An Open Letter


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 in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, Difficult Women, and Hunger forthcoming in 2017. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. Roxane was the founding Essays Editor and is a current Advisory Board member for The Rumpus. You can find her at More from this author →