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July 25, 2012

FWO at the NYC Poetry Festival

On Sunday, July 22nd, the Feminist Writers Organization joined dozens of other writers organizations from NYC on Governor’s Island for the 2nd annual New York City Poetry Festival, organized by the Poetry Society of New York. FWO co-founder Nora Boydston was the MC for the reading, which featured FWO members Nathalia Perozo, Justin Sherwood, and special guest poet Amy King.

FWO was thrilled to represent feminist perspectives at the festival, as it has always been our mission to bring feminist thought and action into the greater creative writing community.

Check out some pictures of the event, below:

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April 2, 2012

Open Meeting Wednesday, April 11

Join FWO for our next meeting on Wednesday, April 11th as we distill and discuss the fine points of our panelists’ remarks during our Women Writing in the Age of ‘Post-feminism’ panel.

Discussion topics will range from Cate Marvin’s take on the “numbers trouble” of VIDA’s reports, Shelley Jackson’s ideas of destabilizing both genre and gender in order to “do feminism” in writing, Camille Rankine’s troubling of the notion of focusing on just one of our multiple identities, and Ann Snitow’s framing of VIDA and FWO’s work in the broader history of social justice movements.

FWO will also plan our final event for the academic year,  a celebration and sharing of the creative work of the FWO community.

Newcomers are welcome! The q&a session at the panel was provocative but all too short, so come by and share your ideas on feminism, writing, and whatever else!

FWO Open Meeting
Wednesday, April 11th, 6:30 PM
New School Student Study Center
90 5th Avenue, room 211

March 21, 2012

Women Writing in the Age of ‘Post-feminism’ panel this Monday!

February 13, 2012

FWO Meeting for New Members

Wednesday, February 15th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
72 Fifth Avenue, rm. 321

Join FWO for our OSDA sponsored recruitment meeting this Wednesday at 6! All members and interested parties are welcome to come together for a short presentation, a lot of conversation, and plenty of food.

For the first half of the meeting, Joanna will screen the notorious 1971 documentary Town Bloody Hall, in which feminist scholars and activists Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston, Diana Trilling and Jacquelline Ceballos take on Norman Mailer in a discussion of women’s liberation. What is sure to be a lively discussion will follow!

After the screening, we’ll go over FWO’s current and future events and plans, leaving plenty of time to enjoy food and drink and get to know one another.

We hope to see you there! Bring your questions, comments, and frustrations, and most of all a sense of humor!


January 31, 2012

FWO press release


Feminist Writers Organization
Women Writing in the Age of “Post-feminism”
A panel discussion

Moderated by The Feminist Writers Organization
Co-sponsored by The New School Writing Program
Monday, March 26 2012, 6:00pm
66 W. 12th Street, Room 510

On March 26, 2012, the Feminist Writer’s Organization (FWO) of the New School will host and moderate a panel discussion featuring contemporary women writers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, who have experience working in diverse fields of the literary world. The panel, titled “Women Writing in the Age of ‘Post- feminism,’” will examine the possibilities and limitations for women in the literary industry, and will seek to illuminate how the continued marginalization of women writers connects to the continued prevalence of sexism throughout society.

More women than ever before are seeking careers as professional writers and as teachers of literature and the craft of writing. Yet, as organizations such as VIDA ( are demonstrating through wide-ranging studies, women rarely achieve equal representation in major anthologies and annual “Best of” lists, and are occasionally excluded entirely. VIDA and others have also shown that women continue to be under-published, under-read, and under-employed at all levels of the literary world. The one area where women are largely represented is in the classroom, as students. This suggests that women, while fit to study literature and the craft of writing, and to pay for the opportunity to do so, are nonetheless seen as less capable of writing literature of merit than men, a sexist misconception that spans the history of criticism toward the work of women writers. Indeed, the continued use of the label “women’s writing” implies the view of writing by women as “special” at best and “inferior” at worst.

The recent emergence of new movements for social justice and human rights on a global scale has highlighted the important contributions of women in all aspects of society. However, because these advancements have occurred alongside continued and increasingly hostile attacks against women’s rights, they demonstrate the need for a renewed feminism. In an age where some purport that equal access to institutions of power has heralded the “end of sexism,” and with it the end of the necessity of feminism, women writers today, whether or not they identify their work as “feminist,” continue to question the present and envision new and strengthened roles as both women and writers in the future.

Panelists will be asked to comment on the above stated realities and the questions they raise, and to discuss their own writing. Panelists are encouraged to consider their own experiences as teachers and students of literature and creative writing, as well as their work as thinkers and activists outside of the classroom. Finally, panelists will have the opportunity to discuss new avenues available for the next generation of writers.