“So You Want To Build A Platform: But What Is It & Why Do You Need One?” Saturday March 1, 2014

Association of Writers & Writing Programs  Seattle, Washington
“So You Want To Build A Platform: But What Is It & Why Do You Need One? Women Writers & Editors Speak Out” Conference Panel
Room 608, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6

Moderated by:

Sheila McMullin runs the feminist and artist resource website, Moon Spit Poetry. She is Contributing Editor of poetry and the blog for ROAR Magazine. Her chapbook, Like Water, was a finalist for the Ahsahta Press and New Delta Review chapbook competitions, as well as a semifinalist in the Black Lawrence Press chapbook competition. She works as an after-school creative writing and college prep instructor, as well as volunteers at her local animal rescue. She holds her M.F.A. from George Mason University.

Learn more about her thoughts on online publishing and activism from her piece The Artist Activist Online” at So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art. Continue the conversation by commenting below.

With panelists:

HERKIND ImageRosebud Ben-Oni representing Her Kind powered by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Rosebud Ben-Oni is a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow and the author of SOLECISM (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013). A Leopold Schepp Scholar at New York University, she won the Seth Barkas Prize for Best Short Story and The Thomas Wolfe/Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Best Poetry Collection. She was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan where she earned her MFA in Poetry, and was a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Recently, her story “A Way out of the Colonia” won the Editor’s Prize for Best Short Story in Camera Obscura: A Journal of Contemporary Literature and Photography. A graduate of the 2010 Women’s Work Lab at New Perspectives Theater, her plays have been produced in New York City, Washington DC and Toronto. Her work appears in The American Poetry Review, Arts & Letters, Bayou, Puerto del Sol, among others. Rosebud is a co-editor for HER KIND at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Find out more about her at www.7TrainLove.org

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Molly Gaudry representing The LitPub

In 2011, Molly Gaudry was shortlisted for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, and her verse novel, We Take Me Apart, was named 2nd finalist for the Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. In 2012, YesYes Books released the 3-author volume Frequencies, which includes her short fiction collection “Lost July.” In 2014, The Cupboard will release “Wild Thing,” a collection of essays and poems, and Ampersand Books is slated to reprint We Take Me Apartin anticipation of the release of its prequel Remember Us and its sequel Desire: A Haunting. Molly is a core faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Conference and is the Creative Director at The Lit Pub. www.mollygaudry.com

StS_Su13_COVER-188x300Sheryl Rivett So To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art

Sheryl L. Rivett is a fiction candidate in the MFA program at George Mason University. She holds a BIS in Women’s Studies in Communication from George Mason University and an MA in creative nonfiction writing from the Johns Hopkins University. She teaches creative writing as a Sally Merten Fellow, in homeschooling cooperatives in the far west suburbs, and composition at the Northern Virginia Community College; and serves as blog editor for So to Speak, a Feminist Journal of Language and Art. Sheryl is most interested in the intersections between truth and character that can be found in both fiction and nonfiction. She has been previously published in This I BelieveMidwifery Today, Quail Bell Magazine, and Outside In Literary and Travel Magazine. An essay of hers is forthcoming in the anthology (t)here: Writings on Returnins. She is the author of Mothers & Midwives: Women’s Stories of Childbirth and the mother of four daughters. 

Alison Strub representing So to Speak: A Journal of Language and Art

Alison Strub graduated from the George Mason University MFA program in 2011, where she was the Heritage Fellow. During her time at George Mason, she also served as the Managing Editor of So to Speak, a Feminist Journal of Language and Art, where she helped build the online platform used today. She currently works in digital marketing in the private sector.

vidaArisa White representing Her Kind powered by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts

Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow, Sarah Lawrence College alumna, an MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of the poetry chapbooks Disposition for Shininess and Post Pardon. Co-editor for HER KIND, an online literary community powered by VIDA, and the editorial manager at Dance Studio Life magazine, Arisa is a native New Yorker, living in Oakland, CA, with her wife. She is an advisory board member for Flying Object and a BFA Creative Writing faculty member at Goddard College.  Her debut collection, Hurrah’s Nest, finalist for the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards, 82nd California Book Awards, and 44th NAACP Image Awards, was published by Virtual Artists Collective; her second collection, A Penny Saved, inspired by the true-life story of Polly Mitchell, was released by Willow Books, an imprint of Aquarius Press, in November 2012. www.arisawhite.com

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