10 Essential Authors to Celebrate During Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time dedicated to remember, honor, and encourage the contributions of women throughout the past and present. So, let’s celebrate these remarkable contemporary thinkers who will be lauded for years to come. Here are 10 women writers with new or forthcoming books you should know for 2022’s Women History Month and beyond. Happy reading!


amia srinivasan

FSG

The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century

Srinivasan is a UK-based scholar, professor, author, and feminist thinker. Her work de ella has appeared in New York Times, The New Yorkerand Harper’s, among other outlets. In The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century, Srinivasan is not only insightful but also distills complex ideas of feminist theory and the sociological context in which they develop and exist. Srinivasan dives into what it means to examine sex as both an act and a category, and through the lens of feminism she writes about the multifaceted worlds of gender, history, and capitalism. A delicate balance of dense information and striking, luminous writing, The Right to Sex is an essential addition to feminist nonfiction.

Melissa Phoebus

WhipSmart, abandon me, boyhoodand Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative

Catapult

Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative

Febos has made a name for herself in the world of essay writing. She skillfully blends memoir with historical and contemporary research, philosophy, and psychology without sacrificing style. From sex work to addiction, from cuddle parties to soccer games, from grappling with the word “trauma” to observing and reckoning with a range of corporeal realities, Febos makes a compelling case for the transformative power of language and storytelling. Her newest book of her, Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrativeis sure to be another hit.

Quan Barry

She Weeps Each Time You’re Born, We Ride Upon Sticks, When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the Eastand multiple poetry collections

PantheonBooks

When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East

Barry seems to fly just under the radar of highly publicized writers, but her work is fantastic and deserves more attention. Born in Saigon and raised in Danvers, Massachusetts, Barry is a decorated poet and fiction writer who has, among other things, served as a cultural ambassador from the US to Southeast Asia and is one of only a select group of writers to receive NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction. Her de ella three novels de ella span time and space from 1970s Vietnam to 1980s Massachusetts to — in her new novel de ella, When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East — the deserts of Mongolia and China. Her writing by her is expansive, imaginative, and utterly immersive.

Jane Wong

Overpour, How to Not Be Afraid of Everything. her debut memoir, Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic Cityis scheduled to be published in 2023.

Alice James Books

How to Not Be Afraid of Everything

Wong is the recipient of dozens of prizes and fellowships, including the Kundiman fellowship, and her poetry is luscious, exploring food, ghosts, family, storytelling, nourishment, and more. She is also a visual artist, with a memoir forthcoming — there’s not much Wong can’t do.

Imani Perry

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, Breathe: A Letter to My Sons, and South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation

Ecco Press

South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation

Looking for Lorraine catapulted Perry to mainstream literary fame, and it remains one of the best biographies out there. It tells the story of Lorraine Hansberry, a woman who was known in the whitewashed Christian mainstream mostly for her play A Raisin in the Sun, but whose work in her all-too-brief life touched on everything from a broad swath of art to international radical political movements. Likewise, Ella’s Perry’s work is expansive and nuanced, and her Ella’s latest book, South to America, capture this beautifully. Perry is a preeminent contemporary thinker in her field and is currently the Hughes-Rogers professor of African American studies at Princeton University.

louis lim

The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited and Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong

Riverhead Books

Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong

Lim is a longtime correspondent for the BBC and NPR, covering China and Hong Kong. Her work de ella has appeared in New York Times and Washington Post, among others, and her first book was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the Helen Bernstein Award. In her new book of her, Indelible City, Lim uses her experience as a reporter who is also half-Chinese, half-English, and raised in Hong Kong to tell the often-erased story of a place, people, and history. Her deeply researched account of the history of Hong Kong touches on power, identity, loss, and claim.

Pyae Moe Thet War

Catapult

You’ve Changed: Fake Accents, Feminism, and Other Comedies from Myanmar

War is a writer and digital-media editor who was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar, where she also currently lives after a time spent living in the US In this debut book, readers are gifted a funny, insightful, and beautifully written collection of essays about womanhood in contemporary Myanmar from the lens of someone who inhabits multiple identities as both a Western-educated and native Myanmar woman. She grapples with this through writing about swimming, romance, baking, accents, passports, and ideas of home. A must for your bookshelf, War’s collection is incisive and exciting.

Kali Fajardo Anstine

Sabrina & Corina, Woman of Light

OneWorld

With her debut short-story collection, Sabrina & Corina, which captures full and complex Latina characters of Indigenous ancestry in Colorado, Fajardo-Anstine made a name for herself, landing on finalist lists for several awards and eventually winning the American Book Award. Her forthcoming novel of her, Woman of Light, is a multigenerational story about the Lopez family, an Indigenous Chicano family in the Denver area. The book centers mainly on Luz, a tea-leaf reader and laundress in the 1930s. Fajardo-Anstine’s storytelling is absolutely engrossing.

Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe

Counter Point LLC

Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk

In her debut memoir, LaPointe recounts the interconnected stories of her life and the lives of some of her ancestors as Coast Salish women living in different time periods on their ancestral lands. These simultaneous threads capture resilience, trauma, love, healing, and connection. LaPointe is a writer from the Nooksack and Upper Skagit Indian tribes. She received a double MFA in creative nonfiction and poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and her work by her is definitely something to be watched.

elsa sjunneson

S&s/Simon Element

Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism

Sjunneson is well established in the worlds of fantasy fiction and game writing as both a writer and editor. She’s been a finalist for multiple awards, and she won a Hugo Award for her work as an editor. But her debut memoir of her, Being Seen, is a fantastically insightful and humorous book that simultaneously debunks insidious common ableism while making room for learning and unlearning. She imagines a better, more accessible world not just on a representational level but with concrete policy. Sjunneson’s voice shines, and her work de ella is a wonderful example of the power in focusing on accessibility in language and in life.


Sarah Neilson is a freelance writer. They can be found on Twitter @sarahmariewrote.

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