In the past I wrote about Hedgebrook. (radical hospitality) And I shared about the women who were there when I was. women writers And their cook book (here) is amazing, reminding me of the weight I gained during my residency in 2012. Well now it is time for YOU to apply for a residency. Check it out here! If granted, it is like nothing you will have ever had given to you. One constellation of six who were there when I was are pictured below, representing several nations, multiple genres, and huge heart. Also, throughout the year, they have master’s classes as well. For a weekend or longer, you will have your own little cottage, 5 other writers, solitude, amazing surroundings, and a master teacher. An 2011 article in the Guardian showed that in Britain and the US, male authors are reviewed 3 times more often than women. And guess what? Who do you think the reviewers are? Yes, similar proportions for reviewers: men: women 3:1. VIDA does an annual evaluation. In 2013 the NY Times and The Paris Review made big progress, but check out the tables. We still have a long way to go to have women’s voices heard in print. (VIDA) Hedgebrook supports women writers. In particular it wants to support women authoring change. My three weeks there in 2012 were life altering thanks to the vision of the place, the belief in the work I was/am doing, the amazing nurturing of the staff and the place, the women who were there with me, and the space to be there. Please do check it out: Go there for a master’s class. Apply for a residency. Support them. Go to their events.
Josephine Ensign wrote about Elizabeth Austen, her poetry and the event where she read. (see blogs I follow) Elizabeth is the Washington State Poet in Residence, truly gifted and a Hedgebrook Alum. Check out her blog and her work here. Go to one of her events.
Support women authors! Our voices matter. In the farmhouse at Hedgebrook, where we gather for dinner with our amazing chefs, there is a living room with floor to ceiling and wall to wall (except for the fireplace) bookshelves, all full. Every book in the shelves is by or includes a Hedgebrook alum. Let us work together to publish so much that we must support Hedgebrook building a new building or modifying some of their other buildings to house all the works of the women who pass through there.
Glad you added the part on the important work of VIDA.