A Space for Women of the World
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanaya Winder
As/Us: A Space For Women of The World Launches First Print Issue
As/Us: A Space for Women of The World, an independent literary journal is set to launch its inaugural print issue at Bookworks in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 28th at 3 pm. The launch will include a reading by contributors. On May 20th at 4:00 pm Stanford University will host a reading and roundtable discussion with several contributors. The event will take place in Green Library’s Bender Room.
During discussions about writing, the challenges of publishing, and the lack of diversity within the literary world, the editors developed the idea to start their own journal. Soon after, As/Us was created to showcase the creative literary expressions and scholarly work of both emerging and established underrepresented women writers particularly Indigenous and women of color.
The online version of As/Us has been viewed in more than 80 countries. The issue contains a diverse selection of poetry, prose and spoken word, including an interview with award winning writer and musician Joy Harjo. The journal is already being used in several college courses. On February 14, 2013 As/Us published an online special V-Day issue in collaboration with Save Wiyabi Project, an advocacy group, to bring awareness to sexual and domestic abuse issues.
About this issue: John Crawford of West End press said, “As Us is a bold and wonderful act, facilitated even more by digital technology and its openness to the world. It recalls another pioneering effort, REINVENTING THE ENEMY’S LANGUAGE: NATIVE WOMEN’S WRITINGS OF NORTH AMERICA, edited by Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird. Its greater inclusiveness is both courageous and a sense that in some ways our people’s culture is actually winning. Congratulations to these visionary and talented editors of this generation.”
Our contributors represent different tribal nations within the U.S. and Canada. We also feature Latina, African-American, and Asian-American writers. The journal includes work from prominent and upcoming women writers of color including: Lyla June Johnson, Justine Kao, Tacey M. Atsitty, Layli Long Soldier, Julie Lythcott-Haims, Erika Sanchez, and Leanne Simpson.
This issue was edited by University of New Mexico MFA graduates Casandra Lopez and Tanaya Winder. In addition to their editorial experience, Casandra and Tanaya guest lecture and teach writing workshops across the country. The print issue can be purchased through Amazon. As/Us is open for submissions for its second issue until April 15th, 2013.
For further information, interviews or to schedule readings or workshops, please contact: Tanaya Winder at firstname.lastname@example.org