Why I publish older women writers


I publish older women writers because I need company. I have always believed that how we imagine our lives, how we make meaning of living, comes largely from literature. The older I get – I’m 81 – the more I find myself seeking older women writers to tell me about myself. I am still acutely aware of how skewed my understanding of myself was in the years of growing up, entering womanhood, married life, motherhood, when there were not many writers in whose work the texture of my life, my feelings, my side of the story as a woman had been transformed by the imagination. At this stage of my journey through life, I feel alone, again in a largely unimagined world. I need to read what is written from the perspective of older women so I can imagine myself part of a varied, vital community, not as an anonymous, marginalized, stereotyped “senior.” But there are not enough of us. From the point of view of age and gender, we are the most under represented among published writers; older women writers from minority cultures are even scarcer. I publish older women writers because we are in short supply.

Sondra Zeidenstein, Publisher
         
       
     
            Chicory Blue Press
795 East Street North
Goshen, CT 06756
(860) 491-2271
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sondraz@optonline.net