Join McNally Jackson, Feminist Press, and selected contributors to celebrate a new collection of writing for the iconic underground blog Weird Sister. Collecting the best of Weird Sister, these unapologetic and insightful essays link contemporary feminism to literature and pop culture.
Launched in 2014, Weird Sister proudly staked out a corner of the internet where feminist writers could engage with the literary and popular culture that excited or enraged them. The blog made space amid book websites dominated by white male editors and contributors, and also committed to covering literary topics in-depth when larger feminist outlets rarely could. Throughout its decade-long run, Weird Sister served as an early platform for some of contemporary literature's most striking voices, naming itself a website that "speaks its mind and snaps its gum and doesn't apologize."
Edited by founder Marisa Crawford, The Weird Sister Collection brings together the work of longtime contributors such as Morgan Parker, Christopher Soto, Soleil Ho, Julian Delgado Lopera, Virgie Tovar, Jennif(f)er Tamayo, and more, alongside new original essays. Offering nuanced insight into contemporary and historical literature, in conversation with real-life and timely social issues, these pieces mark a transitional and transformative moment in online and feminist writing.
“In this stimulating anthology […] pieces balance a breezy style with intelligent interrogations of what it means to be a woman today. The result is an approachable examination of contemporary feminism.” —Publishers Weekly
“The Weird Sister Collection is a hilarious, delicious, and earnest dive into the intersection of feminism and culture. Reminiscent of not just zine-style writing but era-defining collections like To Be Real and Making Face, Making Soul, this experimental collection of writing is a must-have for anyone asking questions about identity, belonging, and the current and future state of not just feminism but all the intersectional ‘isms’ that can either hold our imaginations captive or free us.” —Samhita Mukhopadhyay, former executive editor of Teen Vogue
“Feminist thought is alive and well in The Weird Sister Collection. Whether it drives you to start a zine or tear down a statue of a Confederate general, one thing’s for sure: after you read this book, you won’t want to just sit there and suffer anymore.” —Rax King, author of Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer
Marisa Crawford is the author of the poetry collections The Haunted House, Reversible, and, most recently, DIARY (Spuyten Duyvil, 2023). She is the editor of The Weird Sister Collection (Feminist Press, 2024), and co-editor, with Megan Milks, of We Are The Baby-Sitters Club. Marisa is the creator of Weird Sister, a website and organization that explores the intersections of feminism, literature, and pop culture, and co-host of the 90s rock podcast All Our Pretty Songs. She lives in New York.
Cathy de la Cruz (she/they) is a Brooklyn-based writer and film- maker originally from San Antonio, Texas. She is a graduate of both the University of Arizona’s Creative Writing MFA program and UC San Diego’s Visual Arts MFA program. She was a member of Sister Spit’s twentieth-anniversary tour.
Naomi Extra is a poet, writer, scholar, and cartoonist. In both her creative and scholarly work, she explores the themes of agency and pleasure in the lives of black women and girls. You can find her work in places like the Boston Review, Zora, the New Yorker, The Lily, and elsewhere. Currently, she teaches at Rutgers University, Newark.
Megan Milks is the author of Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body, named a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and Slug and Other Stories, both published by Feminist Press, as well as Tori Amos Bootleg Webring, published in Instar Books’ Remember the Internet series. With Marisa Crawford, they coedited We Are the Baby-Sitters Club: Essays and Artwork from Grown-Up Readers.
Moderated by Nadine Santoro. Nadine is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and facilitator. She works in nonprofit independent book publishing, leads spiritual retreats, and teaches on creative attention. Nadine also co-hosts the podcast Thinking Straight, a lesbian anthropological dig into the world of heterosexual romance novels. She lives in Brooklyn with her girlfriend and their two senior dogs, Knives and Young Neil.
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