26 January 2012

The Lives of Margaret Fuller. John Matteson on Woman-Stirred

This week on Woman-Stirred Radio, I am delighted to welcome back Pulitzer prize winner  John Matteson, author of Outcasts in Eden. His new biography, The Lives of Margaret Fuller has already garnered critical acclaim. (New York Times Book Review January 22, 2012)

Fuller, the most famous American feminist writer and thinker of her generation, wrote literary and social commentary for Horace Greeley and was the very first foreign correspondent for an American newspaper. She is also the author of the first great work of American feminism, Women in the Nineteenth Century.

The eldest of her family, Fuller was born in Massachusetts in 1810 and under the stern tutelage of her father was known as a prodigy:  "it should be emphasized that she enjoyed this role and, at least by the time she was eight, was not being compelled to fill her mind with Latin and Greek grammar entirely against her will" (23).

A difficult personality, whose intellectual brilliance outpaced her emotional development, Fuller established friendships with men who fired her imagination and love of learning. She was also condescending and suffered for it, but learning, as she matured, that she could "take the ordinary hopes and feelings of those she favored and to raise them to a height of poetic beauty and importance" (72).

She made friends with Emerson, taught with Bronson Alcott at his innovative Boston school, and later, in Europe, met Elizabeth Barrett Browning and George Sand.

While living in Europe, Fuller fell in love with an Italian nobleman, Giovanni Angelo Ossoli, and bore his son. In 1848, Fuller joined the fight for Italian independence and reported on the war while caring for the wounded within range of enemy cannon. Margaret Fuller was, in short, no slouch.

So please join me this Thursday, January 26th at 5:00, for a wonderful discussion with John Matteson about the fascinating Margaret Fuller.

Want to join the conversation? Don't be shy! Call the air studio at 802.454.7762.

Woman-Stirred Radio is underwritten by Sinister Wisdom, celebrating 35 years of  lesbian-feminist arts and letters. Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and WGDH 91.7 fm, Goddard College's community radio station located in Plainfield, Vermont.

11 January 2012

Robin Bernstein and JD Glass are Woman-Stirred

This Thursday, January 12th, Merry Gangemi welcomes queer writer JD Glass, and scholar Robin Bernstein, to Woman-Stirred Radio.

First up, at 4:15 JD Glass, whose novels include Punk Like Me, Red Light, X, American Goth, and Core. A post-postmodern novelist, Glass's work explores and dissects the complex interstices between queer culture and the rapidly evolving digital world. Her work is gritty, iconic, and driven by unrepentant honesty and sharply cynical wisdom.

JD Glass reading at Bent Pages
In the literary traditions of Sara Schulman and Eileen Myles, JD Glass is steadily making her mark on the NY and national literary scene. We'll talk trends, changes, and technology; personalities, politics, and I hope, the fast evolving notions of God in the queer universe.

A Lambda Literary nominee, JD Glass is the author of more than five novels and lives in Staten Island. When she's not writing or working an an EMT in NYC, she plays music with her rock and roll band.

Jd's interview begins at 4:15 (eastern) and the air studio # is 802.454.7762. Give us a call if you want to join the conversation.

Then at 5:00, I welcome Robin Bernstein, associate professor of African and African American studies and studies of women, gender, and sexuality at Harvard University, to Woman-Stirred Radio to talk about her new book Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights ((NYU, 2011).

In Racial Innocence, Bernstein examines the concept of childhood innocence and its construct, enforcement, and insinuation into U.S. society and culture.

Robin Bernstein
Using archival photos, books, toys, theatrical props, and household items and memorabilia, Bernstein narrates a fascinating and deeply disquieting analysis of  of how, in the context of Black experience of childhood, "'scriptive things'... invite or prompt historically-located practices while allowing for resistance and social improvisation.... Throughout Racial Innocence, Bernstein shows how 'innocence' gradually became the exclusive province of white children--- until the Civil Rights Movement
succeeded not only in legally desegregating public spaces, but in culturally desegregating the concept of childhood itself" (NYU).

So please join Merry Gangemi, JD Glass, and Robin Bernstein, this Thursday, January 12th from 4 to 6 pm on Woman-Stirred Radio. Interviews begin at 4:15.  Want to join the conversation? Call the air studio at 802.454.7762 or email your questions to merrygangemi@gmail.com.

Woman-Stirred Radio is a queer cultural journal that broadcasts live every Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 pm (eastern). You can listen locally at 91.1 fm and 91.7 fm, or you can stream us live at http://wgdr.org.

Woman-Stirred Radio is underwritten by listeners' contributions and by Sinister Wisdom, the oldest lesbian journal of arts and letters, celebrating 35 years.

4 January 2012

Sally Bellerose and The Girls Club on Woman-Stirred Radio

Sally Bellerose
This Thursday, January 5th, at 4:15 (eastern), I am delighted to welcome author Sally Bellerose, whose new novel, The Girls Club, has garnered great reviews—and deservedly so. 

Joan Nestle, author and co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, (now permanently located in Brooklyn, New York), says Sally Bellerose “is one of our finest writers” and “gives us this best yet portrait of a working class lesbian coming out in the early 70s.” 

The Girls Club is well-paced, the dialogue authentic and witty. The novel is engaging, realistic, fun, and wrenching, as the narrative opens numerous windows into the mind and character of the book’s main protagonist, Cora Rose, as she copes with her Catholic upbringing, two wild older sisters, a wacky but lovable extended family, and the eventual surety of her identity as a lesbian. 

As for so many women who came out in the early days of the Gay Rights Movement (and even more so pre-Stonewall), Cora Rose's journey of discovery takes many turns and twists, replete with an obsessive fascination (with women), marriage, children, and the dykes downstairs. 

So please join us this Thursday, January 5th at 4:15 for a lively and interesting conversation with Sally Bellerose.

And at 5:00 poet Denise Evans Durkin joins us to talk about the creative process, the poet's life, and her new manuscript!

Want to join in the conversation? Call the air studio at 802.454.7762

Woman-Stirred Radio is underwritten by Sinister Wisdom, celebrating 35 years of  lesbian-feminist arts and letters. Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and WGDH 91.7 fm, Goddard College's community radio station located in Plainfield, Vermont.