Interview with Sheila McMullin

By: Alicia Montellanos

SMWe are very excited to have had the opportunity to interview poet and feminist, Sheila McMullin. Sheila is the Managing Editor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, she writes the column “Spotlight On!” celebrating literary magazines that publish a diverse representation of writers. She works as an after-school creative writing and college prep instructor and volunteers at her local animal rescue. Find her, along with her publications and awards, online at her feminist and resource website: Make sure you follow her on Twitter @SheAPoem.
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Interview with Hannah Hohman

By: Alicia Montellanos

45654-w100#FemaleGaze got the opportunity to converse with Foreword Reviews editorial intern, Hannah Hohman about her internship, the perfect book review, and the representation of women in history books. Hannah’s short story “Tattoo” is published in the 2014 National Writers Series Literary Journal anthology, alongside with some of her friends from the Front Street Writers program

How did you get interested in writing book reviews?

Hohman: I’ve always loved to read and, as any bookworm can tell you, reading books for a living is basically the ultimate dream. But I actually fell into my job a little by accident. Continue reading “Interview with Hannah Hohman”

Interview with Stephanie Sprenger, Co-Editor of Mothering Through the Darkness

By : Melissa Burciaga

HerstoriesStephanie Sprenger is a devoted mother, music therapist, wife and writer. During the day she teaches music classes for younger children. She is also the co-founder and editor of The HerStories Project which has published three books. Her writing focuses mainly on mother-related topics.

How did you and Jessica Smock come up with the idea of The HerStories Project?

Stephanie Sprenger: Jessica and I were both bloggers and we “met” online in a FB group. We realized we had a lot in common and enjoyed each other’s writing. One of our commonalities was our shared favorite authors; we both read a book about women’s friendship— She Matters: A Life in Friendship— and we decided to start a blog series about friendship on each of our blogs. The idea took off, and we decided to start our own website to share the guest posts about friendship. We eventually turned the idea into our first anthology, which is a collection of essays about friendship. The project has grown from there! We have published three books, we have two regular columns on our website, and we teach online writing courses.

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Riot Grrrl Interview With SDSU Professor Hammond from the English & Comparative Literature Department

By: Frances Cabigas

img_8697-682x1024Professor Hammond is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University, his work focuses on British modernism (specifically, the relationship between technology, politics, and artistic expression in the period) and Digital Humanities (at the theoretical level, he looks at the relationship between technology, politics, and artistic expression in the digital age; at the practical level, his work is to develop new applications of natural language processing for meaningful literary analysis).

Riot Grrrl was the longest segment on your Social Politics of Indie syllabus. What is the significance of Riot Grrrl to you to where you felt that you had to focus on this topic a little more diligently than all your other segments?

Professor Hammond: Riot Grrrl is for me maybe the ultimate “indie” movement. It came out of a small, local, ideologically-committed scene (Olympia, Washington in the 1980-90s). It expressed itself through indie music (weird DIY punk released on small labels) as well as zines (intensely personal self-produced magazines). And it grew well beyond these tiny, hyper-local, super small-scale beginnings to become a major international political movement and a major part of third-wave feminism — to change the world in a very real way. Riot Grrrl certainly wasn’t perfect (it was seen as cliquish, it was limited in its outlook) but it was important — and it remains important. Continue reading “Riot Grrrl Interview With SDSU Professor Hammond from the English & Comparative Literature Department”

Interview with SDSU Professor Doreen Mattingly from the Women’s Studies Department

By Sadie Miller

Doreen_MattinglyDr. Doreen Mattingly is an SDSU Women’s Studies professor and has taught there for 20 years. Currently, she is working on a research project about Midge Costanza, who was a top-level advisor to President Jimmy Carter. #FemaleGaze is thankful to have had the chance to speak with her about her time as a professor and to hear what students think about issues regarding women’s rights. Continue reading “Interview with SDSU Professor Doreen Mattingly from the Women’s Studies Department”