Support CWILA

The Canadian Women in Literary Arts (CWILA) – of which I’m proudly a member – is kicking off its fundraising for this year’s count and they’re looking for your help.

From CWILA:

Right now, we don’t have enough funds to administer our Count for 2012, but your financial support can make the difference.  Please spread the word.

Who we are

CWILA is a non-profit group of 350 writers, critics, visual artists and academics devoted to working for better, more equitable critical culture in Can Lit. Alongside our work in feminism and the literary arts, CWILA members are active in arts curation and advocacy, environmentalism, queer rights, indigenous rights, and other political issues.  We are in the process of incorporating federally as a non-profit and applying for charitable status.

Do you know of anyone whose work and values align with CWILA’s? Please encourage them to join and support us.

Our organization has three main goals: 1) to track statistics on gender representation in reviewing; 2) to bring relevant issues of gender, race and sexuality into our national literary conversation; and 3) and to create a network supportive of the active careers of female writers, critics and their literary communities.

Our major projects

Our major projects include the annual count, the Critic-in-Residence program, interviews with women in Can Lit, a forthcoming program designed to connect critics with under-recognized books published by small-press publishers, and a national conference on critical culture to be held at UBC in the fall (funding dependent).  We have received a small grant from the Institute for Gender, Race, and Social Justice (GRSJ) at UBC to create a research network but we still need your help.

Our impact

On June 13, 2012, we published our findings at www.cwila.com and within 24 hours the website went viral, with over 8,000 unique visitors in the first month, traffic coming from around the globe and media coverage in national and international newspapers, including The Guardian, The Globe and Mail and The Montreal Gazette. The site also received commentary from online sources, foundations and organizations like The Canadian Encyclopedia Blog, Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory, and The Poetry Foundation, and from literary journals such as The Capilano Review, Room, Jacket2, LEMON HOUND and Quill & Quire.

While all of that media attention has been helpful, what really matters is that we’ve heard from writers, editors, publishers, scholars, critics, arts administrators and artists from across the country that CWILA has made a difference. And we’ll be able to measure more of that difference when we produce the Count for 2012 with your help.

Please support our organization by either sending us a cheque made out to CWILA OR by clicking on the link below to give on-line:  www.cwila.com.

Thanks for your support!

Be sure to pop over to www.cwila.com to find out more about the awesome work CWILA is doing. And don’t forget to help them out with a donation if you can! Thank you!

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