An Open Letter

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On her blog today, respected critic Ruth Franklin wrote an open letter to the editors of Bookforum. She writes:

I have considered opting out of writing for magazines at which women are not represented among the top editors, such as Bookforum. But such a policy would naturally be counter to my stated intent. So I’ve resolved to continue writing, but at the same time to openly register my discomfort with the current state of affairs.

The full text of the letter is worth reading and Franklin encourages readers to use the text of her letter and/or write their own letters to editors of magazines who are running magazines where the mastheads are lacking in women’s voices and vision.


Roxane Gay's writing appears or is forthcoming in Best American Short Stories 2012, New Stories From the Midwest 2011 and 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, NOON, Salon, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Brevity, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK, and an HTMLGIANT contributor. She is also the author of Ayiti. You can find her online at http://www.roxanegay.com. More from this author →