutions, but there is something to be said for looking back on what has unfolded and setting intentions as to what we’d like to see blossom in the year ahead.

We at the Nasty Women Writers Project begin with a great big thank you. We are grateful to you, our readers. Although Theresa and I agree that this is a labor of love, without you on the receiving end, it would ring rather hollow. As we discover, reacquaint, and share our excitement about nasty women writers, artists, scientists, and activists, we are never far from thinking of YOU.

In 2023 we offered posts on poets such as Sappho, Emily Brontë, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Joy Harjo. Women writers such as Rachel Kadish, Helen Barolini, Theresa Cha, and Amy Tan. Women scientists such as Katalin Kariko and Diana Beresford-Kroeger, and artists Faith Ringgold and Julia Margaret Cameron, along with activists/writers Zitkala-sa and Michele Wallace.

Theresa and I recently discussed some of the women we are currently focusing on. Theresa has German-Venezuelan artist Gego, Austrian-American author and researcher Gerda Lerner, and American writer Siri Hustvedt in the hopper, as we like to say. I’m working with American entrepreneur Elizabeth Peabody and, to finally fulfill a promise, English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s epic poem Aurora Leigh.

We are as passionate as ever in delivering posts about women who create, and whose creations and visions have an impact on us, the way we view the world, and our place in it. This web of women is our support and inspiration as we work to uncover ways to move closer to inclusion and equity in all realms of life.

Stay with us and/or join us as we step into our seventh year. With over 200 posts on our site, we look forward to adding to our offerings because, thankfully, there is no shortage of nasty women!

Happy New Year to all. May 2024 be one of magical moments and continued labors of love that move us toward a more fair and vibrant global society.

© Maria Dintino 2023