By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet
Since last fall, the Womanspace Editorial Committee has been reading and compiling an anthology of women’s voices to help celebrate the Red Tent activities at Womanspace.
Even without a formal national call for manuscripts, we received well more than 300 pieces of prose and poetry from all over the country, as well as Africa and England. Each piece was read by two or three members of the committee. Eventually, we began to see various themes emerging, themes that tell the story of women’s lives from birth through death, and the peaks and valleys in between.
The collection is very eclectic, with a great variation in tone ranging from whimsical and reflective to bombastic and sassy. We named the anthology Red Silk after a poem by one of the women in the collection because we liked how the color and texture might create intrigue and pique the curiosity of our readers and audience. Because of some very generous donations, we were able to create a 200-page book, featuring the work of about 50 women.
We invite you to celebrate with us for the unveiling of Red Silk. A celebration reading will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Friday, June 24, at Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. For more information about the Red Silk reading, as well as other Red Tent events going on that week, please call (815) 877-0118, or see the Womanspace website for details.
From the June 15-21, 2011 issue