About the project:
This blog was created in response to the findings of VIDA, an organization for women in literary arts, wherein it was reported (again) that there is a sizable disparity between the number of men and women writing for major publications, and between the number of men and women being published.
In the Salon.com article “Literature’s Gender Gap”, Laura Miller writes: According to the Guardian, “four out of five men said the last novel they read was by a man, whereas women were almost as likely to have read a book by a male author as a female. When asked what novel by a woman they had read most recently, a majority of men found it hard to recall or could not answer.” When it comes to gender, women do seem to read more omnivorously than men. Publishers can assume that a book written by a man will sell to both men and women, but a book by a woman is a less reliable bet.
This is hardly an issue in the world of magazines and publishing alone. Indeed, recent studies have shown similar trends in theater and playwriting as well. In fact, according to the New York State Council on the Arts, a mere 17% of the plays produced on America’s stages are written by women.
Why is this? Why does it seem as though the general conception is that a story about a man is universal and a story about a woman is for women? How can we examine and/or change that conception? How can we inspire more readers (and theater-goers, movie-and-tv watchers and article-readers etc.) to pick up something by a woman?
So this blog was created to celebrate the Lady Writers, to spread the word about the wonderful work being created by fearless ladies all over the world, both past and present. Hopefully this initiative, and others like it, will be so successful as to render this blog obsolete. Until then…
Fuck yeah lady writers!
FYLW is the brainchild of Jennifer Lane, a New York-based playwright and fiction writer. Jenny is a graduate student in Columbia University’s MFA Playwriting program, currently composing her thesis under the mentorship of Sarah Ruhl. A native Michigander, Jenny went to undergrad at Sarah Lawrence where she studied fiction and is a big gamer geek and web/graphic design enthusiast. She has two cats named Calamity Fluff and Nubert, Champion of the Frozen Wastes, respectively.
Jenny enlisted Katie and Christine to help her drive this flying umbrella.
Katie Sullivan Lingle is a writer, gamer and performance poet from Savannah, Georgia. She studied fiction writing under Peter Christopher at Georgia Southern University and is the author of Guerrilla Ink, an under construction community blog about the sometimes soldiers of the mighty pen. Short stories and poetry published under the name K. Bishop Sullivan. She likes her gin cold and her coffee hot.
Christine Ellis is a graduate student at New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia, and currently lives in Singapore (in the Future). In addition to being an MFA candidate in the Department of Dramatic Writing, she also fights the giant Lemur Monsters that have attacked the planet in the future (so y’all don’t know about them yet). Her days and nights are soaked in blood, and yet she perseveres.
And then, Casey Cipriani joined this rag-tag crew.
Casey is an actress, entertainment blogger and sommelier of fine wines such as Franzia and Yellow Tail. She is a graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in Theater and Cinema Studies and also attended The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland and The Circle in the Square Theater School in NYC. She is chillin’ like an east coast villain with ties to Philly (her home town) Boston (her college town) and New York (her new town). She is the non-so-anonymous author of Critic Behind the Curtain, a blog devoted to her musings on movies, theater, books, music, TV and the arts in general.