The VIDA Count is out! Some highlights

First, the count itself with an incredible intro by Amy King: http://www.vidaweb.org/the-count-2013/

Then, some extraordinary pieces about race and *Trans issues and what the count is missing by Stephen Burt and Alyss Dixson: 

THIRTY-ONE QUESTIONS AND TWELVE APOLOGIES BY WAY OF A THANK-YOU NOTE FOR THE 2013 VIDA COUNT

This Is Not About Your Understanding

Then a great piece on VIDA and the PEN Prison Writing initiative from Idra Novey: 

Update from Idra Novey, VIDA Liaison to the PEN Prison Writing Committee

A fascinating article from Diane Mehta on what makes a canon:

What Is a Classic?

And some fantastic press from Soraya Chemaly from The Guardian, Julie Bossman from The New York Times, Amanda Hess from Slate, and others as well as NPR, Huff Po, etc, etc!

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/24/vida-count-men-outnumber-women-literary-journals

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/02/24/_vida_count_2013_why_is_it_so_hard_for_literary_magazines_to_publish_women.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/04/vida-2012-count-finds-dep_n_2805928.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

http://jezebel.com/editor-of-prestigious-almost-all-male-review-says-were-1193363088

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“Blond Gypsy Angel” essay for Quail Bell Magazine

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“Blond Gypsy Angel” essay for Quail Bell Magazine

I am so thankful to the wonderful Quail Bell Magazine for publishing this essay on the recent “Gypsy child-stealing” hysteria. My grandmother is a “blond angel” too, and the rhetoric surrounding her experiences in WWII and Maria’s in Greece rang eerily similar. I’m grateful for a place to tell her story and to take a close look at the politics and complication of Romani identity. In the essay, I link to a lot of excellent Romani writers like Hancock, Marafioti, Pipopotamus, and others, as well as non-Roma writers, who have a lot of intelligent things to say about the politics and complexity of the Maria case and the Romani human rights crisis– if you want to read the essay, I encourage you to read their perspectives too.

And a big thank you to my fantastic students who consistently have thoughtful, intelligent,and perceptive things…

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