#NastyWomenWriters

#NastyWomenWriters: Paula Modersohn-Becker, German, 1876-1907 Women and Ambition, by Theresa C. Dintino

#NastyWomenWriters: Paula Modersohn-Becker, German, 1876-1907 Women and Ambition Theresa C. Dintino What if there were a woman born in the late 1800s with the ambition to paint a way no woman had ever painted before, to paint women in a way women had never been painted before, to bring the female sensibility and perspective to art in a way it had not been seen before? What if that woman had a lot of ambition and fought her position, status and the misogyny and sexism of the day and actually succeeded in doing everything she had set out to do? If there were such a woman and she did accomplish...

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#NastyWomenWriters—Marija Gimbutas: Unearthing the Goddess, Rocking My World, by Theresa C. Dintino

#NastyWomenWriters—Marija Gimbutas: Lithuanian-American 1921-1994 Unearthing the Goddess, Rocking My World Theresa C. Dintino I don’t know that there is any book that changed my life more than Marija Gimbutas’ The Language of the Goddess. I cannot remember what my life was like before I opened this book, before I knew these images, these cultures. Most probably they were always there, buried deep in the layers of my consciousness—women’s prehistory—haunting my dreams and moments of deep repose. Gimbutas’ book offered them context. And that was not a small thing. That was everything....

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#NastyWomenWriters—Ursula K. Le Guin: Women, Writing and Motherhood, by: Theresa C. Dintino

#NastyWomenWriters—Ursula K. Le Guin: (b. 1929) Women, Writing and Motherhood, by: Theresa C. Dintino When I was in my late twenties, there was one essay I read in the New York Times Book Review that moved me so deeply that I immediately signed up for a summer writing workshop where the writer of the essay was teaching. It was not like me to go to writing workshops anymore at that age. I was in complete burnout with the workshop culture from my college writing program and the many writing workshops I had gone to after. I was what I would call a “beginning writer” at that point, trying to...

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#Nasty Women Writers—Zora Neale Hurston: The Real Deal, by Maria Dintino

#Nasty Women Writers—Zora Neale Hurston: The Real Deal 1891-1960 by Maria Dintino On learning that Zora Neale Hurston died in a county home alone and broke, I felt angry and sad. But after reading Alice Walker’s article In Search of Zora Neale Hurston that appeared in Ms magazine in 1975, I agree with Alice. Zora left no room in her life for pity and “was not a teary sort herself.” Zora was a force and through her writing, we get that. Learn more about the #NastyWomenWriters project here When I moved to St Augustine, Florida, I noticed a historical marker in front of a house indicating Zora...

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#NastyWomenWriters–Rachel Carson: A Woman’s Voice for the Planet, 1907-1964 by Theresa C. Dintino

        Rachel Carson: A Woman’s Voice for the Planet 1907-1964 by Theresa C. Dintino   Learn more about the #NastyWomenWriters project here When most people think of Rachel Carson, they think of her groundbreaking work Silent Spring which is largely credited for helping to launch the environmental movement and through which she is often said to have “saved the birds.” This “battle cry” book urging us to take a closer look at the use of chemical pesticides led to regulations and restrictions still in place today and the eventual establishment of the Environmental...

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#NastyWomenWriters–A Voice that Echoes in My Body: The Prose and Poetry of Adrienne Rich, by Theresa C. Dintino

A Voice that Echoes in My Body The Prose and Poetry of Adrienne Rich American, 1929-2012 by Theresa C. Dintino   Of all the lines written in the English language, the ones that have inspired, moved and meant the most to me are the ones penned by Adrienne Rich. My worn and tattered copy of The Dream of a Common Language, read, loved and turned to so many times, continues to be my favorite book to take off the shelf and revisit. Occasionally, when I remember (or hear as a whisper in my ear) one of the lines from a poem printed in it, my body fills with excitement and deep memory or what...

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