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The Next Generation: Earth’s Daughters

Hopefully there are a good number of readers out there who are aware of Buffalo’s feminist and literary arts periodical called Earth’s Daughters. I am told that Earth’s Daughters is the oldest feminist arts periodical still in publication (since 1971), meaning that there’s an important history behind the periodical that warrants community support. 
Coming up on Wednesday November 14th at 7:30pm, at Buffalo East, there will be a fundraiser for Earth’s Daughters called The Next Generation. “Earth’s Daughters has been a force in the advancement of feminist literary arts since its inception in 1971,” said Janna Willoughby (Blood Thirsty Vegans). “Earth’s Daughters has also been based in and committed to Buffalo.  We really value the tactile nature of physical books and due to the lack of publishing grant funding, we are holding this fundraiser to ensure that we can keep publishing for the foreseeable future. The cost is $10 at the door and includes a past issue and food.  We are also doing $20 at the door for a 3-issue subscription to Earth’s Daughters in addition to the past issue and food. $5 off either price for students with valid ID.
Earths Daughter’s (Facebook) will also be hosting a Chinese auction (and a few silent ones as well) to help raise more money, and the following businesses/artists have partnered with us to provide prizes: 
“So far, our auction prizes are: a basket of goodies and gift certificates to Coming Home Buffalo from Toni Meldzuk, gift cert. to The Lexington Salon from Liz Clough, dinner for 2 at the Woodlawn Diner from Sara Marie Ries, custom hula hoop from Filigrees from Melissa Campbell, gift cert from Papercraft Miracles, merch from The BloodThirsty Vegans, basket of Avon from Jamie Doktor, gift cert. to Talking Leaves, visual art from Alana Adetola, Ja Ja Neen, Amanda Jane, Anna Laurie Miller, Mike Mulley and Justin “Shish Ka-bob”, gift cert. from Lagniappes, gift cert to Hand to Heart Yoga as well as Evolation Yoga, gift cert. to Merge Restaurant, gift cert. to Amy’s Place, a gift cert. for holistic healing from Laura Jean Costelluzo, gift cert. to Burning Books bookstore, a SIGNED copy of an Allen Ginsberg chapbook AND a full collector’s set of Earth’s Daughters–all 81 issues!! And more donations are coming!! This is gonna be fabulous!! Thank you SO much to all of our auction sponsors and artists who have helped to make this possible. We appreciate you so much.”

On November 14, 2012, Earth’s
Daughters Magazine will present a literary reading and fundraiser, EARTH’S
Main St., Buffalo
, at 7:30 p.m., featuring Marina Blitshteyn,
Robin Brox, Jennifer Campbell, Kim Chinquee, Sara Ries,  
and Janna
, as well as a mini-story/dance performance by Sophia
 and Music by BloodThirsty Vegans.  Although
Earth’s Daughters has been presenting over-50 writers in the Gray Hair Reading
Series, (co-sponsored by Just Buffalo and Hallwalls) for 8 years, this event
showcases younger women writers, most in their 20’s and 30’s. Admission is
two-tiered: $10 for performances, and a past issue of Earth’s
Daughters or $20 for performance, past issue, and a three-issue
subscription to Earth’s Daughters magazine (normally $20 by itself).  For
students with ID, the fee is reduced by $5. All inclusive will be an available
array of appetizers and munchies.

Marina Blitshteyn was born in Moldova and immigrated to
the US in 1991. She completed her BA in English at the University at Buffalo
and an MFA in poetry at Columbia University, where she was a writing instructor
and consultant. Her chapbook, Russian for Lovers, was published by
Argos Books in 2011. She currently lives and works in NYC.

Robin Brox is
a poet, book artist, and teacher who has degrees from The University of
Maine, Orono and UB. The founder of Saucebox, a performance
series turned small press, Robin produces handmade books and hosts poetry
readings featuring women writers; she performs with Saucebox annually as part
of the Buffalo Infringement Festival.  Her book, Sure Thing, was
published by BlazeVOX [books] in 2011. Robin’s poetry has appeared in The
Buffalo News, Artvoice, Lungfull!, Psychic Rotunda
, and other journals.
She has published several chapbooks, including an instant-mini chapbook from
Binge Press (2010), and others under the Saucebox Books imprint. Her next
book, Pomegranates, is forthcoming from Xexoxial Editions, and
she also has a chapbook forthcoming from Least Weasel. Robin is the technical
and assistant director for Buffalo Poets Theater. She has been teaching
writing professionally since 2003.

Jennifer Campbell is an English professor at Erie Community College and
a co-editor of Earth’s Daughters and of Beyond Bones
Her first book of poetry, titled Driving Straight Through, was
published by FootHills in 2008, and her second book, Supposed to Love,
will be published by Saddle Road Press.

Recent work appears in Common
Ground Review, Sow’s Ear, Saranac Review, Fugue, The Healing Muse, The
Pedestal, Earthshine, Bloodroot, Bluestem, Slipstream, 
and Slant
She has received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and
Creative Activities along with an Honorable Mention in the 2010 New
Millennium Writings 
competition and a Pushcart nomination.

Kim Chinquee is the author of the collections Oh
Baby, Pretty, 
and Pistol.  Her fiction
has appeared in several journals and anthologies including The Nation,
Huffington Post, NOON, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly,
Fiction, The Mississippi Review, The Notre Dame Review, The South Carolina
Review, New York Tyrant, Best of the Web 2010, The Pushcart Prize XXXI: Best of
the Small Presses 2007
and many others. She is an associate professor of English at Buffalo State

Sara Ries holds a B.A. in English from Fredonia
State College and a MFA in Poetry from Chatham University.  Her first
book, Come In, We’re Open (NFSPS Press), won the Stevens
Poetry Manuscript Competition.  Her parents have owned a diner since
she was two-years-old which i where she hosts “Poetry and Dinner Nights at
the Woodlawn Diner.”  Sara is an adjunct professor of English at ECC

Sophia Roberts is an activist, dancer, and performing
artist. She was a member of Ice 9 (a performance poetry group) and BCIJPG (the
Buffalo Contact Improv Jam Performance Group), and has produced several
collaborative shows of mixed performance artistry, with a focus on play,
inclusion, diversity, improvisation, contact, and community. She has 
been a regional coordinator for the Self
Advocacy Association since 2002, supporting people with developmental
disabilities to speak up for themselves, doing community education and systems
 She holds a
degree in Fine Arts and African-American studies from SUNY Brockport and is a
facilitator of Dance on the Wild Side.

Janna Willoughby-Lohr is a co-editor and layout artist for
Earth’s Daughters Magazine and a graduate of Warren Wilson College.
 She has been the featured reader at Center for Inquiry, the Burchfield
Center, Wordflight Series, Poetry and Dinner Night at the Woodlawn Diner, and
elsewhere.  She also performs poetry as her alter-ego “MC
Vendetta” and music as “Janna-Ruth.” She was a Grand Slam
finalist in 2005-2008 for the Nickel City Poetry Slam, and a member of the 2006
Nickel City Slam team at the National Poetry Slam.  Since 2008 she has
been performing with her band, The Blood Thirsty Vegans. She
has also been the project coordinator and teaching artist for middle-school
students in a program in Chautauqua and Erie County.  She works as a
graphic designer for

The Blood
Thirsty Vegans 
a “lively mix of energetic hiphop, rock, funk, ska and blues, topped off
with socially-conscious, positive lyrics.” The band consists of 
Janna Willoughby-Lohr (Vocals, Trumpet), Alex Mead (Vocals), Bryan Lohr
(Guitar), Matt Eppolito (Bass), Kaitlyn Gardner (Keyboard, Clarinet),
and Dave Harter (Drums).

Earth’s Daughters Magazine, produced by a
multi-generational collective of editors (Kastle Brill, Jennifer Campbell,
Joyce Kessel, Janna Willoughby-Lohr, and ryki zuckerman), is the oldest
continuously published literary feminist periodical in United States and has
been one of Buffalo’s best kept secrets for 41 years.   

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • paulsobo

    Needless to say, I hope eagerly for the day when feminism is tossed on the trash heap of obsolete and destruct philosophical beliefss:
    -an un-necessary war of the genders
    -an empowerment through victimization believe
    -a lie telling society that men and women are the same in the nature/nurture…well they are not the same…there may be grey areas where girls relate better to the male gender and boys to the female gender but there are differences.
    -a lie telling society that women can have it all and the government should subsidize everything from abortion and birth control to day care
    -a lie which legislates quotas via title9 in education, to quotas in the workplace for women in areas where they are statistically under-represented but completely ignores areas where women are statistically over representated in education and the workplace. Fair is fair.
    -and the list goes on

  • grad94

    oh, christy-lou-paulsobo, you are -so- cute when you’re self-righteous. here’s one for you.,humor,meme,sex-fd0dd4a73b671baf6492118ad69ddea1_h.jpg

  • paulsobo

    LMAO…hey…I think Im right…but I think your response if funny

  • PaulBuffalo

    Grad, hey, cut ChristieLou some slack: he hasn’t gone after the gays in quite a while. Okay, yes, he went after the ______ recently but I’m sure that was just an error in his copy-and-paste BRO posting schedule.

  • buffloonitick

    this comes to mind after reading that comment.

  • grad94

    well, thanks back at you for providing such teachable moments. women, if you’re on a date with a guy and he talks like paulsobo? run, do not walk, in the other direction! even if you don’t identify with feminism!

  • paulsobo

    The biggest sickness in the gay community is their belief that there is a lifestyle associated with being gay.
    As Andrew Sullivan once wrote…gay civil rights like african american civil rights like feminism should be about being ordinary.
    however the system we have in place today makes civil rights a special class of people…extra-ordinary not ordinary. thats the problem at its source.

  • grad94

    actually, if you spent any time around gay people, you would know that they resent having their lives characterized as “lifestyles.” just one example:

  • buffloonitick

    you don’t think dressing up in womens cloths and prancing about singing Judy Garland songs is a lifestyle?

  • paulsobo

    I would agree with that article…but I wasn’t speaking to people courageous enough to be ordinary gay, straight, men women, black, white, Hispanic, etc. I was speaking to the people who choose to be slaves to the stereotypical label because it gives them an identity and an advantage
    We were a better society before we balkanized into fractious subcultures competing to be legitimizes and then special advantage.
    Its. Like the ACLU suing the father-daughter dance because its gender specific. Its political correctness run a mock.The next thing you know those child safety harnesses will come with leather studs and ball gags and tush less chaps for newly adopted children of gays…and say society should accept it as normal and ordinary. Whatever…you don’t get the smallest point I’mmaking.

  • grad94

    only to the same degree that putting on a suit and bustling around the office is a “lifestyle.”