Women Writing4: Remembering


Winter 2012/Spring 2013

Volume: 30

Number: 1

Table of Contents

by Fran Beer, Brenda Cranney and Andrea Medovarski

Our Elders, Our Foremothers, Our Grandmothers

Going, Going, Gone
by Marcia Walker  

These Women
by Renee Norman

Mary-Violet Beaulieu           
by Christina Foisy

The Extraordinary Life of a Daughter of the Revolution   
by Lily Pourzand

Dreaming Grandchildren      
by Renee Norman 

My Grandmother Only        
by Marlene Kadar 

My Grandmother Is Normal
by Gianna Patriarca 

In Another Time        
by Joanna M. Weston

Memoires de femmes
par Micheline Mercier 

Mother Teresa          
by Janna Payne 

Letter for Emily D.    
by Carol Lipszyc

Rainy Season
by Rachel O’Donnell

Portraits of Queer Artists     
by Sarah Hunter 

by Andrea Thompson  

Maria Grazia and Naples     
by Gianna Patriarca    

Fly Away Home      
by Linda J. Kmet

The Art of Friends    
by Patricia Keeney 

Une mémoire à ta mesue et à ta démesure
par Élaine Audet 

From Shy Feminist to World Citizen        
by Özlem Ezer

Composing: The Work of Geraldine Moodie      
by Rebecca Luce-Kaplar

Wash up as far as    
by Sheila Stewart 

Vengeance infâme
par Eva Circé-Côté

I. (slime and other discrepancies)   
by Ela Przybylo

II. (to know death, impossible)     
by Ela Przybylo

Our Mothers, Our Daughters

by Ari Belathar  

Killing Me Softly
by Adwoa Ntozake Onuora 

This Is What It All Comes To         
by Renee Norman

Green Onions           
by Grace Adeniyi Ogunyankin

by Susan McCaslin

The Choice of Listening      
by Linda Martin 

by Gianna Patriarca 

Wanting Out        
by Jenny Morrow

Demeter’s Epic Smile
by Susan McCaslin

Spill of Trees
by Renee Norman

The Mother on the Shore    
by Maura Hanrahan  

The Queen of Peter Street 
by Eleanor Albanese   

Like Mother   
by Jocelyn William 

my mother would put ribbons        
by A. Mary Murphy 

by Susan McCaslin

by Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes  

A Fugue on the World         
by Sheila Stewart

Silhouette on the Snow       
by June Stevenson

by Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes 

Mind over Matter
by Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes

Our Lives as Women: Strength, Love, Loss

by Esther Vincent 

by Lisa de Nikolits 

It was really nothing  
by Marion Mutala

Irises in Fire   
by Ilona Martonfi 

So We Try Again    
by Laura McLauchlan

The Real Nanny Diaries
by Alexa Bernabo

The way light falls     
by Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes 

Crater of Her Absence        
by Carol Damioli  

by Kelly Rose Pflug-Back

Big Woman Blues   
by Gianna Patriarca   

This Yearning
by Tara Kainer   

A Speck of Dust
by Mary Kay Ross 

Washing Up
by Joanna M. Weston

I am a truck driver’s underarm          
by Christina Foisy

by Barbara D. Janusz

The Love Song of Dora Maar        
by Eva Tihanyi    

11 Years Later         
by Jennie Donovan

Devils and Saints     
by Diane Driedger 

Clinic A, Exam Room 7      
by Katerina Fretwell  

Dear Doctor
by Karen Fejer

by Diane Driedger

In Memory of Farideh de Bosset   
by Diane Driedger

Sufi Evening 
by Greta Hofmann Nemiroff 

by Carole Glasser Langille 

I don’t want to be an old crazy person       
by A. Mary Murphy

La Lâcheté en pendentif     
par Lélia Young

Out of Iran     
by Patricia Keeney

When We Were Girls

It Happened on Good Friday
by Janet Tyrell   

Last Summer of Childhood
by Renee Norman

I Have a Dream        
by Diane Driedger 

by Madeline Sonik

Wild Plunge  
by Linda Martin

Digging in the Dirt     
by Michelle Hartai 

Do You Remember?          
by Claudia Costa 

by Elizabeth Greene 

Stained Door
by Madeline Sonik

In the Basin of Fundy, 1948           
by Gail Taylor 

Scrabble Poetry      
by Renee Norman

Chestnut Hill Farm    
by Frances Beer  

by Jocelyn Williams   

Bad news     
by Madeline Sonik 

by Carrianne K. Y. Leung

The Singers on Grodzka Street     
by Carol Lipszyc  

Late Bloomer
by Tara Kainer   

The Wallflower         
by Joan Baril    

words keep bursting out of books
by A. Mary Murphy

by Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes     

Book Reviews

Pas d’ici, pas d’ailleurs: Anthologie poétiques francophone de voix féminines contemporaines
reviewed by Lélia Young  

The Goose Girl,The Rabbi and the New York Teachers: A Family Memoir
reviewed by Marjorie Roemer 

The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The P.E.I. Years, 1889-1900
reviewed by C. Van Daalen-Smith  

The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen, Second Edition
reviewed by Marilyn J. Batey 

Finding a Way to the Heart: Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women’s History in Canada
reviewed by Jennifer Hayter  

Through Feminist Eyes: Essays on Canadian Women’s History
reviewed by Marlene Mendonça 

Mr. Fox          
reviewed by Kathryn Travis

The Mere Future
reviewed by Robert Teixeira 

A Large Harmonium          
reviewed by Oana Secrieru 

The New African Diaspora in Vancouver: Migration, Exclusion and Belonging
reviewed by Sanja Ivanov

Borrowed Tongues: Life Writing, Migration and Translation  reviewed by Paola Bohórquez 

Breadwinning Daughters: Young Working Women in a Depression-Era City, 1929-1939
reviewed by Nina Kaye  

Women, Communism and Industrialization in Postwar Poland
reviewed by Weronika Rogula 

All is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day
reviewed by Daniel Lagacé-Roy

About the Artwork

Front Cover Artwork

Cheryl Braganza, “Carte Blanche,” 2012, acrylic, 16 x 20″.

Back Cover Artwork

Cheryl Braganza, “Seeds,” 2010, mixed medium, 16 x 20″.

Artist statement: “My wish is that my art engages people, challenges their assumptions about women, provokes critical thought with respect to diversity and stir their humanity—all with the eventual goal of promoting harmony and peace.”

Artist bio: Cheryl Braganza, artist, writer, cancer-survivor, was born in India, studied in Italy and the United Kingdom, lived in Montreal since 1966 and has painted for the past 45 years. Chosen Montreal Woman of the Year in 2008 by the Montreal Council of Women, her acrylic paintings with vibrant colours and imagery echo peace, hope and infinite renewal. She collaborates closely with organizations that focus on human rights. Convenor for Culture and Heritage for the National Council of Women of Canada, she was recently appointed President of the Women’s Art Society of Montreal.


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