Interview with Femspec Journal

When did you first start writing?
As a child. My first poem was about watching a basketball game as I sat in the bleachers after not making cheerleader. I became Junior Poet of Indiana.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was an author for many years, but here we are publishing as many individuals contributions to the journal Femspec as we can, to make what we do more accessible outside academic circles. Those with access to academic data bases can get the material, or subscribers, but we also have readers beyond that base.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Every five years, we have a juries contest of the best of each genre published in each category. Aqueduct Press published a collection of the best of the creative writing for the first ten years, Feminist Voices.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Now people can buy one article at a time, or one interview or story, without having to buy a whole issue. So we are more affordable. That is a success.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Organizing a response to the current moment, on a deeper level.
What do your fans mean to you?
Not sure I have Snyder! But I enjoy knowing that the work I found as an editor or a writer gets read, and is useful or helpful to some one else.
What are you working on next?
We are working on 18.2, and personally, I am working on a memoir, on how I became an editor, and a book about women crime fighters in TV and film.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Making some coffeemaker Journaling, opening the door to my camper to see the sun rise,
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Swimming, driving, teaching, biking,
Published 2017-09-16.
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Books by This Author

Femspec 17.1
Price: $45.00 USD. Words: 31,690. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory, Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
Femspec is an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to challenging gender through science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, surrealism, myth, folklore and other supernatural genres. Issue 17.1 contains a variety of criticisms, interviews, reviews, and reflections, as well as other offerings.
Femspec 18.1
Series: Femspec Issues. Price: $45.00 USD. Words: 36,680. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory, Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
Femspec 18.1, Women Riding on Horses Issue. Articles, creative works, interviews, and more.
Femspec 17.2
Series: Femspec Issues. Price: $45.00 USD. Words: 39,270. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
Femspec 17.2. With criticism, poetry, personal reflection, historical documents, event coverage, book reviews, books and media received, this issue contains such works as "Visual Misogyny: An Analysis of Female Sexual Objectification in Game of Thrones" and the "Fall of Mercury." This issue offers a depth and breadth of feminist speculative thought.
Creative Work (Poems, Fiction, and Art), Femspec Issue 15
Series: Femspec Articles. Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
Features poems by: ANTIGA. I am the Old Hag SUSA SILVERMARIE. An Intimate Conversation BATYA WEINBAUM. Epitaph for my Tombstone Fiction: SAVANNAH MILLER. Omens, Chapter 1 R. ELENA TABACHNICK. Phoenix End Art: JENNY WRENN. Furies 1 JENNY WRENN. Furies 2 JENNY WRENN. The Phoenix
3 Conferences, Femspec Issue 15
Series: Femspec Articles. Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 4,150. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Includes: MARGARET CRUIKSHANK. Paper from a NWSA Panel on Science Fiction and Ageing: Oakland, 2012 JENNIFER JODELL. Report on “Agents of Change”: Feminist SF Critics Meet Feminist SF Authors at University of Oregon BATYA WEINBAUM. Femspec Salons at OLOC and NWSA, 2014
Book Reviews and Books and Media Received, Femspec Issue 15
Series: Femspec Articles. Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 6,000. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Desert Years: Undreaming the American Dream, by Cynthia Rich and Look Me in the Eye: Old Women Ageing and Ageism, by Cynthia Rich and Barbara McDonald (Reviewed by Maria Alberto) A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tices, by C. A. Conrad (Reviewed by Maija Hatton) Ardor: Poems of Life, by Janine Canan (Reviewed by Maija Hatton) The Goddess Festival: Restoring the Balance, Faye
Introductions, Femspec Issue 15
Series: Femspec Articles. Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 10,570. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Introductions by Robert von der Osten, Janine Hatter, and Batya Weinbaum, Femspec's Herstory, Table of Contents, the Annual Report, Contributors, Notes from the Inside by Maija Hatton
Four Book Reviews and Books and Media Received, Femspec Issue 16.1
Series: Femspec Articles. Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 3,280. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Book reviews of Charlene Spretnak's "The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art: Art History Reconsidered, 1800 to the Present", Carren Strock's "A Writer’s Journey: What to Know Before,During, and After Writing a Book", Harry N. Abrams "Lauren Myracle, Shine", and Isabel Allende's "Ripper".
Works of Jenny Wrenn, Femspec Issue 16.1
Series: Femspec Articles. Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 5,030. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Features an Exhibition Review titled "Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art, Shenyang, China, April 2014", a non-fiction essay, "To Live a New Life", and photomontage, "The Move to China Photomontage."
Interview with Lt. Col. Naomi Mercer by Robin Hobbs, Femspec Issue 16.1
Series: Femspec Articles. Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 4,290. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Robin Hobbs interviews Naomi Mercer, a Lt. Col. in the United States Army, a veteran of the Iraq War, and an assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point to talk about her own connection with feminist science fiction, the effect of Atwood’s visit on her students, and the role feminist science fiction can play in our lives.
Critical Articles: “The Fairy Tale That Won’t Behave”?: Ageing and Gender in Neil Gaiman’s Stardust and Matthew Vaughn’s Film Adaptation by Matthew Crofts and Janine Hatter, Femspec Issue 16.1  
Series: Femspec Articles. Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Neil Gaiman’s novel Stardust (1999) and Matthew Vaughn’s 2007 film adaptation of the same name are just two examples of the form’s recent resurgence, particularly in film.
Femspec 16.1 The Great Age Issue Part 3: Introductions and Overview
Series: Femspec Articles. Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Criticism
Includes introduction, table of contents, best of third five years contest, and information about contributors.
Poems: Juneteenth and Word Worlds by Christina Springer, Taboo and Imagine a Fish by Darko Suvin in Femspec vol. 1 Issue 1
Series: Femspec Articles. Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The poem Juneteenth speaks about Pittsburgh during a jazz era with characters like SuperHighFlier. In Word Worlds the poet creates visions of similarities existing between the jungle and the city using metaphors that connect earthy atmospheric qualities with the emotions of street life. In Taboo the poet creates a primitive world of the jungle and the same poet creates a lyric sense in Imagine.
The Suncomers; Girls' SF by a 9 Year Old, circa 1961 Chapter 1, Femspec Issue 1.1
Series: Femspec Articles. Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 570. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
A girl's SF by a nine year old in 1961 is a young work that FEMSPEC sometimes includes. Since “girls have the same fantasies of omni potence and infinite transformation boys do,” a nine year old girl shows the early attention to the joys of space invasion.Her "found" fiction contains three yellow people: Sunny, Beamer, and Ray, aliens equipped with an English dictionary.
Book Reviews and Books & Media Received, Femspec Issue 9.1, 2008
Series: Femspec Articles. Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2015. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
Book Reviews of two Nava Semel books: IsraIsland. Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books: Tel-Aviv, Miskal, 2005, 275 pp., paperback, Hebrew and The Rat Laughs. Tel-Aviv, Miskal Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books, 2007, both reviewed by Lani Ravin and several books and media received. Summarized by different Femspec staff members.
Book and Film Reviews and Books Received, Femspec double issue v. 8
Series: Femspec Articles. Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies, Essay » Literature
Book reviews of Daughters of the Great Star by Diana Rivers; Becoming the Villainess by Jeannine Hall Gailey and Naomi Mitchison, a Profile of Her Life and Work by Lesley Hall. Review of the film, Fissures.