The Female Conscience

The 2012 fall issue of Virginia Quarterly Review about The Female Conscience is out, so I’ve taken a short break from our book tour in Ireland to share it with you.

I’m thrilled guest editor Marie Arana tucked “My Fight” an excerpted essay from My Call to the Ring: A Memoir of a Girl Who Yearns to Box alongside phenomenal writers I’ve been a fan of for years.

From the Editor’s Desk, Arana sums up an array of perspectives in her selection of poetry, fiction, and essays:

From a boxing ring in Drogheda, Ireland, where Deirdre Gogarty learns to spar, to an abortion clinic in Wisconsin, where Joyce Carol Oates’s heroine faces an angry throng. There is a tale of girlfriends by the talented Maggie Shipstead; a confessional essay on girliness by Harvard professor Stephen Burt; a measure of sisterhood by truth teller Roxane Gay. There is Chuck Leavell’s appreciation of the land; Robin Marantz Henig’s appreciation of what makes for good science writing. There are poems that speak to our passions, our powers of observation, our will to life. An indomitable spirit of moxie lives in these pages. I hope you will agree. 

If you’d like a copy of the fall issue (or future issues) of VQR, order or subscribe here.

For more on our book tour in Ireland, I’ll return soon with an update from Dublin.

About Darrelyn Saloom

Darrelyn Saloom co-wrote My Call to the Ring: A Memoir of a Girl who Yearns to Box (Glasnevin, 2012) with world champion boxer, Deirdre Gogarty, but her pugilistic passions are confined to a keyboard. Darrelyn lives with her husband and various critters on a horse farm in south Louisiana, where she is working on a collection of personal essays and stories. To learn more, visit her website at or follow her on Twitter: @DarrelynSaloom
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9 Responses to The Female Conscience

  1. cynthia says:

    Awesome! Great news! Will order a copy today.

  2. cydmadsen says:

    Looking forward to this one.

  3. Yay! Congrats. This is so exciting. 🙂

    • Hey, Malone. Haven’t found any of your relatives in a pub. But I have another full day to search. Taking the south Dart train down the coast tomorrow. Plan to stop for a brew or two. Tasted my first Guinness today. Not bad.

  4. Thanks for sharing this, Mdm. Darrelyn. And many blessings as you explore the land of my mother’s mother!

  5. We have never taken a tour and decided to give the Rick Steves operation a try to see if we liked touring. It seemed to be a good balance of smaller tour group with time to be on our own, too. We were impressed with the TV travels of Rick Steves, had a number of acquaintances who had taken and liked his tours and we wanted to get a more personal feel for Ireland than a larger group could provide.

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