F297. Tribute to Margarita Donnelly and Calyx, One of the Nation's Oldest Feminist Presses

Room 302, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Friday, February 28, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

 

This Tribute event honors Margarita Donnelly for her thirty-six years as Director and Managing Editor of Calyx, the first feminist press on the West Coast. Calyx Journal, begun in Corvallis, Oregon in 1976, and Calyx Books in 1986, are known for discovering women writers early in their careers and opening the eyes of mainstream publishers. Four prominent writers, published early on by Calyx, celebrate one of publishing's literary treasures and consider the continued importance of Calyx today.


Participants

Moderator:

Alicia Bublitz

Marianne Villanueva is the author of the story collections Ginseng and Other Tales From Manila, Mayor of the Roses, and The Lost Language, as well as the co-editor of the Filipino women's anthology, Going Home to a Landscape. Her novella, Jenalyn, about a mail-order bride, was published early 2013.

Angela Narciso Torres’s book, Blood Orange, won the Willow Books Lit Award in poetry and will be published in 2013. Recent work appears in Cimarron, Colorado, and Cream City Reviews. A senior editor for RHINO, she has received fellowships from Ragdale and the Illinois Arts Council.

Margarita Donnelly is a founding member of CALYX and recipient of the American Book Award, the Oregon Governor’s Arts Award, and a Fishtrap Gathering Fellowship. Her writing is widely published. She has edited nine anthologies including The Forbidden Stitch.

Frances Payne Adler, Professor Emerita and founder of CSU Monterey Bay's Creative Writing and Social Action Program, is the author of five books, including Raising The Tents and Making of a Matriot, and co-editor of Fire and Ink: an Anthology of Social Action Writing. Current work-in-progress is about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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