Hedgebrook is a retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island in Washington State. Hedgebrook believes in the power of radical hospitality -- if you feed and nurture a writer's body, mind and spirit, and provide a quiet place where she can settle into the stillness or her soul -- she will write to the core of her truth.
A day of writing at Hedgebrook ends in the farmhouse kitchen -- where writers share a meal, their writing, their stories, and the breakthroughs and roadblocks in their writing process. Over 1000 women have come to Hedgebrook since their founding in 1988, from across the U.S. and as far away as Zimbabwe, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and India.
At Whit Press we believe that assuring a place for women poets and storytellers to publish their work is an act of hope in action. It is grounded in the certainty that the written word transcends barriers of culture, race, and class and intimately connects us to one another's lives -- as individuals, as communities, and as a planet.
Both Whit Press and Hedgebrook are committed to connecting women writers with audiences worldwide. This book series is a physical manifestation of that vision.
Whit Press and Hedgebrook shall select one manuscript of exceptional merit and promise annually. This series will be curated by Whit Press and Hedgebrook Alumna with the intention of creating a first-quality book that will assist women writers gain recognition and audience for their vital work. We are not accepting open submissions at this time.
Whit Press and Hedgebrook have initiated this series in 2006 with a collection of poetry entitled Flowers Blooming Against a Bruised Gray Sky by Uchechi Kalu. Ms. Kalu is a Nigerian born poet and performer who currently resides in Oakland, California. She was a student and friend of June Jordan and her work reflects that dynamic influence. Her poems have been heard on National Public Radio and she has published her work in several literary journals and anthologies.
Our second book in this series, is from the spectacular LA based poet Ruth Forman. Her new collection, Becoming, will be released in 2008. Ruth's poems have been described as "alive and kicking; they pound and pulse with a hard-won sense of self, beauty, femininity, strength and righteous indignation."