Earth's Daughters

Earth's Daughters

Feminist literary magazines

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About Earth's Daughters

Earth's Daughters is a feminist literary and arts periodical published in Buffalo, N.Y. We believe E.D. to be the oldest extant feminist arts periodical, having been published continuously since 1971.

We strive to continue our mission of bringing attention to the importance of women's writing. Unfortunately,  as publishing grants have diminished,  so has our funding.  We have created this Patreon account to allow our supporters to help us to keep publishing this magazine.

We love and appreciate all of our subscribers and are hopeful that Patreon will allow us to continue serving women writers of the world in the way they deserve.

The current collective is a group of the following six women writers:
Kastle Brill
Jennifer Campbell
Joan Ford
Joyce Kessel
Janna Willoughby-Lohr
Ryki Zuckerman

Here is a bit about the history of Earth's Daughters and where we hope to go in the future. 

Although E.D. does publish work by men, our focus is the experience and creative expression of women, and from all contributors we require technical skill and artistic intensity, as evidenced in the work we have published by Denise Levertov, Lyn Lifshin, Marge Piercy, Diane diPrima, Janine Pommy Vega, Susan Fantl Spivack, and the list goes on. We also publish many "unknown" poets, writers and artists, and therefore welcome submissions from new writers.

Earth's Daughters has lived long enough to have developed a mythos. Part of that mythos is that if Earth's Daughters has a mother, that mother is Judith Kerman. Kerman gave the magazine its name, inspired by Emma Goldman's "Mother Earth." This is the root of hence the tree logo, designed by co-founder Judith Treible. (Among ourselves the mag is really E.D. - Ee Dee, not Ed.) Both the name and the logo have been problematic from the beginning. E.D. has gotten hate mail from people who thought we were pagans, and love mail from pagans. We got reports on the status of pigs in Iowa and a lot of bad nature poetry, bad drawings of trees and drawings of women that looked like trees.

In the beginning there were three; these three editors changed, but stayed three until after issue #5-6. At that point, Judy Kerman, Lillian Robinson, and Elaine Rollwagen had each reached personal crossroads. The magazine was in stasis; none of the three wanted E.D. to die, but none could maintain it alone. Judy Kerman called a meeting of the female minds: past contributors, women involved in other publications, faculty women, women artists. She proposed that they take over E.D., and run it as a collective. They did, and we have maintained our identity as a collective ever since. Although individuals in the collective have changed as much as the magazine's format, one of the current editors was present at that original meeting. It's a miracle that a collective has survived this long, and that it functions so beautifully and audaciously. We never let our quality be diminished by the collective process.
Maybe it's because we're women, but it seems to us that the writing - and the clichés - cycle. Every few years, there's a flood of manuscripts pertaining to some theme, regardless of the assigned topic. We were buried in thousands of women's Houses, most of which had dust motes dancing in the air. Mothers and Daughters brought hordes of "strong thighs"; for the Political Issue, we had lots of "viable candidates" and even more "second-rate wannabes." Eye of the Beholder delivered so many nature poems - and corrupt-nature poems - that we decided to do an "Ecology" issue called Lost in the Woods, for which we received too many "my-love-is-like-a flower" poems, which was not what we meant at all.

The wonderful thing is, we got great stuff, too. Many of E.D.s unknowns have become known. Many of our glorious writers have not, but deserve fame. The magazine celebrates them all, and celebrates our collective efforts to keep it going.

We are now editing issue #91, Lines. Our hope is to collect submissions for issue #92, She Persisted, in 2018 and eventually publish until at least issue #100.

That idea of our persistence is being threatened by funding issues, so as you may suspect, this will be a plea for your help. Grants have dried up, printing prices and postage keep going up and our subscriber list needs new blood.

This is a labor of love for the six of us and we have managed to put out quality work for 46 years and we don’t want to quit yet. This is part of our mission.

To subscribe without becoming a monthly Patreon backer you can send $28 through Paypal to [email protected] ($1 goes to cover paypal fees) or send a $27 check payable to Earth's Daughters along with your current mailing address to:
P.O. Box 41
$34.55 of $100 per month
 This is our base goal, it will allow us to keep our PO Box,  publish one issue per year (including layout and printing) as well as shipping the issue to our subscribers.
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