Portfolio: Portraits of Visionaries

With this work I aim to facilitate meaningful encounters with these women and shed light on historical antecedents reverberating in our present cultural and political moment.

Poetry

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Susie Marshall Sharp: It’s Not Just the Woman Thing

So unimaginable was a female judge that one newspaper reporter assigned to cover her first term of court in his county, despite knowing that the judge’s name was Susie, declared he was...

Kicking Ass

Lucille Richardson Eubanks had bright auburn hair that complemented her creamy freckled skin. She drove fast with the fervor and speed of a Formula One racer, wore smart dresses with high...

Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America

Overtaken by emotionally charged memories and hungering for new ways of blending advocacy and scholarship, she began filling her notebooks not only with the fruits of her research but also...

Sojourner: Daughter of Eden

Women sing purple songs now, forever to themselves Ain’t I a Woman?

Elizabeth Catlett and the Black Female Gaze

Affirming the history of Black women in the arts and declaring that Black women “demand” to have their visualizations of identity recognized as their particular truths, Catlett confirms...

But That Isn’t the Whole Story

While we commemorate the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, let us remember the women not enfranchised in 1920, especially in the South. Black women, Native women, immigrant women,...

Marie Junaluska

“What is it about this place? Well, this is the land. Where our ancestors were. Where I was born. This is home. We are totally blessed to live in a place like this. There is no other...

Remembering Elizabeth Spencer

Less dramatically, but not infrequently, women in other stories slip away. It’s an impulse for negotiating an impasse, for opening up a safe imaginative space, a way out, perhaps a new...

Dreams of Home

This time, I found myself peeling back layer after layer as I came to understand what this book was most about at its heart. It’s certainly about solving a mystery. It’s about place,...

Summer 2020

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” 19th Amendment, U.S. Constitution

One hundred years ago today, on August 18, 1920, women across the nation gained the right to vote. After nearly a century of advocacy and campaigning, suffragists finally secured the franchise for individuals who were eager to exercise their political voices. The Summer issue of South Writ Large commemorates this important historical moment through literature, poetry, and art that honor diverse women and their valuable contributions to American life.