New York Woman's Literary Salon

December 1975 Newsletter

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About seventy-five women packed Gloria Orenstein's livingroom on November 22nd to watch and hear her slide-lecture about the women of surrealism and to talk to other Salon members--most of them writers, critics, or artists themselves. The unexpectedly large turn-out was very exciting and seems to indicate a real hunger among women to share experiences that will contribute to our growth as a community of artists.

Obviously, we've already outgrown livingroom space. We need a sizeable loft or other space that could hold some hundred women since, by all indications, these salons are going to get larger rather than smaller. If you know of any large space, please contact Erika Duncan at 691-0539. In the meantime, come hear our next reader, who is:

Lynda Schor
reading from her just-published book
Friday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m.
Westbeth, 463 West St., Apt. D504
You may already know Lynda's work from Ms., Redbook, Village Voice, or Fiction, where it's been published. A brilliant satirist, Lynda writes about life from a savage, often shocking, point of view. Gloria Steinem says of her work, "She turns over the rock of female experience and reveals the truth underneath."

WOMEN ONLY are invited to the Salon. Guests are welcome. Bring a donation of wine or food, or plan to contribute $1.00 or so to help us cover our printing and mailing costs.

NEWS OF NOTE: Aphra, the feminist literary magazine which has been in existence for some five years publishing work by Rita Mae Brown, Phyllis Chesler, Erica Jong, Audre Lorde, Kate Millet, Marge Piercy, Adrienne Rich, and a host of other women writers, has suspended publication for an indefinite period. We mourn the loss of this magazine since publishing channels for quality friction by women are limited, indeed, at this time. What we need, now, is a national women's literary magazine. Along that line: a plan for a Woman's Review of Books is in the discussion stage, we heard. Doesn't that sound fine?

DECEMBER NOTES: Leonora Carrington, one of the women of surrealism, is having a retrospective at the Center for Inter-American Relations, 680 Park Ave., now through Jan. 4. At the Center on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m., a panel of women will discuss her work. On the panel: Anna Balakian, Professor at NYU and Stonybrook; Vita Giorgi, painter; Gloria Orenstein, critic and a professor at Douglass; Nita Renfrew, gallery administrator at the Center.... Vita Giorgi is showing at Lerner-Heller Gallery Dec. 2-27.... Carrington is showning new work at Iolas Gallery, 52 E. 57th St., after December 3. Send announcements of readings, showings, or performances to Marilyn Coffey, 210 W. 10th St., NYC 10014.

M. Coffey/Erika Duncan/Karen Malpede/Gloria Orenstein/ Carole Rosenthal

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