Learn about five little-known women in history who made big contributions to our modern world, from Yosano Akiko to Rosalind Franklin.
Post-War Artist Erna Rosenstein: Exploring Surrealism, Trauma, and Whimsy
Multi-disciplinary artist Erna Rosenstein became a leading cultural voice in 20th century Poland through her surrealist masterpieces.
Anna Akhmatova: Remembering Stalin’s Sins
Anna Akhmatova is one of Russia’s most revered poets. Her work often criticized Stalin’s Russia by lending a voice to victims of the regime.
Anne Sexton, Poet of the Psych Ward
The poet Anne Sexton’s career was a direct result of her struggles with madness.
Sylvia Plath Is Literature’s Most Famous Madwoman
A poet and novelist, Sylvia Plath’s career was plagued by depression and mania.
Grace Paley, Master of Minimalist Writing
A master of precise language, Grace Paley was an author and poet known for incorporating the daily lives of New York women into her short stories and novels.
Poem: Seamstress by Emily Wallis Hughes
Emily Wallis Hughes is a California-born poet currently pursuing an MFA at New York University, where she is a Writers in the Public Schools Fellow. Her poems have been published in Gigantic Magazine and Sacramento News & Review, and anthologized in Burning the Little Candle (Ad Lumen Press).
Poet Mary Ruefle on Menopause: Take My Advice and Throw It Away
Writer Mary Ruefle doesn’t own a computer. Her website (obviously managed by someone else) suggests that in order to contact her you should run into someone she knows personally on the street. Well, I emailed someone she knows personally. Then I sat down to my typewriter and typed her a letter, which she answered (also with a typewriter, and with better margins). And so our conversation began.
Yes, I Am Writing About Motherhood
Melissa Ahart, a Brooklyn-based poet, shares her experiences bringing poems of birth, motherhood, and postpartum depression to the MFA workshop table.