More than twenty years have passed. Today I am a writer, an artist, and a grown-ass woman. It is still hard to be a woman and even harder to be a woman writer/artist, harder than I would've imagined as a little girl. Men still control our bodies and they still control mainstream art, media, and publishing. But something I love about the Internet is that it's connected with me dozens of women who say, "Fuck that."
One such woman is E. Kristin Anderson, who belongs to one of the same Facebook poetry groups that I do. Anderson recently edited the forthcoming anthology Hysteria: Writing the Female Body (Lucky Bastard Press). With work by newbies and notables like Rita Dove and Natasha Trethewey, this collection of poetry and micro-fiction explores the female body—the good, the bad, and the ugly. I'm hugely honored that my short story, "The Re-coupling," was chosen for inclusion in the book. (An earlier version of the story, entitled "Desert Storm," ran in So to Speak and Whurk.) Yeah, I'm stoked.
I didn't think I could get any more stoked about the anthology. Then I saw Luna Luna Magazine's cover reveal for the book yesterday:
Learn more about Hysteria: Writing the Female Body here.