Kate Harding presents “Nasty Women”

Twenty-Three Leading Feminist Writers on Protest and Solidarity,
ft. Paula Cisewski, Kate Harding, Erin Sharkey, and Mary Austin Speaker

When 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump and 94 percent of black women voted for Hillary Clinton, how can women unite in Trump’s America? Nasty Women includes inspiring essays from a diverse group of talented women writers who seek to provide a broad look at how we got here and what we need to do to move forward.

Featuring essays by Rebecca Solnit on Trump and his “misogyny army,” Cheryl Strayed on grappling with the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s loss, Sarah Hepola on resisting the urge to drink after the election, Nicole Chung on family and friends who support Trump, Katha Pollitt on the state of reproductive rights and what we do next, Jill Filipovic on Trump’s policies and the life of a young woman in West Africa, Samantha Irby on racism and living as a queer black woman in rural America, Randa Jarrar on traveling across the country as a queer Muslim American, Sarah Hollenbeck on Trump’s cruelty toward the disabled, Meredith Talusan on feminism and the transgender community, and Sarah Jaffe on the labor movement and active and effective resistance, among others.

About the readers:

Paula Cisewski’s fourth poetry collection, quitter , won Diode Editions’ 2016 Book Prize and her third, The Threatened Everything, was selected for publication in the 2014 Burnside Review Book Contest. Both are newly released as of early 2017. Cisewski is also the author of Ghost Fargo (selected by Franz Wright for the Nightboat Poetry Prize), Upon Arrival (Black Ocean), and a chapbook of lyric prose, Misplaced Sinister (Red Bird Chapbooks). She has been awarded fellowships from the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She teaches, both academically and privately.

Kate Harding is the author of Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—and What We Can Do About It, which was chosen as a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and as the freshman read for Tulane University’s class of 2020. She is also a co-author (with Anna Holmes and Amanda Hess) of The Book of Jezebel and, with Marianne Kirby, of Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. In 2007, she founded the popular body image and self-acceptance blog Shapely Prose, and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report, Cosmopolitan, Salon, Jezebel, and .Mic, among other publications. She is currently Assistant Director of the Women’s Resource Center at Cornell University and lives in Ithaca, NY.

Erin Sharkey is a poet, essayist, educator and graphic designer based in Minneapolis. She is the co-founder of an artist collective called Free Black Dirt and serves as the co-host for Black Market Reads, a weekly podcast about literature and black cultural production. Erin was a 2015 Givens Writing Fellow and is currently a Givens Foundation cultural producer-in-residence and Coffee House Press in the Stacks artist-in-residence at the Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature at the University of MN and also is a consultant with Umbra: Search African American History.

Mary Austin Speaker is the Art Director of Milkweed Editions. Before joining Milkweed’s staff in 2017, Mary worked in New York trade publishing for ten years, managing the Ecco and Smithsonian imprints for HarperCollins Publishers and designing for Simon & Schuster. She co-founded and curated the Triptych Poetry Series in the East Village, and while studying for her MFA in poetry at Indiana University, she taught creative writing and edited the Indiana Review. She has published two collections of poetry—Ceremony (Slope Editions 2013) and The Bridge (Shearsman Books 2016)—and edits a chapbook review column for Rain Taxi as well as a series on poetry and power called Society Editions. She has been designing books for Milkweed in a freelance capacity since 2013.