'The Selected Letters of Willa Cather’ edited by Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout

In one of Willa Cather’s letters to her beloved brother Roscoe she writes, “As for me, I have cared too much, about people and places–cared too hard. It made me as a writer, but it will break me in the end.” Losing those near to her very nearly did break Cather, but it is our great fortune that she let herself care as much as she did…. read more

Listen to the 2006 Jane Rule Interview with Women-Stirred Radio

“…THE FIRST FAN MAIL I HAD WAS ALMOST ALWAYS FROM PEOPLE WHO FELT VERY ISOLATED AND VERY UNKNOWN…AS THE YEARS WENT ON I MUCH MORE OFTEN GOT RATHER JOYFUL LETTERS SAYING THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK YOU’VE DONE AND HOW MUCH EASIER YOU’VE MADE MY LIFE.” Author Jane Rule is best known for her… read more

'Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood Among Black Women' by Mignon R. Moore

There are approximately 39 million people who check “Black or African-American” on their Census forms. Nearly sixty percent of those individuals identify as female. If Census numbers provide an accurate reflection of a population, then one could imagine that Black or African-American women would be highly visible in their own communities, as well as others…. read more

'Harriet Hosmer: A Cultural Biography' by Kate Culkin.

Kate Culkin looks at the influences of spiritualism, the new feminism, the decline of Romanticism and the rise of Modernism, on Harriet Hosmer and her work. Considered the foremost woman sculptor of her time, Hosmer portrayed the image of strong women, unbowed, even when crushed under patriarchal power…. read more