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