Panel Discussion: Women Writing About Sex & Desire

Panel Discussion

Women Writing About Sex and Desire

Presented by the Women’s National Book Association and NYU’s Creative Writing Program

Join us March 25, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The panel will explore the difficulties and delights of women writing about sex and desire across generations, cultures, and genres.

Location: Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th St. New York, NY.

RSVP on the WNBA website.


Jill BialoskyJill Bialosky, poet, novelist and editor at W.W. Norton and Company. She is the author of three novels, House Under Snow, The Life Room, and most recently The Prize. Her poems and essays have been published in many magazines including The New Yorker, Harpers, O, the Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, and more.



Melissa Febos, essayist and author of Whip Smart: The True Story of a Secret Life, her description of Melissa Febosworking as a professional dominatrix. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and serves on the board of directors of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.



Jennifer GilmoreJennifer Gilmore is the author of the novel The Mothers, which is currently being adapted for film, Something Red, and Golden Country, a New York Times Notable Book, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the National Jewish Book Award. Her forthcoming YA novel is We Were Never Here.



Elissa Schappell, author of two novels-in-stories, most recently Blueprints for Building Better Girls Elissa Schappellwhich was chosen as one of the “Best Books of Year” by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal and O Magazine. She is also a contributing editor and book columnist at Vanity Fair.




Harriet ShenkmanModerator: Harriet Shenkman is a poet, a Professor Emerita at City University of New York, and a WNBA-NYC advisory board member. She has won several poetry awards, and her novel, The Camel Tamer, is in final revision.




About Blog Editor

The Women’s National Book Association was founded in 1917 by female booksellers who weren’t allowed in the men’s organizations. Nearly 100 years later, the WNBA is still supporting women in the book industry through literary events, networking, literacy projects, workshops, open mic nights, book clubs, and many other entertaining programs throughout the season!

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