New York Woman's Literary Salon

April 1977 Newsletter

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The Woman's Salon takes pleasure in presenting a Salon for:


Saturday, April 30, 1977 8:00 P.M.
463 West Street. Apt. 933B Duncan
Westbeth--Between Bank & Bethune Sts.

Vivian Gornick will be reading from IN SEARCH OF ALI MAHMOUD, a chronicle of her experiences as an American Jewish journalist in Egypt, a passionately rendered account of the stranger's search in an alien land for those hidden tribal memories, habits, and icons that bind all of humanity together and make meaningful communication possible. It is a book about the elimination of false barriers and constricting ideologies, a plea for "taking in" and for expansion, in which the pulsebeat of an ever moving shifting people full of vague anxiety and sense of change reverberates against the lushness of the Cairo streets, markets, and mosques.

Vivian Gornick's writing appears frequently in such publications as THE NEW YORK TIMES, Sunday Magazine, and Ms. She is a staff writer for THE VILLAGE VOICE. She is also co-editor of WOMAN IN SEXIST SOCIETY, which is now going into a new, expanded edition.


Our March Salon was a Surprise Art Salon which was held at the A.I.R. Gallery (97 Wooster St. NYC) at the invitation of its members. It was a special salon designed to bring together the world of art and literature in a mutual exploration of the interface between visual and verbal imagery, and in the hopes of promoting a collaboration between artists and writers. Participants in the salon included artists who have made books, June Blum and Dotty Attie, and artists who write texts intended to be installed in environments or performed as events. Artist/writers included Jacki Apple, Nancy Kitchel, Rita Meyers, Martha Wilson, and Rosemary Mayer. Gloria Orenstein presented the program and spoke of the exictement of discovering such varied formats for writings as exhibitions and performances. We of the Salon would like to thank the A.I.R. Gallery and its Monday Night Series Coordinator, Sylvia Sleigh for making this event possible. We would also like to inform our readers of the existence of the Franklin Furnace Archive at 112 Franklin St., N.Y.C. 10013. This archive preserves artist-produced books as a resource for scholars, artists, museums, galleries, educational institutions and the general public. It conducts programs in Archive, Bibliography, Exhibition, and Performance, and offers training for college students seeking credit through an internship project. The Director, Martha Wilson, presents a program of artists' readings and exhibitions of unique works, which will be held through the end of May. We hope to encourage an interchange between artists and writers both in the creation of new works and in the struggle for recognition of women artists in all media. The A.I.R. Gallery is a women's cooperative gallery in Soho.

Our Salon for the Writings of Women in Prison brought together former prisoners, women who had been engaged in working with prisoners, and actors and song-writers who were moved to render their works in ways which brought a portion of themselves into the experience. Karen Malpede who organized and moderated the program spoke of how the cry of the creative spirit released during actual imprisonment becomes a call for all of our creative spirits to become loosed from their bonds. She read from Judith Malina's prison Diaries. Dolores Brandon read the poetry of Susan Sachs with a great deal of passion and Ann Price sang songs she had composed to the poetry of the long-termers at Bedford Hills. Jan Cohen read from Emma Goldman's Diary about the experience of visiting an imprisoned lover and Lois Weaver read from Rosa Luxembourg. Brenda McRride, recently released from prison read her own poetry and Ann McGovern who teaches writing in the prisons read the poetry of those still serving time. Mae Jackson, a poet who also has worked in prisons, read the works of Assata Sakur, who has just been sentenced to life imprisonment. Other journal entries were read. The spectrum of works and political and artistic vantage points included in the program gave a feeling of a full, new field of exploration, which as Karen pointed out in her introduction, just begins to scratch the surface of what is there. Ann McGovern invited all those interested in visiting the Bedford Hills long-termers with her to contact her at: Ann McGovern Scheiner; Usonia Road; Pleasantville Road. New York 10570.

We remind our readers that on April 14th (Thursday at 8:OO P.M.) the Salon will feature Olga Broumas, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award, reading from her poetry.

We would like to announce the publication of Erika Duncan's article "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman: Choral Voices of Contemporary Women Writers" in BOOK FORUM, Vol. III, No. 1, 1977. Erika's article discusses the work of many of the writers who have participated in our Salons such as Marilyn Coffey (co-founder), Sharon Spencer, Robin Morgan, Carole Cauley (co-coordinator), Carole Rosenthal (co-founder), Gloria Orenstein (co-founder), Susan Yankowitz, Karen Malpede (co-founder) Stephanie Golden, and Cynthia Griffin Wolff (May Salon). BOOK FORUM can be ordered from its office at 38 East 76,'St. NYC 100210

Gloria Orenstein's article on "The Sister Chapel" can be found in the current issue (Winter/spring 1977) of WOMANART. Artists involved in The Sister Chapel project, which is a traveling exhibition in celebration of the emergence of a new woman spirit in art, are Sylvia Sleigh, June Blum, Ronni Bogaev, Martha Edelheit, Elsa Goldsmith, Shirley Gorelick, Betty Holliday, Alice Neel, Cynthia Mailman, May Stevens, Sharon Wybrants, and Ilise Greenstein, originator of the project. WOMANART can be ordered from Womanart Magazine, P.O. Box 3358, Grand Central Station, NYC 10017.

Djuna Books, a new feminist bookstore located at 154 West 10th Street, NYC, announces the following events April 11--Children's Reading 2--4PM, refreshments and clown. at Djuna Books. April 20--June Arnold, Author reading from her novel SISTER GIN. 8:3O P.M. at Djuna Books. April 21--Open Theatre Workshop for Women. Led by Sue Perlgut-at 149 Bleecker St. 8--9:3O P.M. 6 Dollars. Call 868-3330 for information.

THE FICTION COLLECTIVE is going to Publish the winner of its FIRST NOVEL CONTEST. AMATEUR PEOPLE by Andree Connors is the winner.

THE BRAIN, a work in progress by Helen Duberstein was presented at the Playwrights Festival in March.

RAGNAROK PRESS, 1719 13th Avenue; South Birmingham, Ala 35205, announces the following:

FILM CULTURE magazine will publish three special volumes on THE LEGEND OF MAYA DEREN, a project produced by Millicent Hodson and Veve Clark. The volumes will begin being issued in June of this year. Anthology Film Archives at 80 Wooster St. NYC 10012 has printed previously unavailable outtakes from RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME (1945) in which Anais Nin appeared. They held a retrospective showing of Maya Deren's films in February. To subscribe for the 3 volume documentary biography to be published by FILM CULTURE magazine in 11977 on Maya Deren please send $16.00 to FILM CULTURE, G.P.O. Box 1499, NYC 10001. All three volumes are included in the price of the subscription.

People interested in forming a Federation of Feminist Theater Workers, a support and information exchange group should write to Ann McGinnis, 106 Morningside Drive, NYC 10025

Salon Coordinator Carole Spearin McCauley appeared on the television program WOMAN, in a discussion on "Pregnancy After 35" on Sunday, April 3, 1977

Eirka Duncan/Karen Malpede/ Carole Spearin McCauley/Gloria Feman Orenstein

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