A Reading List for Women’s History Month 2024

For Women’s History Month, observed annually during the month of March, we asked our member magazines and presses to share with us some of the books and literary journals they recommend reading in celebration. 




But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies

Feminist Press | 1993

Edited by Akasha (Gloria T.) Hull, Patricia Bell-Scott, and Barbara Smith and originally published in 1982, All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies is the first comprehensive collection of Black feminist scholarship.




Cover of Fast Fierce Women featuring illustrations of 18 women on a background of blue sky with white clouds.Fast Fierce Women: 75 Essays of Flash Nonfiction

Woodhall Press | 2022

Edited by Gina Barreca, this collection includes flash nonfiction by Caroline Leavitt, Maureen Corrigan, Phillis Levin, Leighann Lord, Teri Rizvi, Beth Blatt, and more.




Cover of Isn't She Great featuring the title written on a black and white movie theater marquee, all on a pink background.Isn’t She Great: Writers on Women-Led Comedies from 9 to 5 to Booksmart

Read Furiously | 2024

Edited by Elizabeth Teets, this anthology is “a collection of the most beloved female-centric comedies and the audiences who adore them.”





Cover of Medusa's Daughters featuring illustrations of feathers and vines on a pink and white background.Medusa’s Daughters: Magic and Monstrosity from Women Writers of the Fin-de-Siècle

Lanternfish Press | 2020

Edited by Theodora Goss, this collection features poems and stories by women writers from the late 1800s that “embody the very essence of magic and monstrosity.”




Cover of My Hand Holding Tight My Other Hand featuring illustrated pink and purple flowers on a dark blue background.My Hand Holding Tight My Other Hand

Nine Syllables Press | 2023

In this anthology edited by Adrie Rose, “nine contemporary poets embrace complexity and ambiguity, the uncomfortable realities of navigating intersectional womanhood, and reach for connection across experience.”




Cover of Nonwhite and Woman featuring a blurred night landscape with bright orange earth and a dark blue sky.Nonwhite and Woman: 131 Micro Essays on Being in the World

Woodhall Press | 2022

Edited by Carla Crujido and Darien Hsu Gee, Nonwhite and Woman “celebrates how women of color live and thrive in the world, and how they make their lives their own.”




Cover of Raising Lily Ledbetter, a woman with blond hair raising her arm and smiling on a black background.Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace

Lost Horse Press | 2015

This anthology brings together “voices of women poets in the workspaces they occupy: from cotton rows to corner suites, trawlers to typing pools, nursing stations to space stations, factory floors to faculty offices.”






Cover of Outtakes by Joanna Acevedo featuring a photograph of a vintage flower-patterned chair propped up against an orange wall.Outtakes by Joanna Acevedo

WTAW Press | 2023

In these essays, Acevedo “portrays a young memoirist’s experience of a life that is broken, beautiful, and confusing all at once.”




Cover of The Hurricane Book: A Lyric History by Claudia Acevedo-Quinones featuring a pattern of light blue wavy lines against a dark blue background.The Hurricane Book: A Lyric History by Claudia Acevedo-Quiñones

Rose Metal Press | 2023

In this debut memoir, Acevedo-Quiñones “pieces together the story of her family and Puerto Rico using a captivating combination of historical facts, poems, maps, overheard conversations, and flash essays.”




Cover of Cataloguing Pain by Allison Blevins, featuring yellow and blue wildflowers on a black background.Cataloguing Pain by Allison Blevins

YesYes Books | 2023

In this memoir, Blevins “explores motherhood, sexuality, and queerness as it juxtaposes the author’s diagnosis of MS with her partner’s gender transition.”




Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English

Feminist Press | 2010

Originally published in 1973, this book “examines how women-led healing was delegitimized to make way for patriarchy, capitalism, and the emerging medical industry.”




Cover of Faltas: Letters to Everyone in My Hometown Who Isn't My Rapist by Cecilia Gentili, featuring half a red flower on a black background.Faltas: Letters to Everyone in My Hometown Who Isn’t My Rapist by Cecilia Gentili

LittlePuss Press | 2023

Winner of the ALA Stonewall Book Award, this book is “a rich and moving epistolary memoir about transgender childhood, sexual trauma, motherhood, and a young queer life in 1970s Argentina.”




Cover of An Unruled Body by Ani Gjika, featuring an illustration of a hand holding an oval mirror and looking at a receding figure within it.An Unruled Body by Ani Gjika

Restless Books | 2023

In this debut memoir, “Gjika tells a different kind of immigrant story by writing about the ways a woman listens to her own body, intuition, and desire.”




Cover of Pitiless Bronze: A Postpatriarchal Examination of Prepatriarchal Cultures by Ruth J. Heflin, featuring a set of ancient ruins against a sunny blue sky.Pitiless Bronze: A Postpatriarchal Examination of Prepatriarchal Cultures by Ruth J. Heflin

Choeofpleirn Press | 2023

This book is “a re-examination of ancient symbols and literature through gynocentric eyes, instead of the biased androcentric view.”




Cover of The Girl Who Taught Herself to Fly by Kwan Kew Lai, featuring an illustration of three swallows flying against a background of blue mountains, blue sky, and green forest.The Girl Who Taught Herself to Fly by Kwan Kew Lai

Vine Leaves Press | 2022

This memoir is, according to Victoria Namkung, “a thoughtful consideration of the ways women and girls survive—and even thrive—within oppressive patriarchal systems.”




Cover of Hole Studies by Hilary Plum, featuring the white outline a rectangle on an orange background.Hole Studies by Hilary Plum

Fonograf Editions | 2022

This essay collection explores “writing and labor, art and activism, attention as a transformative practice, difference and collaboration, adjuncting and the margins of the academy, whiteness and its weapons, professionalization and its discontents, the radical importance of surprise, friendship at work, the self and its public and private modes.”




Cover of Rooms: Women, Writing, Woolf by Sina Queyras, featuring each word of the title as though written on strips of blue tape and taped on a beige background.Rooms: Women, Writing, Woolf by Sina Queyras

Coach House Books | 2022

This book “offers a peek into the defining spaces a young queer writer moved through as they found their way from a life of chaos to a life of the mind.”





Cover of The Last Year by Jill Talbot, featuring a long straight road stretching into the distance with stormy clouds hovering above it.The Last Year by Jill Talbot

Wandering Aengus Press | 2023

According to Felicity Jones, “The Last Year is an evocative and heart wrenching portrait of her final days living with her daughter, Indie, who’s about to leave home for university—just as the world begins to shut down in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.”






Cover of Horse Show by Jess Bowers, featuring a photo of a woman on a white horse leaping down from a tall metal structure.Horse Show by Jess Bowers

Santa Fe Writers Project | 2024

The stories in this debut collection “explore how humans have used, abused, and spectacularized their equine companions throughout American history.”




Cover of Pale Shadows featuring dried yellow flowers.Pale Shadows by Dominique Fortier

Translated from the French by Rhonda Mullins

Coach House Books | 2024

This novel tells “the story of the trio of women who brought the first collection of Emily Dickinson’s poems out of the shadows.”




Cover of Midwatch featuring an upsidedown silhouetted ship against a blue background.Midwatch by Jillian Danback-McGhan

Split/Lip Press | 2024

In this debut short fiction collection, “women service members confront a world that treats their military service as spectacle.”




Cover of Her Body Among Animals by Paola Ferrante, featuring a creature leaping over a mermaid tail on a light yellow and green background.Her Body Among Animals by Paola Ferrante

Book*hug Press | 2023

In this debut short fiction collection “merging horror, fairy tales, pop culture and sci-fi, women challenge the boundaries placed on their bodies.”




Cover of The Say So by Julia Franks, featuring a photo of a woman with a blank gold speech bubble coming out of her mouth on a white background.The Say So by Julia Franks

Hub City Press | 2023

Franks’s new novel is “about two young women contending with unplanned pregnancies in different eras.”




Cover of Good Women by Halle Hill, featuring an upturned hand with painted nails on a background of red flowers with green leaves.Good Women by Halle Hill

Hub City Press | 2023

Hill’s debut short fiction collection “delves into the lives of twelve Black women across the Appalachian South.”





Cover of All Shades of Iberibe by Kasimma, featuring a humanoid figure illustrated in red with a scorpion on their face, insects and snakes surrounding them, and yellow smoke rising above them.All Shades of Iberibe by Kasimma

Sandorf Passage | 2021

According to Chika Unigwe, this short fiction collection “pulses with wit and wisdom.” The stories “often surprise… often blur the line between the living and the dead.”




Cover of Sarra Copia: A Locked-in Life by Nancy Ludmerer, featuring a photo of a narrow alley in black and white.Sarra Copia: A Locked-in Life by Nancy Ludmerer

WTAW Press | 2023

Sarra Copia: A Locked-in Life is historical fiction based on the life of the title character, who was confined in the Jewish ghetto in Venice from her birth in 1592 until her death 49 years later.




Cover of The Simple Art of Killing a Woman by Patrícia Melo, featuring a headless woman's silhouette in green against a bright pink background.The Simple Art of Killing a Woman by Patrícia Melo

Translated from the Portuguese by Sophie Lewis

Restless Books | 2023

Melo’s novel “conjures the epidemic of femicide in Brazil, the power women can hold in the face of overwhelming male violence, the resilience of community despite state-sponsored degradation, and the potential of the jungle to save us all.”




Cover of The Case of Cem by Vera Mutafchieva, featuring a black white and transparent checkboard pattern with animals peeking out of the transparent squares, with an illustrated landscape behind it.The Case of Cem by Vera Mutafchieva

Translated from the Bulgarian by Angela Rodel

Sandorf Passage | 2024

This novel, “presented as a series of depositions by historical figures before a court, tells a straightforward tale: Upon the death of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1481, his eldest son Bayezid takes the throne.”




Urban Folk Tales by Y. Rodriguez featuring a black and white photograph of a person riding a bike into the golden sunlight surrounded by the city.Urban Folk Tales by Y. Rodriguez

Read Furiously | 2023

Urban Folk Tales is “a work of fiction based upon the true life experiences of the people who live in the working poor and working class neighborhoods of New York City.”





Half-Lives by Lynn Schmeidler

Autumn House Press | 2024

This book of 16 stories is “a humane, absurd, and timely collection of narratives centering on women’s bodies and psyches.”




Cover of Dancing with Langston by Sharyn Skeeter, featuring an illustration of Langston Hughes sitting at a table with rainbow-colored light falling on him.Dancing with Langston by Sharyn Skeeter

Green Writers Press | 2019

According to Charles Johnson, in this debut novel, Skeeter “has crafted a story that generously delivers black American history and culture, humor, a cast of vibrant, memorable characters, and a vivid portrait of one of the world’s most celebrated literary artists, Langston Hughes.”




Cover of Boomtown Girl by Shubha Sunder, featuring the silhoutte of a girl on a bike with a yellowed map in the background.Boomtown Girl by Shubha Sunder

Black Lawrence Press | 2023

Set in the Bangalore region of South India, Boomtown Girl “explores the ambitions, delusions, and struggles of people navigating a rapidly developing city.”







Theophanies by Sarah Ghazal Ali

Alice James Books | 2024

According to Leila Chatti, this debut poetry collection “pulses with life—angels, cranes, and a woman’s own fierce potential, the miraculous and terrifying possibilities she holds within her heart, womb, and mind.”




The Time War Takes by Jessi M. Atherton

Middle West Press | 2023

In this debut poetry collection, US Army veteran, registered nurse, and mental health advocate Jessi M. Atherton “explores themes of memory, resilience, and healing.”




Bone Language by Jamaica Baldwin

YesYes Books | 2023

Baldwin’s debut poetry collection “is a testament to the specific ways women survive the world and its attacks on their bodies.”




A Tide Should Be Able to Rise Despite Its Moon by Jessica Bell

Vine Leaves Press | 2024

“Inspired by the special bond between mother and child,” Bell’s poems “search for meaning in a world of misconception.”




Master Suffering by CM Burroughs

Tupelo Press | 2021

Burroughs’s poetry collection “pendulates between yield and command; the bodies of this book are supplicant yet seething—they want nothing more than to survive.”




Church Ladies by Renee Emerson

Fernwood Press | 2023

According to A. M. Juster, in this poetry collection Emerson “creates vibrant voices for religious women ranging from Saint Hildegard of Bingen to Mahalia Jackson.”




The Maybe-Bird by Jennifer Elise Foerster

The Song Cave | 2022

In this poetry collection, Foerster “uses new poetic forms and a highly conceptual framework to build these poems from myth, memory, and historical document, resurfacing Mvskoke language and story on the palimpsest of Southeastern U.S. history.”




She Who Lies Above by Beatriz Hausner

Book*hug Press | 2023

In this poetry collection, Hausner “brings Hypatia of Alexandria, the fourth century Byzantine mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher, to life.”




Sundry Abductions by Maria Dylan Himmelman

Hanging Loose Press | 2023

According to Shane McCrae, this poetry collection offers “linguistic interest; surprises that reveal truths I couldn’t have guessed; intelligence; beauty that is not easy.”




No Spare People by Erin Hoover

Black Lawrence Press | 2023

This poetry collection “documents the joys and perils of a tiny mother-daughter family navigating life on the margins.”




Cover of Song of My Softening featuring a topless Black woman in a gold skirt pictured from behind.Song of My Softening by Omotara James

Alice James Books | 2024

Song of My Softening “studies the ever-changing relationship with oneself, while also investigating the relationship that the world and nation has with Black queerness.”




The Beloved Community by Patricia Spears Jones

Copper Canyon Press | September 26, 2023

In her fifth poetry collection, Jones “interrogates the necessity and fragility of human bonds: sensual, familial, societal.”




Mothernest by Sandy Longley

Passager Books | 2023

This poetry collection explores “a world filled with cows, cormorants, dogs, mola molas, crows, bullfrogs, wrens, box turtles, chickens, bears, possums, mothers, daughters, and more.”




Cover of A Domestic Lookbook featuring a collage dress.A Domestic Lookbook by JoAnne McFarland

Grid Books | February 6, 2024

In this multimedia collection, McFarland “writes in conversation with the text of Malinda Russell’s A Domestic Cook Book, the first known cookbook published by a Black woman in the United States.”




Read Me: Selected Works by Holly Melgard

Ugly Duckling Presse | 2023

Read Me: Selected Works features “a representative selection of Holly Melgard’s formally experimental poetic works produced between 2008 and 2018.”




April by Sara Nicholson

The Song Cave | 2023

Nicholson’s third collection “is filled with the perverse and the sacred, whether the subject is art, love, or sex, whether it’s ancient or contemporary.”




States of Arousal by Sunshine O’Donnell

Trio House Press | 2023

In O’Donnell’s poetry collection, “the reader is confronted by the brutality of the modern world while simultaneously comforted by the delicate displays of the human spirit.”




A Brief History of Burning by Cait O’Kane

Belladonna* Collaborative | 2020

O’Kane’s debut poetry collection “discloses the moral crises of addiction, debt affliction, and an ascendant police state against communities of resistance in North Philadelphia and New York City.”




Dream Apartment by Lisa Olstein

Copper Canyon Press | 2023

In this poetry collection, Olstein “builds a world of night-rabbits, bodiless shadows, and networks of wind where ode and elegy meet.”




Girldom by Megan Peak

Perugia Press | 2018

This debut poetry collection “chronicles coming of age as a woman: the violence of discovery, the evolution of sexuality, and the demanding yet necessary acts of self-preservation and resistance.”




Two Brown Dots by Danni Quintos

BOA Editions | 2022

Selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, this poetry collection “carves a space for brown girls and weird girls.”




Membery by Preeti Kaur Rajpal

Tupelo Press | 2023

In this poetry collection, Rajpal “writes through post-memory, that is, the memory of the generations after a great human calamity imparted to them through family and community story-telling, materials, silences, and spiritual practice.”




Good Grief, the Ground by Margaret Ray

BOA Editions | 2023

In this poetry collection, Ray “is pulling back the curtains on our societal performance of culture, guiding an exposing light to the daily performance that is life in a woman’s body.”




Rupture by Adrie Rose

Gold Line Press | 2024

According to Courtney Faye Taylor, this debut chapbook is “a study of longing—how it settles in the body and breath of a mother, how it wrecks and reconciles her future.”




A Field of Foundlings by Iryna Starovoyt

Translated from the Ukrainian by Grace Mahoney

Lost Horse Press | 2017

In this collection of her selected poems, Starovoyt “investigates Ukraine’s suppressed generational memory of the 20th century and the new context of its retelling in Eastern Europe.”




When My Mother Is Most Beautiful by Rebecca Suzuki

Hanging Loose Press | 2023

According to Jane Wong, this poetry collection “is a tender love letter, a cosmology of identity, and a bouquet of elegiac questions across time and space.”




How to Live on Bread and Music by Jennifer K. Sweeney

Perugia Press | 2009

This poetry collection “takes us on a physical and spiritual trip, symbolized in recurring images of the train.”




Because I Love You I Become War by Eileen R. Tabios

Marsh Hawk Press | 2023

According to E. San Juan, Jr., this collection of poems and prose “weaves the semiotic subtleties of icon, index, and symbol into epiphanies and discoveries that are, indeed, new additions to our world as we know it so far.”




Gaze Back by Marilyn Tan

Georgia Review Books | 2022

This debut poetry collection is “an instruction book, a grimoire, a call to insurrection to wrest power back from the social structures that serve to restrict, control, and distribute it among those few privileged above the disenfranchised.”




Bedroom Vowel by Zoe Tuck

Bunny Presse | 2023

This poetry collection features “lyric love letters to friends and musings on daily desire, nostalgia, and thirst for connection.”




Kaan and Her Sisters by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

Trio House Press | 2023

This poetry collection “illuminates the work of grief and survival, the sordid legacies of official historical record and the liberatory practice of intimate narration.”




Wilder Centuries by Yael Veitz

Fifth Wheel Press | 2022

This poetry chapbook “scatters across a vast, dreamlike, and oddly familiar universe through the narrator’s journey into processing and self-reflection.”




Awaiting by Charisse Pearlina Weston

Ugly Duckling Presse | 2023

“Part autobiography, part play, part fictive dream as long poem,” Awaiting “begins by detaching phrases and motifs from two seemingly disparate plays (Lorraine Hansberry’s What Use Are Flowers? and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot).”




Lit Mags

Al-Nar Street” by Zeinab Belail

Translated from the Arabic by Nesrin Amin

Words Without Borders | 2020

This novel excerpt begins, “Al-Nar Street is one of the longest streets that any of the city’s residents has ever set foot in. Long and winding, it starts in the east and ends in the west, as if rising and setting with the sun.”




August, Rue Daguerre” by Lindsay Bernal

Full Bleed | 2023

Written after the Joan Mitchell painting of the same name, this poem begins, “Say you’re / walking in circles in soggy espadrilles, / your raincoat with the broken zipper insufficient / against this weather, its inconvenience.”




An Old Film on TV at the Reunion of the Fifinellas” by Ann Darr

Passager | 2023

This poem begins, “I watch the girl, / Hair flying, / Leap onto the wing / Of an AT6. / I know who she is, / I have made that leap.”




Brides in the Sky” by Cary Holladay

The Hudson Review | 2018

This short story begins, “In March 1854, Kate and Olivia Christopher lost their parents to illness and inherited the family farm in Augusta County, Virginia.”




this ring i (opal)” by Crystal Odelle

manywor(l)ds | 2023

This poem begins, “a 10-year- / old / believes / a girl / fits / a fist / of rings / i spilled / mom’s jewelry / box…”




To the Women I Watched Kiss” by Elisabeth Plumlee-Watson

Off Assignment | 2023

This essay begins, “Were you already walking around Paris together that Saturday afternoon as my train pulled into the Gare du Nord? Or were you locked away from the rain somewhere, lost in the vastness of loving each other?”




Juking Highlights of Barry Sanders” by Mindela Ruby

Terrain.org | 2023

This essay begins, “Urological pathogens are infiltrating headlines, entertainment, and me.”




The First Female Rab­bi Was Not Who You’d Expect” by Sigal Samuel

PB Daily | 2021

This essay begins, “When I was a pre­teen girl, I had a secret dream of becom­ing a rab­bi.”




Tongue-Twisted” by Beatriz Seelaender

L’Esprit Literary Review | 2023

This essay begins, “I am at the English school, summoning the goddesses of patience, explaining Chomsky’s Generativist Grammar to a child’s parents.”




Like This” by Linda K. Sienkiewicz

Apple Valley Review | 2021

This poem begins, “Halfway to yoga class I realize I forgot / my mat so I turn the car around / and head home for it.”





Sinister Wisdom | 2023

Issue 128 celebrates “writers and artists who trouble gender,” exploring questions like, “What perspectives do trans lives bring to the field of feminist thought and practice? What does it mean to hold a conversation about being trans? What does it mean to be a part of that conversation?”




Enlightenment” by Natasha Trethewey

Artemis Journal | 2024

This poem begins, “In the portrait of Jefferson that hangs / at Monticello, he is rendered two-toned: / his forehead white with illumination —”




Making Chile Rellenos for White People” by Diana Valenzuela

Another Chicago Magazine | 2020

This poem begins, “Ingredients / 10 of those long ass chile peppers. What’re they called? Hatch? Poblano? You’re not sure. Whatever. Just look for the right kind.”




Logo of ANMLY with the text in black inside a twisted mobius shape colored in with multicolored patches, against a pale purple background.Yuri Kochiyama Told Me the Secret” by Ella Wang

ANMLY | 2023

This poem begins, “Rumors of our disunity have been greatly exaggerated. / I don’t know a single one of my girls who wouldn’t / do the work for those we love before our own.”




Wallpaper-like pattern of blue and green and white flowers and leaves with "Yugen Quest Review" in white text.What Does the World Need?

Yugen Quest Review | 2024

This special issue for Women’s History Month features poetry by Ambika Talwar, Baisali Chatterjee Dutt, Lily Swarn, Anita Panda, and more.




Cover of the Summer 2023 issue of Kenyon Review, featuring vertical text in the upper right corner reading "Women's Health Folio" and "Nature's Nature Guest Edited by David Baker." Featuring cover art by Tawny Chatmon of a Black woman with a child.Women’s Health

The Kenyon Review | 2023

Published in the Summer 2023 issue, this folio includes poetry by Lynne Thompson, Felicia Zamora, and Cindy Juyoung Ok; fiction by Emma Binder and Kabi Hartman; and nonfiction by Susannah Nevison and Sophie Strohmeier.