Rah! Rah! Roundup




We’ve been following conversations on Facebook about this week’s Poetry Project event, “Short Texts on the Future Nature of the Reading.” CAConrad writes: “THOSE OF US WHO WERE AT THE POETRY PROJECT LAST NIGHT WILL NEVER EVER FORGET WHAT EILEEN MYLES SAID!! There are some FUCKED UP old man poets who are the Bill Cosby’s of the poetry world RIGHT NOW. LET THE RAPIST, MYSOGYNIST CREEPS BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE!!” Jennifer Tamayo asks: “I have questions about accountability. what happens after names have been named. what happens after bodies have been counted. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER.”

Slate logs the textual alterations Claudia Rankine has made before each printing of Citizen, such an instant classic that it’s now in its third printing.

Have you been reading the new literary website Real Pants? We recommend you start with Niina Pollari’s menu matched to her book, the just-released Dead Horse.

The new issue of So and So magazine has poems from Stephanie AndersonMarisa Crawford, Alina Gregorian, Laura Jaramillo, Amy LawlessColleen Shu-Ching Wu, and more awesomes.

We’re very excited that Cathy Park Hong has been named the new poetry editor of the recently-revamped The New Republic!

We’re passing along two important submission calls: Winter Tangerine Review is looking for African American poets, prose writers, and artists to submit to its “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” issue, and Big Lucks has announced the Ruth Stone First Book Prize for women poets and prose writers.



manspreadersMTAMove over, man spreaders, there’s a new gendered microaggression in town: “manslamming.” (No, seriously, man spreaders, move over—you’re taking up three seats.)

While Russell Crowe is going around saying things like, “To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that (the roles have dried up) is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingénue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21 year old,” Joni Mitchell’s and Joan Didion’s modeling careers are taking off.

Everyone loves the new meme Clarissa Explains WS (White Supremacy), which we hope is also satirizing the idea that America isn’t threatened (or really listening, either) when harmless little white girls explain racism:


There are lots of reasons to stay inside under your long-underwear-t-shirt-sweater-cardigan-Snuggie®-blanket layers in these subzero temps. January is the month many of our favorite shows created by women return to TV: Broad City, Girls, Portlandia, and Parks & Rec. Will “2015 be the year the female fuckup goes mainstream”?

Have you been watching Janet Mock’s new talk show? It’s So Popular.

Geena Davis has announced her new Bentonville Film Festival, which will showcase films by women and other underrepresented groups, and will offer guaranteed theatrical distribution to the winners.

As her film Selma opens in theaters nationwide this week, Golden Globe-nominated director Ava DuVernay is getting much long-deserved attention. Bonus: Check out this article on Selma‘s costumes, and the class markers of fashion in the 1960s Deep South at The Root.

Don’t forget to watch Amy and Tina host the Golden Globes for the last time on Sunday! (That’s right, it’s Year Three, so now we’re on a first-name basis.) Till then, you can relive the glory of 2014—

—or hear about their plans for this year:

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