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Top 10 SWAN Books of 2022 to Give &/or to Get

Women authors and artists have published some of this year’s most buzzed-about titles. From brand-new releases by longtime writers to much-anticipated debuts from exciting new voices, 2022 has been a banner year for books written by women, for women. 

In this specially curated top 10 list, you’ll find reads that span a variety of interests and experiences—from painting to sculpting, dance to applied arts, and narrative to photography.read more.

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2022 MacArthur Fellows: Historian P. Gabrielle Foreman

Six women artists are among 25 people selected by the MacArthur Foundation to receive prestigious 2022 MacArthur fellowships (known as ‘genius grants’) in recognition of their extraordinary creativity and promise to advance the future of their fields.

These six women whose pioneering work brings insight and inspiration — a literary historian, a plant ecologist, three musicians, and an architect — will each receive $800,000, a no-strings-attached award as an investment in their potential.… read more.

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Kiku Hughes on Japanese American Inter-Generational Trauma

FF2 Guest Post by Joycelyn Ghansah

On February 19, 1942 – barely two months after the government of Japan executed the military attack on Pearl Harbor (Hawaii) which brought the USA into World War II – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066.

Since a large population of American citizens with Japanese heritage – including people who had been born in the USA as well as those who had completed the naturalization process – were known to reside on the west coast of the mainland, the American Army worked quickly to build rudimentary “relocation camps” for them.… read more.

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Zines v Chapbooks: On Finding Yourself in a Collection

FF2 Guest Post by Pascale Potvin

Vehicles for individual expression continue to multiply. New technologies make additional options available — from blogs and vlogs to Instagram and TikTok– but the feel of actual paper-in-hand continues to hold its own in an increasingly disembodied universe of publications.… read more.

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Kamala Puligandla’s ‘You Can Vibe Me on My FemmePhone’ Is Sci-Fi that Sparkles

Kamala Puligandla’s novella You Can Vibe Me on My FemmePhone cover in the grass.
Kamala Puligandla’s novella You Can Vibe Me on My FemmePhone is a science fiction story that fills me with hope rather than fear or despair.
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Falling in Love in the Apocalypse with Rachelle Toarmino’s ‘That Ex’

The news cycle spins like a washing machine in the final stages of a heavy-duty wash. It’s been speeding up for decades, while we watch from the other side of the thick glass door, helpless, hoping our clothes come out clean but doubting they will. The apocalypse has arrived, probably, in the form of climate crisis fueled by unimaginable wealth disparity, or in the daily heartbreaks that we don’t want to believe keep happening: school shootings, protestors arrested for defending their ancestral land from developers, threats to Roe v.… read more.

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