Memories Flow in Our Veins


Forty Years of Women’s Writing from CALYX

Edited by the CALYX Editorial Collective

In collaboration with Ooligan Press

Memories Flow in Our Veins commemorates the CALYX legacy and their contribution to the landscape of literature, while exploring the perennial themes of place and politics, aging and caregiving, and discovery and self-reckoning.

Featuring poetry and fiction by some of the most renowned and decorated women writers of the past four decades including Ursula K. LeGuin, Alicia Ostriker, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Barbara Kingsolver, Memories Flow In Our Veins is a triumphant showcase of the work published by CALYX Press through the years.

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“Touching, haunting, funny, and transformative: the stories collected in Memories Flow in Our Veins capture women’s–that is to say humans’ – experiences in their complexity, power, and beauty. The anthology illustrates why CALYX Press has been a leader in literary publishing for over thirty years.” — Karelia Stetz-Waters, Author of Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before

“By what sorcery or alchemy did CALYX distill 40 years of pioneering feminist literature into this slim, absorbing volume? It’s like an enchanting magic trick: here is the diversity of writers, voices, viewpoints, styles, and themes CALYX Journal has long been known for, including work by Ursula K. LeGuin, Alicia Ostriker, Jean Hegland, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Barbara Kingsolver, and Chistra Banerjee Divakaruni. Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of feminist thought.” — Amanda Fortini, “The Feminist Reawakening,” Best American Political Writing 2008.

“If the best anthologies are a patchwork of pieces that each say something unique but are threaded together with careful cohesion, this collection from CALYX succeeds enormously. Poems, essays, and works of short fiction collected throughout 40 years of this feminist press feature distinct voices – some who’ve gone on to illustrious careers, others whose work makes readers want to search out their back catalogs – telling stories as varied as their tellers. This anthology strikes a strong balance between personal and political with early works from Barbara Kingsolver and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, tales about the body, and stories of the diaspora. No book could be a comprehensive universal representation of women’s voices, but this one is certainly a richly woven and deeply satisfying tapestry of women’s work.” — BUST Magazine.


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