So Cal Chapter Celebrates Latinex

At the recent So Cal chapter meeting, about 25 people gathered in member David Trujillo’s lovely Los Angeles backyard with its fruitful orange tree and bubbling Buddha fountain. National Writers Union members present included Trujillo, Ismael Parra, September Williams (No Cal), Dan McCrory, Eric Gordon, Elle Febbo, Marilyn Grunwald and myself. Everyone was encouraged to […]

Writing on a Greek Island

It came up at the last minute: A career coach’s newsletter had a paragraph in it about her upcoming trip to Agistri, Greece, off the coast of Athens. She would be leading morning and evening meditation, while her colleague, a woman from England, would coach the writing sessions. If I shared a room and took […]

Cool Kids Rock Netroots 2016

All the cool kids attended the recent Netroots Nation 2016 in St. Louis. It was the perfect place to be trans, a reproductive rights advocate, pushing the climate change conversation, advancing a pro-labor agenda, or leading a march through the streets of the city chanting “Black Lives Matter!” So, of course, the National Writers Union […]

A Day At Literary Women’s Festival of Authors

In early March, my friend, Barbara Shoag, invited me to the 34-year-old Literary Women: 2016 Long Beach Festival of Authors, which featured a delightful assembly of celebrated female writers. The most exciting aspect of the experience for me was learning about the authors’ varied processes. One writer who stood out was Karen Abbott, who’s historical […]

AKIL’S NEXT STAGE

As you may know, I left the NWU in January in hopes of getting my one-man show up by fall. As the months passed, the pieces did not seem to come together. That’s when I decided to up the stakes and submit my show to two festivals. Money continued to run out with no word […]

DA Receives International Greetings

Greetings from the IFJ President Greetings from National Union of Journalists (NUJ)  Greetings from the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Warm Greetings From The Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA) Greetings from Malaysia Greetings from Central Africa Greetings from Helsinki Solidarity Message from the International Federation of Journalists Gender Council  

An Interview with Author Anita Diamant

Researching her latest novel, The Boston Girl, Anita Diamant poured over fashion photographs from the early 1900’s: She surveyed image after image of women in trippingly long dresses, cinched tightly at the waist. They helped the author understand the restrictive world of her protagonist, Addie Baum, who grew up in an era when women were […]