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 has appeared or is forthcoming 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, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK. She is also the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and Hunger, forthcoming from Harper in 2016. Roxane is Essays Editor Emeritus for The Rumpus. You can find her online at More from this author →