New York Woman's Literary Salon

January - February 1978 Newsletter

Text of the Newsletter:
Our warmest wishes for a creative New Year from the coordinators of the Woman's Salon to our feminist sisters who are everywhere. This newsletter announces TWO Salons for 1978. Please save.

JUDITH JOHNSON SHERWIN
NAOMI LAZARD
Recent Poetry
Saturday, January 28, 1978
7:00 p.m. social hour
8:00 p.m. reading
463 West St., Apt. 933B, Duncan
Westbeth--Between Bank & Bethune Sts.


EVELYN ALLOY
Singing songs of working women, showing slides and narrating the struggles of women in American plants and factories from 1800 to the present.
Friday, February 24, 1978
7:00 p.m. social hour
8:00 p.m. reading
463 West St., Apt. 933B, Duncan
Westbeth--Between Bank & Bethune Sts.


Judith Johnson Sherwin won the Yale Younger Poets award in 1968 for Impossible Buildings. Since then the poet, playwright and novelist has published a number of books, among them: (CITE>The Life of Root and Uranium Poems. The Town Scold, the first volume of her trilogy, Waste, was recently published by The Countryman Press and Norton has just published How the Dead Count.

Naomi Lazard's poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, the Nation, Haroers, the New Yorker. She is author of several collections of poetry: The Moonlight Upper Deckerina (Sheepmeadow Press, 1977); Cry of the Peacocks (Harcourt Brace, 1975 ) and the forthcoming Ordinances (Ardis).

Evelyn Alloy's presentation of the songs and struggles of American working women follows the form of her first book, Working Women's Music: Songs of Working Women in Cotton Mills, Textile Plants and Garment Trades which was published in May 1976 by the New England Free Press. She begins with the worker in New England and follows industry's move South, revealing through their songs the conditions of black and white women before and after the arrival of the textile mills. The evening includes songs and slides from the current struggle of black, white, chicana and Asian women to organize the J.P. Stevens Manufacturing Company. Evelyn is a long-time peace activist, working with Women's Strike for Peace; she has just returned from a trip to Cuba where she sang the songs of working women in the U.S.

Our last Salon for 1977 was a reading by Kate Millet from her not yet published book, The Basement, and a slide show of Kate's sculptures also influenced by the brutal murder in 1965 of sixteen year-old Sylvia Likens by her guardian and a gang of neighborhood youths. The book and sculptures, many of them showing isolated women in cages, represent Kate's passionate probing of the reasons for violence against women and for the fear and hatred of women's sexuality. A New York Times reporter who was present at the Salon wrote the enclosed story about the evening.

We would like to urge all of you who have not yet done so to please renew your membership in the Salon or to become a Salon member for 1977/1978 by sending us the $10 membership fee. Make checks payable to the Woman's Salon and mail them c/o Duncan, 463 West St., N.Y., N.Y. 10014.

Because we have felt ourselves understaffed and over worked this Fall, we have not been able to print our usual announcements of the many women's events and publications which come to us signifying the growth of women's culture throughout the country. This newsletter attempts to list some of those events and is a plea for volunteers to help us produce and mail the Salon newsletter. If you have some free time and would like to prepare an events listing for the newsletter or if you would like to spend an afternoon with us every month or so helping mail the newsletter please call Erika Duncan at 691-0539.

The Woman's Salon joins other women writers in deploring the vandalization this Fall of Diana Press which resulted in the damaging of negatives and plates, presses and books. Acts of violence against persons or against the creative work of persons are tactics of the patriarchal culture we seek to replace through creation of feminist ways of being, feminist ways of changing and of differing. We repudiate violence and affirm our belief in a feminist movement allowing for all varieties of human choice. Our work, to quote Virginia Woolf, is creation of "a system that includes the good. What a discovery that would be--a system that did not shut out." Funds needed to help restore the press can be sent to Diana Press, 4400 Market St., Oakland, Calif. 94608.

Money for Women is a new foundation seeking donations in any amount, preferably large, in order to begin funding women's work on a significant scale. The foundation has been established with seed money from feminist, pacifist writer Barbara Deming. Contributions may be sent to Julia Morgana, 207 Coastal Highway, St. Augustine, Fla. 32084, who can also supply you with MWRW's current financial report.

Feminist Theater: many productions the Fall attest to the increasing importance of theater to feminist culture, among them: a reading at the Negro Ensemble Company of Mae Jackson's new play, Cafe Who; a reading of Karen Johnson's new play,

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