Spring 2015 Newsletter, 2nd Edition

Women's National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter Newsletter

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Saturday, May 16, 2015, Spring-books2:00 – 4:00 pm 
Oakland Main Library, Meeting Room
125 14th Street, Oakland, CA  94612

Workshop 2:15 – 2:45 pm 

JK LandisIn this fun, action packed workshop, KJ Landis, member/author of Superior Self: Reaching Superior Health For A Superior Self, will help us find tools to reach our superior health. Topics include:

  • Negative thought pot
  • Paleo/primal eating
  • Guide to wellness from within
  • How to read food labels accurately
  • What good fats really do for us and much, much more!

Healthy snacks provided!
More information: www.superiorselfwithkjlandis.com.

Annual Planning Meeting 3:00 – 4:00 pm
A roundtable discussion to plan the coming program year! Your input is valuable as we will create a calendar of activities. We’ll introduce new officers and share opportunities for leadership. Only a team effort can produce San Francisco Chapter’s exciting new year. SF Chapter is hosting the entire WNBA National Board June 2016 as a launch for our centennial in 2017. We’d like YOU to be on our team! 



Women's National Book Association San Francisco ChapterDear WNBA-SF Chapter Members,

Big news! The winner of the 2015 WNBA Award is Amy King, the moving force and executive behind VIDA, Women in Literary Arts. 

VIDA is an organization founded in 2009 that counts men and women whose works are reviewed in literary journals each year. VIDA’s mission is to bring attention to gender equality issues in contemporary literature: a laudable mission, and one that aligns with the mission of WNBA.

Members of WNBA-SF Chapter include publishers, editors, booksellers, librarians, reviewers, publicists, authors of poetry, memoir, fiction and nonfiction for all ages. We comprise a Bay Area literary network that can come together to advocate for women in the world of words: books magazines, blogs, and media.

SF Chapter can create activities that support women’s voice and one another’s professional literary work. How?

Join us May 16th at the Oakland Main Library to plan next year’s program. Enjoy the inspired workshop presented by our member, KJ Landis, “Eat Well, Be Well.” Bring your ideas and creative energy.

KateFarrell15I’d like to thank those who’ve served so well this past year! It’s been an amazing team effort that produced our many events and meetings. To read about those and the volunteers who made it happen, go to this page: http://wnba-sfchapter.org/volunteer-opportunities-wnba-sf/

Thank you, as always, for your support!
Kate Farrell, SF Chapter President

Featured Member Interview Other News

Jeanne Powell, poet, essayist, short fiction

Written by Catharine Bramkamp

April is National Poetry Month, so we’re interviewing a member poet!

Jeanne PowellMember Jeanne Powell is an accomplished California poet whose work has been praised by Al Young, California Poet Laureate Emeritus. She writes prose poems, flash fiction and short stage plays. For ten years Jeanne hosted an acclaimed spoken word series, “Celebration of the Word.” Celebrating the word is something Jeanne has done her whole career.

“I came to the writing of poetry later in my life. In the beginning I was attracted to spoken word events because I loved the sound of words, and the images which came to mind as I listened. I was in transition from one life to another, and poetry appealed to me. I was inspired by adult moments, and the challenges of coping with those moments. 

“What helped me a lot was listening to others speak their pieces either as recitations or performances. In the beginning I did not send out poems for publication. Friends practically had to come to my home, grab poems from my notebooks and send them to prospective publishers. To read more, click HERE.

WNBA Award 2015

vidaWNBA has selected Amy King, poet, professor of Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College and Executive Board Member of VIDA Women in Literary Arts.

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“Vida’s mission as a research-driven organization is to increase critical attention to contemporary women’s further transparency around gender equality issues in contemporary literary culture.”
(from VIDA’s website

The WNBA Award is presented every second year to a “living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books and allied arts, and who has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation.”

To learn more about this award and previous winners,
please visit: http://www.wnba-books.org/wnba-awards/wnbaawards.

The award will be presented at a special event June 6, 2015, as part of WNBA’s annual meeting, to be held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana. Press Release HERE

Featured Member Interview

BOOKTALK! The Buzz in the World of Books



Which Is the Manliest Literary Magazine of Them All?
(excerpt from Slate’s blog: http://www.slate.com)

In 2012, 79.8 percent of the authors of books chosen for review in the New York Review of Books—and the critics tapped to review them—were men. “We certainly hope to publish more women writers,” editor Robert Silvers insisted last year. Now, Silvers has made good on his promise: In 2013, the review featured exactly one more woman than it did in 2012, bringing its percentage of male authors and reviewers down to 79.5 percent.

Every year, VIDA—an organization established in 2009 to assess the status of women in the literary arts—counts up the men and women who have been featured as authors and reviewers in major literary magazines, then bakes them into pie charts to offer a quick glimpse of the gender split. According to its 2013 VIDA count, the New York Review of Books is the manliest journal around, but the London Review of Books and the New Republic are following close behind, tying at 78.5 percent male. McSweeney’s clocks in at 76.8 percent male, Harper’s at 74 percent, and theTimes Literary Supplement at 73 percent.

Granta editor John Freeman put it this way: “We have to ask a deeper question, which is: How gendered are our notions of storytelling?” 


To read more, click HERE. 



WNBA SF Chapter Board Contact Info Join-Now_btr6my6_0

WNBA 2014-2015 BOARD

President: Kate Farrell

Vice Presidents: Open

Treasurer: Sherry Nadworny

Secretary: Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Membership Chair: Jane Glendinning

Web Editor: Open

Featured Member Interview Editor: Catharine Bramkamp

Social Media Manager: Open

Past President & WebmasterLinda Lee

Membership 2015-2016
Annual Membership is now open.
Welcome new members!

Your membership dues pay for our FREE public events, for MEMBERS’ ONLY Mixers, for our Literacy Initiatives, SFWC and SFPL sponsorships.

The WNBA National Directory is now being upgraded and will soon launch! We hope to see your name and expertise listed there.

Consider donating to WNBA National to support its awards program and its upcoming 100th Anniversary in 2017, through this 
PayPal link or by mailing a check to the address below:

Women’s National Book Association

PO Box 237, FDR Station

New York, NY 1015