I’m not even going to preface this with a big introduction. From Publisher’s Weekly:
Last fall, after a series of discussions on social media about gender and reading, I mused about this dream I’ve had to edit an anthology of feminist essays. Not long after tweeting that — hours at most — Elise reached out to me about this dream. She, Krestyna, and I talked back and forth throughout the fall, tossing out ideas for what this could look like, what sort of tone it could take to reach those younger teen readers.
Over the holidays, I put together a formal outline, received some fantastic feedback, revised the outline and wrote an introduction. I had the chance to meet with Elise at ALA in January, and then last week (!), I saw a New York phone number pop up on my cell phone in the morning. It was Krestyna and Elise, and they made an offer on the anthology.
Krestyna and Elise get my voice and they get my vision for this project. They have been supportive, encouraging, and positive with and toward me and my actions when it comes to feminism and the value of talking about girls, girls reading, and, on a larger scale, sexism.
I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to pursue this project, and I’m extremely excited to work with these two, as well as the rest of the team at Algonquin. This is the right home for it, and I’m looking forward to the work of putting together an anthology. I’ve got a huge list of potential contributors, as well as topics I want to see addressed in a way that invites readers — primarily teen young girls — to get involved in feminism.
My absolute goal is to make this an intersectional, diverse array of pieces, with a variety of voices represented. This was crucial to my thinking from the beginning, and it will drive my work on building contributions. I want this to be an encompassing, enduring work.
I can’t wait for it to be out there in Spring 2017. That’s…really not that far away.