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Re: “Legislative Roomies Share Boxed Wine and Political Strategies

Makes me want to run for office! Sounds like fun.

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Posted by Nina Gaby on 02/16/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Book Review: 'Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women' by Nina Gaby

Although honored that 7 Days chose to review my new anthology “Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women,” I’d like to add some clarification. Where the review begins to become confusing and loses track of the theme is when reviewer Zapp refers to an “ugly flaw” in the collection, citing a lack of diversity.

In the phone interview with Zapp I made clear that diversity is not simply the narrow view that it is uniquely about race. I also do not consider it a “glaring situation.” Any writer wanting inclusion chose to submit to my national calls for submissions, or responded to my invitation to submit. (Calls on Poets/Writers, Deconstructing Whiteness, VONA, through numerous professional contacts and at AWP.) As I told Zapp, women of color, as well as other minorities who were invited, did not follow up by deadline. Perhaps they were not interested, let us just respect that. And as I would tell any group of people who criticize “white women” for lack of validation, be they the “African American and Latina feminist women” that Zapp cites, or under represented groups of any kind– they need to reach out, follow up. Zapp failed to mention that I certainly did not ask a writer’s ethnicity as I reviewed the submissions. There were many, and the pieces included were chosen for merit and good overall fit. Ethnicity was not criteria for inclusion or exclusion. Nor was religion, and I find it equally confusing that the review pointed out the presence of Jewish contributors, of which I am one.

On her Facebook page yesterday, the brilliant memoirist Abigail Thomas laments that the upcoming NYT Review of Books reviewed her more than it reviewed her actual writing. While on a smaller scale, my contributors and myself are in good company.

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Posted by Nina Gaby on 04/02/2015 at 7:34 AM

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