Articles

  • A Conversation With Bina Sarkar Ellias, Founder of International Gallerie

    Janice Sands (JS): Your magazine, International Gallerie, places a lens on art, cultural history, climate, and social commentary with great depth in a way unlike other publication currently available. How did you develop this approach and what has come from introducing your readers/subscribers to other cultures in such a substantial way? Bina Sarkar Ellias (BSE): Much of my…

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  • Self-Publishing Platforms: Women’s Playground or Last Resort?

    Literary publishing is a notoriously cutthroat business. The industry is alarmingly subjective and there are an increasing number of books published each year, making it more difficult than ever to cut through the clutter. But if you look more closely at the numbers, the challenge of having a literary work published is particularly difficult for…

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  • Vagina Chronicles Podcast:  “Until It’s Just About The Art”: An Interview with Janice Sands

    In this exciting episode of Vagina Chronicles Podcast, we are thrilled to share an incredible opportunity with our listeners who are (or are aspiring to be) professional female artists and writers.  We interviewed the Executive Director, Janice Sands, of a 120 year-old nonprofit that intends to facilitate some pretty incredible opportunities for female artists “until…

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  • Curator Spotlight:  Carey Salerno, executive editor of Alice James Books

    Why the Definition of “Good Writing” Needs a Transformation Carey Salerno, Executive Editor of Alice James Books and a Literary Arts Curator  supporting the launch of Pen and Brush’s new programming, shares what she has learned throughout her career in publishing and her experience as a poet and a writer.  Read on for both installments of our conversation,…

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  • Curator Spotlight:  Kate Angus, founding editor of Augury Books

    It’s my pleasure to share a conversation I recently had with Kate Angus, who is a founding editor of Augury Books, as well as the Creative Writing Advisory Board Member for The Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities and a teacher at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York. Kate has joined Pen and Brush…

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  • Curator Spotlight:  Joni Evans, Founding Member and CEO of wowOwow.com

    Joni Evans has been in the publishing industry for over four decades, representing bestselling authors during her time at the William Morris Agency and serving as President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster and Publisher at Random House. Today, she is a co-creator of wowOwow.com (The Women on the Web), a website for and about…

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

    Rick Kinsel, Executive Director of the Vilcek Foundation, has over twenty years of experience in the art world and happens to be among the distinguished first group of Visual Arts Curators supporting the launch of Pen and Brush’s new programming.  His work in both the for-profit and not-for profit sectors includes time at The Metropolitan…

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  • 3 Things That Young Women Need to Remember About Feminism

    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…

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  • Pen and Brush:  Supporting Women and the Arts

    I recently talked with Janice Sands, Executive Director of Pen and Brush, a NYC non-profit that supports the work of women artists. I spoke at length to her about the mission of Pen and Brush and its 120 year history. A new website promoting the organization, the work that it does, and the artists it supports has…

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

    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. I recently had…

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