Curator Spotlight:  Joni Evans, Founding Member and CEO of

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Pen and Brush is fortunate enough to have Joni as part of the first group of Literary Arts Curators. In a recent conversation with Joni, she shared some important insights into the evolving literary landscape, and how authors, agents and publishers can adapt.

Curator Spotlight: Rick Kinsel, Executive Director of the Vilcek Foundation

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Here’s what the curator of Domesticity Revisited has to say about the evolving art world, his thoughts on the need for parity, what emerging and mid-career artists need to know to succeed, and more.

3 Things That Young Women Need to Remember About Feminism

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For many women today -- especially millennials -- "feminism" conjures thoughts of bra-burning and man-hating, leading many to shy away from calling themselves feminists. Misleading lists and #WomenAgainstFeminism have not done much to clarify the issue. What's more, young women are pointing to the highly visible success of the usual suspects like Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer and Hillary Clinton, saying that the movement simply isn't relevant anymore.

When it Comes to Leveling the Playing Field for Women Writers, VIDA Reminds us, Women are Not Alone

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With the pervasiveness of gender inequality in nearly every arena, it's heartening to know that there are passionate individuals and organizations out there working hard to affect change. Nonprofit groups like VIDA: Women in Literary Arts are leading the charge, effectively "calling out" those in positions of power to give opportunities to talented women.

Women Artists Who Broke the Mold

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As March - Women's History Month - comes to a close, it's a good time to reflect on those women artists in the past who have paved the way for women artists today, challenging fiercely held stereotypes and creating great art.