Thursday, April 30, 2009

Great Literary Birthdays Today

From The Writer’s Almanac

It's the birthday of writer Alice B. Toklas, (books by this author) born in San Francisco (1877). In 1907, she went to Paris where she met Gertrude Stein, and the two women became lovers. They moved into 27 rue de Fleurs, where they began a salon that became a social hub for artists and writers, including Picasso, Hemingway, Matisse, and Fitzgerald. In 1933, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas was published, which was actually written by Gertrude Stein and not Toklas. But after Stein died, Toklas wrote her own memoir, called What Is Remembered (1963). She said, "Gertrude Stein … held my complete attention, as she did for all the many years I knew her until her death, and all these empty ones since then."
It's the birthday of Annie Dillard, (books by this author) born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1945). She wrote Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974), and it won a Pulitzer Prize. She was 29 years old.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

What Becomes You

I think this is very cool. (Click on the image to view larger!)

The selection from my review in the Lambda Book Report:
“In short, What Becomes You is a superb memoir. As finely wrought as Minnie Bruce Pratt’s S/he, it is careful and tender while simultaneously confrontational and challenging.” —Julie R. Enszer, Lambda Book Report

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Lesbian Poetry: Textuality, Intertextuality, and Materiality

My presentation for quickanddirty V. Tomorrow at the University of Maryland.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

CFP: Gender, Sport, and the Olympics (deadline: May 15, 2009)

The editors of  /thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture/
invite submissions for our forthcoming issue on gender, sport, and the

Prompted by the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, we are
interested in exploring the central role which gender and sexuality play in
shaping ideas about athleticism, sport culture, and the body, and the
significant ways in which athletic events such as the Olympics work to
transform conceptions of public space, national boundaries and identities,
and gendered self-presentations and performances. This issue invites
contributions on:

o        the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
o        sport, athleticism, and ability
o        the Para Olympics
o        LGBT participation in athletics and the Olympics
o        legal impacts on gender and sport (i.e. Title IX legislation in the
United States)
o        sport and masculinities/femininities
o        the role of gender in sporting competition
o        gendered perspectives on Olympic events
o        the use of prosthetics and technologies in athletic competition
o        the impact of the Olympics on the environment
o        sports/the Olympics and the use of public space, including
displacement of individuals/communities, the environment, and urban renewal
o        and other topics relevant to the theme of gender, sport, and the

We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplinary and geographical
perspectives. Submissions from researchers working within, or among, the
disciplines of geography, sociology, literature, area studies, cultural
studies, film/media studies, art, history, education, law, and women’
s/gender studies are particularly encouraged.

We accept the submission of work from scholars of any rank or affiliation,
and encourage submissions from emerging feminist scholars, including
graduate students.

All submissions to the journal must be submitted electronically through our
online submission process. All submissions are peer-reviewed by established,
senior feminist scholars. For more information on our publishing policies

To submit: Please follow our online submission process at

** Deadline: May 15, 2009 **

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