Posts by: Elissa Bassist

The Belladonna: Funny Writing by Women, for Everyone

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Looking for the hot new place to submit and read humor writing? The Belladonna is the latest online venue for comedy and self-care, courtesy of writers and editors Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, Carrie Wittmer, and Daniel Tosh. The Belladonna is a safe space for you to “channel your fear, frustration, anger, and disappointment into a target.” More details on how to […]

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Where We Go from Here

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Warrior up! Begin with small actions, like donating or volunteering, if you’re able.

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Call for Submissions: Emrys Journal

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“Funny Women” submissions don’t read themselves. Most of the time Assistant Regional Funny Woman Katie Burgess reads them (she wrote the infinitely funny “How to Read a Poem,” anthologized in Oxford University Press’s Humor: A Reader for Writers, and has since gone on to read slush). Katie, now Editor-in Chief of Emrys Journal, wants women and gender nonconforming writers to […]

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Tragedy in Spades: a Crime Documentary (the Play)

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Probably internationally acclaimed playwright Liza Birkenmeier, dubbed “the next big thing” by someone somewhere, who wrote national bestseller “Funny Women #136: Recommendation Letter” is also here to help you with your weekend plans. The cultural moment we are in is obsessed with true crime . . . and with truth, and with crime. Through April 9th in […]

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Introducing Reductress’s Mouth Time!

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“Just two girls sharing what our heads are thinking by moving our mouths.” The editors of beloved and renowned women’s site Reductress have launched a podcast aptly named Mouth Time! with hosts Quenn (Nicole Silverberg) and Div (Anna Drezen) and guest heroine Chelsea Clarke. In the inaugural mouth-off, you’ll hear about: “Get It Week” (briefly: “Celebrating girls who are getting it… how […]

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Hello, My Name Is Doris

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It’s a popular yet strenuous question: What are you doing this weekend? For once I have an easy answer. As a Showalter superfan (of filmmaker Michael Showalter and leading feminist literary critic Elaine Showalter), I’ll be front row for Hello, My Name Is Doris when it opens in NYC and LA today. The synopsis: Sally Field stars as an oddball alongside […]

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Humor: A Reader for Writers

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Not one but two “Funny Women” pieces are included in Oxford University Press’s Humor: A Reader for Writers: Erin Somers’s “Funny Women #99: Modern Vice” and Katie Burgess’s “Funny Women #102: How to Read a Poem” (only women whose last names end with “s” were considered, so do not feel bad if you were unfavorably named). While editors Kathleen Volk Miller and Marion […]

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“Funny Women” Art Show

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Near the bottom of every Funny Women piece is the note, “Rumpus original art by Annie Daly.” We believe in combining hilarious content with a strong aesthetic while promoting artists with ovaries. For a year, Annie’s reliably created beautiful illustrations to make women’s writing and jokes prettier. For those of you in the Bay Area or with […]

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BinderCon: A Symposium on Women Writers Today

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Mitt Romney ignited a feminist revolution during the 2012 presidential debates when he said, “I went to a number of women’s groups and said: ‘Can you help us find folks?’ And they brought us whole binders full of women.” Throw VIDA’s pie charts highlighting “gender disparity in major literary publications and book reviews” into the mix, and you’ll […]

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The Riveter / Issue 02

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We love The Riveter, an online and (now) print magazine that “publishes longform by women for everyone.” A lot has changed since we first wrote about The Riveter. Co-founders and co-editors Joanna Demkiewicz and Kaylen Ralph hired a staff, published a print issue, developed a growing social media presence, and remain committed to publishing awesome weekly content, […]

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Reductress Relaunch

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Funny Women PSA: Reductress, “the first and only satirical women’s magazine,” has relaunched with a new female-friendly look and new feminized content. Ambitious co-founders Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo saw the need to augment the site’s objectives. “We realized that Reductress had the potential to be more than just a blog,” Pappalardo says. “That’s why we’ll […]

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The Riveter: Read and Submit!

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Joining PDXX Collective and Vela, there’s another new online magazine offering “riveting storytelling by women.” It’s cleverly called The Riveter. Kaylen Ralph and Joanna Demkiewicz, a.k.a. “The Rosies,” created The Riveter to celebrate “the diversity of the female experience by publishing original longform and narrative pieces by women.” As two female twentysomething journalism students, Kaylen and Joanna “needed to […]

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PDXX Collective: Read and Submit!

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There’s a new website for women writers. The PDXX Collective is a daily dosage of literary feminism, exploring how publishing more women writers can provide more social equality between the genders. Fuck yeah! Mary Breaden began this online writers’ collective with the goal of making a weekly smashup of women writers. Over the next three months, the PDXX writers will be […]

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BOMB’s Poetry Smackdown

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As part of Lit Crawl NYC, BOMB Magazine presents: Poetry Smackdown this Saturday at 7pm at Dempsey’s Pub (61 2nd Avenue). Twelve poets will compete in a read-off to win the love of the audience and eternal glory. The first 50 people who attend will get a free chapbook of poetry by our contestants. Rumpus […]

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Link Roundup of F*ed Reproduction Regulations

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The last few months have been like a post-apocalyptic dystopian young adult novel re: women’s health. First there was Nancy Pelosi’s GOP Oversight hearing photo showing five men testifying on women’s health. “What qualifies me to be an expert on women’s reproductive health? I’m a 59-year-old man.” Then Sandra Fluke testified, arguing in favor of requiring private insurance plans […]

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Welcome to the Girls’ Club

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“We’re secretaries fully versed in Derrida, receptionists who have read Proust in French. This is a land of girls. There are always at least ten of ‘us’ for every one of ‘him.’”  –Meghan Daum, “Publishing and Other Near-Death Experiences” Fuck yeah, Meghan Daum. I learned about the old boys’ club when I took women’s studies classes in […]

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