On Reading Female Authors: Or, How I Learned to Love the 21 st Century by Emma Eisler

As many people reading this may know, I spent the first two years of my high school experience reading a lot, and I do mean a lot, of dead male authors. This began with my heady and emotionally tumultuous reading of On the Road in the middle of freshman year and continued on with shorter and slightly less passionate love affairs with Hunter S. Thompson, Henry Miller, Hemingway, and a host of other narcissists who many of us know and, rightfully, adore. This is not to say that I never read books by women or that I was intentionally avoiding leading a more varied literary life, but, if we’re being honest, a large percentage of my reading did fit into that category.

Then I started junior year and realized I needed, badly, to expand my horizons and, maybe even more importantly, become a little less obsessed with past decades or movements I’d missed and a little more obsessed with all the great books being written right now and all the potential energy of this decade. And so I read Karen Russell. And then I read Miranda July. And then I read Maria Semple. And then I read Aimee Bender. And then I read Marina Keegan. And, most importantly, I read Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being. And it changed everything. Here was this woman who I’d never before met writing down pretty much my exact manifesto on how I want to live—always remembering to be grateful for and to fully inhabit every day and every moment. This, I think, was the moment I became a modern girl, and by that I don’t mean that I suddenly relinquished my cape of nostalgia or downloaded a snap-chat. What I mean is, after sixteen years of trying to travel backwards in time with a respectable degree of success, I started wanting, not to go forwards even, but to exist and make the most of exactly where I am. Right now.

Emma Eisler, class of 2017

Calling all Post-Religious Females!

The anthology, Submitted: Women Finding and Leaving Extreme Religion (to be published by Seal Press in Spring, 2013), will chronicle the lives of women from a variety of restrictive religious backgrounds who chose a religious path only to eventually reject it or alter it in whole or in part.
We are seeking contributions from women of all faiths, as well as all ages and backgrounds. The book explores, through story, the questions of how and why women choose to get involved in rigid religion, what keeps them invested, and then how and why they leave (and what they miss—or don’t—once they’re gone).
Each story included should explore one of the following:
• the getting IN
• the staying IN
• the getting OUT
Themes might include food, modesty, religious meetings, holidays, work, children, clothing, secrets, converting others, prayer, or marriage/sex.
The book will be divided into three parts: Conversion, Life Inside, and Leaving.
Submissions should be 2500-3000 words in length.
For more information and to submit your work go to


Calling Female Writers

CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women is committed to publishing the diverse voices of new and emerging women artists and authors. We will be open for submissions of poetry and prose via our online system from October 1-December 31: http://www.calyxpress.org/submissions/

Please visit our complete guidelines before submitting: http://www.calyxpress.org/submission.html

The writer/artist guidelines are as follows:

-Prose (includes essays, flash fiction, short stories, etc.) should be double-spaced and not exceed 5,000 words.
-Poetry submissions are limited to 6 poems. When submitting through our online submission manager, please put all poems into the same document (.doc, .docx, .txt, .pdf)
-Interviews should be double-spaced and limited to 2,500 words. Please submit these in the prose category
-Book Reviews if you are interested in reviewing books, please send a resume and published samples of review writing to . After reviewing these, we will contact you about the book review list. Reviews should be double-spaced and from 500 to a maximum of 1,000 words. Reviews of chapbooks should be limited to 50-100 words. We’re always open for book reviews. Replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail.
-Visual Art should be submitted (1) electronically to ; (2) on a CD; or (3) 5″x7″ or 8″x10″ glossy photographs. Limit of 6 images and/or slides and/or photos. All art media are considered and diverse approaches are encouraged. Please include a list of all titles, media, and dimensions for each piece; a 50-word biographical statement; and a 50-word statement about your artwork with your submission along with your contact information (address, phone number, and email). Submit art separately from prose and poetry.

Online submissions (preferred):
please include a 50-word bio statement in the “comments” field. Upload your document as a .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .txt and include your name, email, and address on each page. Submit poetry and prose separately. Click here to submit work through our online submissions manager

Postal submissions:
We will continue to accept paper submissions this year, but we prefer that you submit electronically to help us reduce waste. When sending paper submissions, include a 50-word bio statement; SASE; and please include your name, address, phone, and email on each page of your submission. Send materials to: CALYX Journal/PO Box B/Corvallis, OR 97339.

– Reba