Women, Literature, and the Arts

Actors Theatre of Louisville
A vital force in American regional the­ater for more than four decades, the Actors Theatre of Louisville pro­duces a vari­ety of events, includ­ing the Humana Festival of New American Plays, the dis­tin­guished New Play Program, and the bien­nial Bingham Signature Shakespeare series. Many of the Humana Festival plays have been pub­lished in Actors Theatre antholo­gies as well as indi­vid­ual act­ing edi­tions, mak­ing them part of the per­ma­nent canon of American dra­matic literature.

Biographers International Organization
Biographer’s International Organization (BIO), a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion, was founded in May of 2010 to pro­mote the art and craft of biog­ra­phy, and to fur­ther the pro­fes­sional inter­ests of its practitioners..

Glimmer Train
A lit­er­ary jour­nal founded in 1990 and based in Portland, Oregon, pub­lish­ing lit­er­ary fic­tion by estab­lished and emerg­ing short-story writers.

Guerrilla Girls on Tour
Feminist artists using smart humor to address sex­ism with per­for­mance art.

Kentucky Foundation for Women
Established in 1985 by Sallie Bingham, the Kentucky Foundation for Women pro­motes pos­i­tive social change by sup­port­ing var­ied fem­i­nist expres­sion in the arts.

Kentucky Repertory Theatre at Horse Cave
A the­ater com­pany estab­lished in 1976 in the small rural town of Horse Cave, near Mammoth Cave National Park.

The MacDowell Colony
Founded in 1907 and located in Petersborough, New Hampshire, MacDowell is the old­est artists’ colony in the United States. The Colony awards res­i­den­cies to com­posers, film­mak­ers, visual artists, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary writ­ers, and architects.

Rachel’s Network
This orga­ni­za­tion pro­motes women as impas­sioned lead­ers and agents of change ded­i­cated to the stew­ard­ship of the earth.

Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture
The Center—part of Duke University’s Special Collections Library—acquires, pre­serves, and makes avail­able to researchers pub­lished and unpub­lished mate­ri­als that reflect the pub­lic and pri­vate lives of women, past and present.

Sarabande Books
This non­profit lit­er­ary press based in Louisville, Kentucky, focuses on qual­ity poetry, short fic­tion, and cre­ative nonfiction.

Sunstone Press
This inde­pen­dent press based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, pub­lishes a wide array of gen­eral fic­tion and non­fic­tion, as well as non­fic­tion that pre­serves and high­lights the rich­ness of the American Southwest.

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts
VIDA seeks to explore crit­i­cal and cul­tural per­cep­tions of writ­ing by women through mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tion and the exchange of ideas among exist­ing and emerg­ing lit­er­ary communities.

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
An inter­na­tional work­ing retreat for visual artists, writ­ers, and com­posers, located in the rolling foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. VCCA pro­vides res­i­den­tial fel­low­ships of two weeks to two months, where highly accom­plished artists may work on their cre­ative projects, free from the dis­trac­tions of day-to-day life.

Women’s International Study Center
The mis­sion of the Women’s International Study Center is to inter­pret the lives and advance the con­tri­bu­tions of Eva Scott, Leonora Muse and Leonora Curtin in the arts, sci­ences, cul­tural preser­va­tion and busi­ness, while pre­serv­ing their Santa Fe home, Acequia Madre House™, and related collections.

Women’s Project and Productions
Founded in 1978, the Women’s Project is the nation’s old­est and largest com­pany ded­i­cated to pro­duc­ing and pro­mot­ing the­ater cre­ated by women.

Women Writing Women’s Lives
This is an ongo­ing sem­i­nar for women—academics, inde­pen­dent schol­ars, jour­nal­ists, and other professionals—who are engaged in writ­ing book-length biogra­phies and mem­oirs that por­tray the com­plex real­i­ties of women’s lives. It began in 1990, and oper­ates under the aegis of the Center for the Study of Women and Society and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Founded in 1900, Yaddo is an artists’ com­mu­nity located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mis­sion is to nur­ture the cre­ative process by pro­vid­ing an oppor­tu­nity for artists to work with­out inter­rup­tion in a sup­port­ive envi­ron­ment. Yaddo offers res­i­den­cies of two weeks to two months to pro­fes­sional cre­ative artists work­ing in chore­og­ra­phy, film, lit­er­a­ture, musi­cal com­po­si­tion, paint­ing, per­for­mance art, pho­tog­ra­phy, print­mak­ing, sculp­ture, and video.

Recommended Readings

Meeting The Two Fridas—Thoughts On Becoming Her-Story