It’s been a fun Womens’ History month at SVA library. We had the Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon where we gathered to learn how to edit Wikipedia and diversify its content to include more women in the arts. We also started an Instagram campaign to feature women who inspired our staff members. We talked riot grrrl music, modernist lesbian lit, and manga body horror. Fun stuff. Check it out at @svalibrary. And because women creators are omnipresent yet persistently underrepresented, we are continuing the campaign beyond the dedicated month.

It’s important to actively seek out women writers, artists, creators etc. because they are often not given the same platform, exposure, and coverage as men, particularly white men. Many mainstream publications are beginning to acknowledge this oversight and some are even beginning to fill in the gaps of lost coverage of women creators. The New York Times recently launched Overlooked a column that writes obituaries for “remarkable women” who were not recognized by the paper upon their death. Some of the forgotten women were Ida B. Wells, Diane Arbus, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Plath, Qui Jin, and Mahdubala--- creators who affected history, politics, literature, and art considerably but who you may not know because their stories weren’t told.

In the vein of continuing to focus on women creators, we’d like to point out some new titles in the collection:


Complete Stories of Clarice Lispector

A Brazilian writer whose experimental writing is just now getting a lot of attention in the literary world.



Laura Aguilar : Show and Tell

Photographer Aguilar is known for her portraits of the lesbian and queer communities in Los Angeles.



The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen

A writer from the Harlem Renaissance whose perspective on the art movement is not often told.



Story of my Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

A contemporary Mexican writer who people say is creating the future of fiction.  



Faces and Phases by Zanele Muholi

Photographer Muholi takes portraits of queer women in Africa in order to destigmatize their existence.



The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni is a celebrated poet who began publishing in the 1960s.



Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros

Chicana Storyteller Sandra Cisneros writes narratives about family and culture.