Saturday, April 18, 2009

Herstory Archive Launch & Reception 4/20

Please join us for a reception celebrating Herstory Writers Workshop.

The archives of Herstory and Erika Duncan are being donated to Special Collections of Stony Brook University Libraries. Erika Duncan is the founder of Herstory Writers Workshop, as well as a novelist and essayist whose work many Long Islanders know from her monthly front-page features in the New York Times Long Island Weekly during the 1990s. Herstory Writers Workshop is a community memoir-writing project that provides women from all walks of life with a unique set of tools to help them turn their memories into literary works of art. More than 2000 women on LI have participated in the Herstory project, including women form LI's Latina community and women incarcerated in Suffolk County's prisons.

Additionally, Erika was one of the founders of the Women's Salon, a New York City based network that met for ten years in Erika's Westbeth Apartment. This group gave audience support and serious critical attention to works of writers who were not well known. Emerging works of now-known Feminist writers and artists such as Adrienne Rich, Kate Millet, Susan Griffith, Dorothy Dinnerstein, Olga Broumas, Paula Gunn Allen and Judy Chicago were given early audience exposure there.

Please join us on April 20th for a reception that will include a program of readings will be followed by refreshments.

This event is free and open to the public. Don’t miss this historic event!!

For more information about Herstory, please visit their website at

Sponsored by the West Campus Chapter of the United University Professions, the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, Center for Working Class Life, the Women’s Studies Program, the Wang Center, the School of Social Welfare and Stony Brook University Libraries Special Collections.

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