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Part 4: "The Power of the Positive Crone" by Carole Spearin McCauley

We are currently working on an exciting issue dedicated to aging and gender which includes critical work, poems, creative fiction, and interviews with Ursula LeGuin, Marge Piercy, and Kate Millet.
As a prelude to this issue, we've serialized "The Power of the Positive Crone" - an article by Carole Spearin McCauley. The final part of the series is now available to read here.
This article written as Q & A piece for The Great Age Issue and author has graciously permitted us to serialize it on our blog as a prelude to the issue itself. It is currently being serialized in four parts on our blog: The Voices of Femspec

Announcement: Femenina Sube International Community Arts Collective

Come Join Our Femenina Sube Intentional Community Arts Collective!
Mission Statement: 
We are constructing a mosaic mural on Isla Mujeres, MX. IxChel, the Maya fertility goddess, energizes the island. As an interactive arts activity, we rented a space to construct a mural of fertility goddesses from around the world, involving those who pass by on the streets. We are creating a happening, or a multidisciplinary work of art with the intent of connecting spectators (Mariellen Sandford, Happenings and Other Acts, Routledge, 1995}. Many photograph the mural’s progress to post on Facebook. We then post these photos in online myth, women’s studies and art classes, and talk about revitalizing mythic images by putting the Great Mother up in various forms; thus we do women’s studies in the streets, and create material to write about in articles, conference papers, and online classes.
Some photographs of the work have been accepted in art shows, including at SUNY ESC. The work required previous preparatory research such as visiting ruins in England, a mosaic tarot sculpture garden in Italy, the British Museum, and the Rockefeller Museum in Israel.
The work attracts international women artists, such as one from a feminist collective in Milan, another from the Lesbian Haunted House in Toronto, owner of a women’s toy store in Brighton, and others from Turkey, Argentina and Serbia. Thus doing the mural on the streets is a form of research by outreach, that generates new connections to report to students as I teach.
Become a member for $120 a month, and support this global women’s arts project generating international conversation.
There are various ways you can become involved, to support this initiative. For $60 a month, you can also become a core collective member and be in residence either in the central location or the Artemis Annex, a nearby apartment. If you want to come visit to check us out, ask about short-term monthly rates.
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If you wish to donate, go online to http://femspec.org/donations.html and hit the donate button. Femspec, an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to challenging gender through speculative arts and literature, is the mother ship of this project.

From the beginning, myths have told of women  who have lived apart from men—the Sirens who sang on the Aegean rocks, the Amazons of the Brazilian jungle, the self-reproducing women on islands in Polynesia, to name only a few. What we are doing is creating a Red Tent community on Isla Mujeres, an island off the coast of Cancun, named so because four statues of women were found on the South Point when Spanish explorers first came here.
Fmi: email femspec@aol.com

"The Power of the Positive Crone" by Carole Spearin McCauley

We are currently working on an exciting issue dedicated to aging and gender which includes critical work, poems, creative fiction and interviews with Ursula LeGuin, and Marge Piercy.
As a prelude to this issue, we bring to you "The Power of the Positive Crone" - an article by Carole Spearin McCauley. This article written as Q & A piece, 
This article will be published in four parts on our blog: The Voices of Femspec
Click here to read the first of the four part series.
This article was written for The Great Age Issue and author has graciously permitted us to serialize it on our blog as a prelude to the issue itself. 

Don't forget: We are accepting submissions for this issue until March 1, 2014. Write to us at femspec-at-aol-dot-com or to the issue editor aganapath-at-gmail-dot-com if you'd like to submit your work for consideration. 

Rap and Write

Femspec offers Rap and Write, classes that start the first Monday of every month. 
We meet at 8 PM EST on SKYPE. To participate, send your paypal fee of $100 a month to femspec-at-aol-dot-com. For this, you can come to four Monday night sessions at 8 pm. 
Send your contact information to batyasweinbaum at SKYPE and there you can read anything you are writing, and talk about what you want to write about. You can also upload files and share your writing with other members of the class for feedback during the week, and ask for the kind of criticism you want to get. All genres welcome--poetry, memoir, book review, interview, drama, criticism, speculative, sf, fantasy, myth. 
Work may or may not lead to publication in Femspec.

Work with Femspec: Book Review Editor

Femspec is in need of a book review editor. 
Responsibilities include communicating with editor about overall vision of what needs to be reviewed in the journal, conferring at conferences, strategizing about how to collect the latest books each year, making the rounds at conferences to get books directly from exhibitors, going through new title lists to order review copies, focusing on compiling scholarly texts to review, advertising for reviewers on lists such as Pop Culture, WMSTL, SFRA, IAFA; sending reviews out for peer-review; copy editing and proof reading reviews; collecting bios from reviewers as well as ensuring that they subscribe; supervising returning the page copy to publishers and authors once book reviews are printed. 
If you're interested in the post, please mail the Editor-in-Chief at femspec.at.aol.com.
Other opportunities to work with Femspec are listed on our blog.

Issue 13.2 Now Available

Cleveland Heights, OH, March, 2013.

Femspec is pleased to announce that our newest issue (13.2) is now available to order. 

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Join the Femspec Team

Do you want the opportunity for professional development?

Are you just getting out of your Masters program brimming with skills and unsure of your candidacy for a doctoral program?

Are you in the doctoral program or assistant prof. slot wanting to fatten your resume with professional service?

Femspec is looking for people to join our team. Click here to learn more

The Best of Femspec's First Ten Years Creative Writing  Awards Anthology

Feminist Voices, the Best of Femspec's First Ten Years Creative Writing was published by Aqueduct Press and can be found for purchase here.

Donation opportunities

Be sure to learn about our tax-deductible donation opportunites, which allow you to take a tax deduction on your federal income taxes.