The mission of WiVLA is to provide an inspiring forum for women to explore and advance their creative development, to promote their work in the marketplace, and to infuse the community with their spirit of cooperation and invention.
March is the month of expectation, the things we do not know --
Emily Dickinson
    March 2014                    


Calendar of Events

Monday, March 10 at 6 p.m.
WiVLA Board Meeting  
Sosa Community Center
1414 Wirt Road
Houston, TX77055 
Tuesday, March 18 at 6 p.m.
WiVLA Membership Meeting 
Speaker:  Artist and Writer Laura Lark
Museum of Printing History
1324 West Clay
For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLAcalendar online.
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In This Issue

~ Picture from the Past

~ WiVLA News:  Stay informed.  Get involved.

~ Lit Bits:  A new feature on genre literature.

~ Announcements:  Who's doing what?

~ Review:  Elizabeth Gregory and Susana Monteverde

~ Calls for Entry:  More opportunities than ever!

~ Quick Links:  Connect with the Houston arts

Picture from the Past

Leigh Owen at the WiVLA Member Social, Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum, March 13, 2011.  If you have a photo that you would like to submit to Voices, please email it, along with an informative caption, to  We'd love to print it in our next issue!

Picture from the Past

WiVLA Member Retreat, Northwest Forest Conference Center, 2010.  Pictured from left to right:  Paricia Barry Rumble, Rona Lesser, Kathleen Merritt, Diana Weeks, Cori Austin, Anna Phillips, Jeanne Haner, Lane Devereaux, Pat Morgan, unidentified.

A Note from Your President

Regards WiVLA women,
Let me ask this question:  What are the benefits of being a WiVLA member?

There are so many answers to this question.  The most beneficial assets of being within our group are the mentoring and networking opportunities with like-minded creative women, both experienced and emerging.  Our presentations with diverse speakers have encouraged us in many ways.  We have had a sculptor, forensic artist, script writer, poet laureate, an Oprah-chosen writer, and other talented women who have helped spark our imaginations.  We honor creativity by offering scholarships and grants.  Our 2013 scholarship winner is now a candidate for the prestigious Huntington Prize.  We are so proud to call Cary Reeder a WiVLA member. 

Our monthly newsletter keeps us up to date on many important opportunities and newsworthy information to help assist in our progress.  Exhibitions at museums and galleries are another outlet to showcase our unique abilities. 

A crucial ingredient for us at this time is enthusiasm.  Make a commitment to grow and create with us! Help nourish our group with your participation.  Find those things you want to get excited about and learn all you can with our support.  "Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together."

I look forward to your support.
Yours in continued exploration.

Contribute toVoices

Are you participating in an exhibit or a reading?  Do you know of a cultural event that would be of interest to fellow WiVLA members?  Have you sold a sculpture or published a poem?  Let us know in our monthly newsletter. 

Posting an announcement in  the newsletter is your foremost method of reaching every WiVLA writer and artist.  MakeVoices a part of your networking effort. 

The deadline for contributing to Voices is the twentieth of each month.  Simply send your contribution  We'll do our best to include your announcement!

WiVLA Welcomes Spring!

A Memorable March Event: 
Renaissance genius Michelangelo was born in Caprese, Italy, on March 6, 1475, over 500 years ago.  He lived to the ripe old age of 88!

I've Been Thinking

Dear readers,

I've been thinking about television.

I happen to love television:  low-brow serials and sitcoms, high-brow mini-series, cable networks, major broadcast networks, morning news, evening news, 24-hour news.  And commercials. 

Commercials are great.  Most folks regard them as opportunities for a bathroom break.  I study commercials with Ogilvy on Advertising as my standard:  "It isn't creative unless it sells."  

My interest in TV goes back to my childhood, of course.  My weekday viewing was restricted during the school year.  Off-limits, really.  Homework came first, and if I claimed that watching a particular program -- like, oh, say, The Mod Squad -- was actually a social studies assignment, my parents viewed me with skepticism and stopped just short of calling my teacher (who lived across the street -- as Peggy Lipton might say, a real drag). 

But then there were sick days, and the rules were modified.  Home from school, feverish, spotted, swollen, dehydrated, achy and sad, I was relegated to bed and surrounded by books.  Through the Looking Glass, Little Women, my mother's copy of Peer Gynt(what was I thinking?), Archie, Betty, and Veronica.  I read and read until my fever broke, falling in and out of sleep, memorizing verse like "Jabberwocky" and wishing I were Jo.  Or maybe Veronica. 

When I was feeling a bit better, though, I was allowed to wrap myself up in a scratchy old Army-issue blanket (my dad's from WWII) and migrate to the sofa in the den, where my mom turned on the TV set.  There was no remote, so whatever channel she preferred at that particular moment was where it stayed for the next few, glorious hours.  I watched game shows (To Tell the Truth andThe Price is Right), "stories" (The Secret Storm, The Edge of Night), talk shows (Merv Griffin and Dinah Shore), and plenty of sincere commercials (Her: What can I do? I can't change my family!  Him: True, but youcan change your floor wax!).

To be sure, I have always read more than I ever watched TV.  But I've learned a lot from television, just as I've learned a lot from reading.  For one thing, I learned to distinguish between quality programming and junk programming.  And what I learned from watching commercials I would later carry into a job in cable network advertising.  My point is, I don't think I'm a snob when it comes to television. 

Or maybe I am.  Last Sunday, I was watching my favorite program, CBS Sunday Morning, when I realized why I like television so much.  That morning, correspondent Bill Flanagan groused about the inappropriate use of the pronoun "I" instead of "me" in the objective case.  It was a moment rife with passion and purpose.  "Tell 'em, Bill," I mumbled to the flat-screen.  My husband turned to me and said, "You do realize, don't you, that he's not reaching his target audience?  I mean, don't you think the worst offenders are probably still asleep?  Or watching something else right now?  Maybe eating bacon?"  (That last part was clearly a hint -- the man was hungry.)

If you care to view Flanagan's rant, here's the link:

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

A happy March to you (and me),
Cathy Lachin

WiVLA News

Laura Lark to be Guest Speaker in March

You are cordially invited to attend our membership meeting on Tuesday, March 18, featuring artist and writer Laura Lark. According to, Lark "earned an MFA in Painting, an M.A. in Creative Writing / Literature and a B.A. in English and American Literature from the University of Houston. [She] explains her work by saying, “As an artist and writer, I find that with each body of work I am trying to create a personal narrative. Large, obsessive works reflect memories of teenage angst, ennui, and loneliness; a hand drawn ground of psychedelic patterns—memories of fabrics and posters from my youth—surrounds isolated figures. And figures in some works, although based on personal photos or magazines that my mother used to thumb through, become facets of my persona, both real and imagined: the entitled white suburbanite; the whiny victim; the bold, independent outsider/warrior; the accident-prone geek; and the empty woman who does nothing but stuff her face, only seeking comfort.”

Lark's work has been viewed internationally in solo exhibits in both nonprofit and private galleries.  Join us for what promises to be an entertaining evening.  Feel free to bring a guest -- we're a friendly group! 

The VCR Show:  Vision. Collaboration. Retrospection.
A Twentieth Anniversary Celebration   


Although the Twentieth Anniversary Planning Committee has yet to secure an appropriate venue for The VCR Show, we feel confident that the perfect home for this special show will soon be found.  In the meantime, please use the following information in order to help you plan your entry or entries.  Any questions you have may be directed to Cathy Lachin
Call for Entry:
  • WiVLA invites women to submit pieces for consideration in a curated art and literary exhibit celebrating the organization's twentieth anniversary. Venue and dates TBA.
  • You must be/become a current WiVLA member in order to respond to this call for entry.
  • See other eligibility requirements below.
  • The theme of the anniversary show is The VCR Show:  Vision. Collaboration. Retrospection. 
  • Vision:  These will be new, previously unshown 2D and 3D pieces by current members.
  • Collaboration:  These will be new collaborative (writer/writer, writer/artist, artist/artist) pieces by current members.  Visual pieces may be 2D or 3D.  Significant collaborative pieces previously exhibited at WiVLA shows may also be submitted for consideration.  If your collaborator from a previous show cannot or prefers not to participate, you may submit your piece singularly in the "Retrospection" category.
  • Retrospection:  These will be significant 2D or 3D pieces by current members previously exhibited at WiVLA shows. 
  • Literary Offerings:  These will be new, previously unpublished works by current members, excerpts from which will be printed and displayed in the gallery.  Excerpts will be determined by the literary curator. 
Bio, Visual Curator Kellye Sanford:
Multi-disciplinary visual artist and graphic designer Kellye Sanford works in a range of media, from painting, printmaking and sculpture, to photography, digital imagery and book arts. Her work has been exhibited in gallery, university and museum settings and has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers, and on websites, television and billboards.


Sanford is the president of the artist board and past chairman of the executive board of DiverseWorks ArtSpace,Houston's contemporary art center dedicated to commissioning new visual, performing and literary art.


She is also program manager for communications design at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She has served as a designer and consultant for Baylor College of Medicine, The Women's Fund for Health Education and Research, Rice University, and Houston Public Library Foundation. Before joining MD Anderson she worked as a designer, illustrator and photo stylist for the Houston Chronicle, where she specialized in upscale fashion, lifestyle and features.


As a freelance book designer specializing in literary fiction and poetry, Sanford has completed more than 60 book projects for more than 15 publishers, including Texas A&M University Press, SMU Press, Book Club of Texas, and DeGolyer Library.


She has received awards from the international Society for News Design, Associated Press, International Newspaper and Marketing Executives, University and College Design Association, Public Relations Society of America and others.


Sanford served as WIVLA's sixth president for two terms, during which the organization celebrated its tenth anniversary. She served on the advisory board its inaugural year.


Bio, Literary Curator Karleen Koen:
Karleen Koen is the author of four novels.  The most recent, Before Versailles, was included among the best historical fiction of 2011 by The Library Journal and RT Book Reviews. Other novels are:  NY Times best-selling Through a Glass Darkly, Now Face to Face, and Dark Angels, an Indie Next bestseller.
Her books have been Book-of-the-Month Club and Doubleday Club selections as well as Book Sense picks, Border's New and Notable, and The Historical Novel Society Editors' Choices.
They have been published by Random House, Crown Publishing, Avon Books, Kensington Books, Sourcebooks, Three Rivers Press, Books on Tape, Random House Audio, and Brilliance Bookcassette, as well as published in other countries.


Koen is an experienced and award-winning magazine editor and writer/editor and also the cofounder of Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA) in Houston.  She was a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Writing Fellow Summer 2011.


Fees for submissions:
  • $20 for one entry, literary or visual
  • $35 for two entries, literary or visual, or one of each
  • $40 for three entries, any combination of literary and/or visual
Submission requirements:
  • Online submissions of entries and of jpg images (300 dpi) are required.  File name shall be title of piece.  No mail-in or in-person submissions will be accepted. 
  • 3-D installations must include two views of each piece. Size restrictions will be determined once venue is secured.
  • 2-D art must be wrapped canvases or framed pieces, installation ready.  Size restrictions will be determined once venue is secured.
  • Each literary piece must be submitted as a pdf file, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point.  File name shall be title of piece.  Each piece must be fewer than 720 words.   
Art Work:
  • All 2-D works must be wired for hanging.
  • Artists with 3-D pieces must supply their own pedestals.
  • All works must remain on display for the entirety of the show.
  • All works must have a label on the back or underside with artist's name and contact information, title of work, and medium or media employed.
  • All work must be original, the sole work of the artist(s), and completed without supervision.
  • The curator's decisions are final.  The curator reserves the right to exclude specific pieces if the content is considered inappropriate for the exhibit or venue or if they are not properly prepared.
  • Titles cannot be changed.
  • Entry fees are NOT refundable.
Board Opportunities:  Lend Your Voice!
The Board of Directors is actively seeking candidates for the following board positions:  Literary Co-Chair; Historian; Communications Chair.  Any interested party must be current on her WiVLA dues and must have been a member for at least oneyear.  The board meets on the second Monday of each month, excluding December, at 6:00 p.m., at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center on Wirt Road.  Our gatherings are friendly and lively, creative and insightful, energizing and productive.  If your talents and skills lend themselves to one of these positions, please contact any of the board members listed below.  Serving on the board is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other WiVLA members and to contribute to the organization in a meaningful way.  Let us hear from you!

Venue Suggestions
Please remember that any suggestions for venues for future shows or markets are always welcome.  WiVLA would like to continue to establish relationships with gallery directors and business owners throughout the greater Houston area.  If you think you can help extend our artistic reach, feel free to contact any of the board members listed below.  Thank you! 
Sketchbook Gathering
6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. 


Join your WiVLA friends as we sketch, journal, paint, etc., in our sketchbooks. The gatherings thus far have been fun, relaxing, informative, inspiring, fruitful, thoughtful, humorous, generous, safe, adventurous, supportive . . .


Please join us Monday the 3rd.  If you choose to work in your sketchbook, that's fine.  If you want to use a different sketchbook or create on plain, separate papers, by all means, bring those.


If you'd like to work toward a completed sketchbook to submit to the Sketchbook Project, we will be happy to supply you with information regarding that.  Here's a helpful link:


According to their website, "The Sketchbook Project is a global, crowd-sourced art project and interactive, traveling exhibition of handmade books. [Their] mission is to allow anyone to be able to participate in art and to create a collection of work that represents the current state of artists worldwide."


AND DON'T EVEN SAY, "BUT, I'M NOT AN ARTIST."  Because we have people from all kinds of backgrounds in our community -- poets, novelists, essayists, painters, sculptors, photographers.   We use the word "sketchbook" as a loose term for a record of our experimentation in creativity. Join tens of thousands of people in this global, traveling art library.


Just bring your supplies and a willingness to have fun breathing artsy air. We always come away with smiles on our faces.  Se y'all on the road!  


Gift Baskets in the Works for Twentieth Anniversary Celebration! 
Wouldn't you love to own a piece of a fellow WiVLA member's work?  Or have a truly unique opportunity to promote your own creations? WiVLA's Twentieth Anniversary Planning Committee is pleased to announce its plans to create dazzling, art-centric gift baskets to be raffled off during our celebration in the Spring of 2014.  Details about ticket sales will be forthcoming, but, in the meantime, we are soliciting donations from our talented membership in order to fill the baskets.  Be imaginative -- any piece of your own creation is welcome, including 2D and 3D work in your choice of medium or media, photographs, books, altered books, chapbooks, framed or unframed pieces.  Zita Giraldo has offered to lend her boundless talent to assembling the baskets (we plan to offer three -- small, medium, and large), so they are sure to be lovely.

You may bring any contributions to the WiVLA general meetings -- Cathy Lachin will happily collect them.  Gift baskets have been both highly coveted and immensely successful in the past, so scour your studios, ladies, for the perfect piece(s) to donate! 

For Sale:  WiVLA Tote Bags

Black cloth bags, imprinted with the WiVLA logo in white, will be for sale at every meeting.  Be sure to get one - they're excellent library bags, mini grocery or shopping bags, perfect for packing sketchbook supplies so every tool will be handy when you go out sketching.  There are a multitude of ways to use them, and they're a bargain at $12 each.  Flaunt your WiVLA pride -- get one soon!
Art Supply Announces 7th Annual Methods and Materials Art Expo
Friday, March 7  9am - 6pm and Saturday, March 8  9am - 5pm
The Art Supply gang is excited and preparing to make our 7th Annual Art Supply Art Expo our biggest and best one to date.
Join us for workshops and seminars, meet the manufacturers, see demos, try new products, enjoy sale prices! DOOR PRIZES drawn every hour!
This year we will have a FREE URBAN SKETCHING OPPORTUNITY.  We have many new first-time vendors, new demonstrations and mini-workshops.
Demos in the front store are FREE!  
For information about the mini-workshops and demos visit
To sign up for the mini workshops visit:
Need help registering? Call Vikki or Lucy at 713.652.5029 or email:
Be sure to pre-register for the workshops, as space is limited!
Art Supply on Main  ●  2711 Main Street ●  Houston   77002 
Visual Journaling Group
Are you a visual journaler?  Do you journal your experiences, thoughts, and feelings visually?  Do you supplement your writing with imagery, color, or lettering?  Do you want to begin a visual journal?

Please email Cori Austin if you are interested:  We are a small group of visual journalers, experienced and inexperienced.  We would like to come together monthly to share pages, ideas, backgrounds, techniques.  We would love to have you join us.  A specific time/date has not been set as yet, but Cori will poll those who are interested for the best time/day. 

Lit Bits:  Just What Is Steampunk?
This month we introduce a new feature, Lit Notes, addressing genre writing. We've recently discussed steampunk at our general meetings -- there are a few writers of the genre among us, and certainly more than a few fans. So just what is steampunk? A recentWriters Digest article features this genre in detail, and here are some summary highlights:
  • Steampunk navigates a space between fantasy and science fiction
  • The setting of the story utilizes technology and devices reminiscent of the 19th century, often driven by steam power or clockwork
  • The social structures resemble those of the Victorian era
  • The plot lines are often adventure stories, with a nostalgic resonance 
  • The themes involve social critique, leaning toward empowerment of the individual versus industrialization and bureaucracy
Even if you don't write steampunk, we hope this gets some of your creative neurons tingling.  Happy writing!




Color Up/Color Down ~ Art Installations ~ Exhibition for Spring 2014 ~ Curated by Jo Zider

Russ Pitman Park, Bellaire, TX:  How nature teases our senses!  How does an artist respond to the theme, COLOR UP/COLOR DOWN, within the context of a nature conservancy?  Now a sixth-year tradition, this evolving group of artists called Municipal Dirt, will explore materials as media which translate the statement of nature and that of artist into a visual public experience for "Art in the Park."  Take a detour from traffic to the calming ambience of a stroll through the four-acre oasis of Russ Pitman Park.  Enjoy the tranquility of leaves rustling under your footsteps, fluttering wings, and then silence as you pause to hear the laughter of children on their own exploration of nature's abundant curiosities and glimpse into the artists' world of COLOR UP/COLOR DOWN.

In keeping with the mission of the Nature Discovery Center, the artists celebrate the function of observation and understanding of nature, while exploring the systems that create form, surface and color within the park, whether it is by natural formation or artist's impetus.  Interest in this exploration and commitment has been made by the following internationally-recognized visual and performing artists:  Karen Brasier-Young,  Margaret Braun, Vachu Chilakamarri, James Ciosek, Jordan Dupuis, Daniel Esquivel-Brandt, Tonatiuh Esquivel-Silva, Orna Feinstein, Jeff Forster, Mikey Georgeson, Lydia Hance, Mark Hirsch, Kathryn Kelley, Ann Johnson, Mari Omori, Loueva Smith, Carol Scott, Paul Tecklenberg, Justin Varner, Jason Villegas, June Woest, Jo Zider (curator), and Grace Zuniga.

Opening reception for COLOR UP/COLOR DOWN art installations and performance by Frame Dance will happen from 5pm-7pm on Saturday, March 15, 2014.  The exhibition runs March 15 - May 1, 2014.  There will be an artists' walk and talk on Saturday, March 22, starting at 4:30pm.  Also, you may join the Nature Discovery Center Adult Lecture Series for a guided tour, withcurator, Jo Zider, Wednesday, April 2, at 7pm. 

Russ Pitman Park is located at 7112 Newcastle, just north of Evergreen, in the City of Bellaire; therefore no pets, alcoholic beverages or smoking are allowed on the grounds or parking areas. Park hours are 6 am - 9 pm, every day.   For more information, contact the Nature Discovery Center at 713-667-6550, or
 Jo Zider at  or 713-294-6259.
Marian Szczepanski has been named one of 2014's 100 Creatives by the Houston Press.  Read the interview at
Tayyba M. Kanwal's humor essay on the state of us, "Here's the Thing" appears in The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, and she sheds some light on it in her blog post.
Anne Rita Taylor won a Merit prize for her Zine submission about winning the WiVLA ECO Fund Award.  The Art Exchange Program Zine Grant Merit Prize was 25 copies of her Zine:  "An Invitation:  The Mayborn Literary Non-Fiction Conference 2013."  Anne will hand out her Zine at the April meeting when she talks about winning WiVLA's annual award.

Rona Lesser will be a featured artist at the March 8th Galveston Artwalk.  View Rona's work at Affaire D'Art, located at 23rd and Post Office.
Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2014:  Artwork from this show, juried by Rock Hushka, curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art at the Tacoma Art Museum, can be viewed at Williams Tower Gallery, 2800 Post Oak Boulevard.  The Texas Art show will run through March 7.  Artwork is available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Assistance League of Houston.
The Houston chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) will hold their annual conference on April 26 & 27, 2014. They have a great lineup of editors and agents this year since this is also their 25th anniversary. For more details please see:

Additionally, if you are interested in resources for illustrating children’s books, please do check out Diandra Mae’s blog. She is the illustrator coordinator for SCBWI Houston.

Jane Lowy's Victorian-era literary novel, Wobbly Barstool, is a classically bound hardcover book with gold stamping and a ribbon bookmark.  It is currently available in Houston at The River Oaks Bookstore, and The Blue Willow Bookshop. Learn more and preview chapters at

Review:  Dr. Elizabeth Gregory and Susana Monteverde

WiVLA's February meeting featured guest speakers Dr. Elizabeth Gregory, director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Houston, and Susana Monteverde, director of UH's Friends of Women's Studies.  Gregory, who has been in the position of director since 1995, began the program by delivering a brief history of the discipline of women's studies, focusing on the period from the early 1970s to the present.  She explained gender as a kind of "work direction," assigning wages and status, furthering her point by asserting that "when you change what women do, you change what men do."  The role of the UH program, according to Gregory, is ultimately to illustrate how gender informs the human experience.  Monteverde, whose passion for social justice and education led her to her current position, clarified the role of the Friends of Women's Studies in relation to the academic program.  Primarily, the Friends provide fundraising support  that assists the department's programming, scholarships, post-doctoral fellowships, conferences, and travel grants for professors.  Major events such as the ever-popular Table Talk (now in its seventeenth year) and the Start Smart workshop (which teaches women how to negotiate successfully for their first salaries) help sustain the aforementioned activity as well as the Carey C. Shuart Women's Archive and Research Collection (where WiVLA's papers are housed).  The evening was capped by a  lively question-and-answer session that continued the discussion on gender and "the revolutions that women in all walks of life are enacting every day."  Many thanks to Program Chair Zita Giraldo for arranging such an informative event.  

Calls for Entry:  Visual Art

Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s). 
Visual Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the 31st Juried Open Exhibition. Deadline for this call for art is Thursday, March 27, 2014. For additional information, please go to and click on the "Prospectus" tab.
Fresh Arts is currently seeking exhibition proposals for its 2014-15 exhibition series:  "We encourage emerging artists of all mediums, art collectives, or independent curators to apply for an exhibition at Fresh Arts.  Fresh Arts is a uniquely flexible and open exhibitions environment and each 6-week show comes with a $250 honorarium, a free Fresh Arts Artist Memberhsip, and lots of support!"  Deadline to apply:  Sunday, March 23, 2014.  For complete details, visit
CAFE' for Artists! is a website that lists calls for entries nation-wide.  Descriptions of type of art and theme are listed, as is a link for more information.  Deadlines are included.



Calls for Entry:  Literary Art

Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).  
This month, we bring to your attention five established journal and magazine markets for genre writers. Journals aren't just for literary fiction! Please enjoy, and do let us know if you are interested in insights into other types of markets.  Please email Literary Chair Tayyba Kanwal at with requests and ideas.
Here's a tip from poet Catherine Rankovic:  "If you wish somebody would keep you up to date on the latest publishing and contest opportunities, the Yahoo Group Creative Writing Opportunities, edited and updated daily by poet Alison Joseph, is a must-see.  You don't have to do a thing but go there.  No signing in, discussions, donations, or anything:  Just postings with the info you want about first-book contests, poetry contests, fiction contests, online magazines seeking writers for theme issues, residencies, creative-writing jobs, and grants.  Most of the time with direct links to the source so you can obtain complete information.  You can subscribe to the postings or you can just bookmark it and go there when you feel the need.  I visit about once per week. "   Here's the URL: 
Bare Root Review (established journal): “Dig deep and don't be afraid to take chances. We are looking for work like that -- complex and strong and deliciously unexpected.”
Deadline: March 30 for current reading period
Open to: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
The Bitter Root Review (new journal): “We are especially interested in work with a social consciousness and pieces that engage with the natural world.”
Deadline: Open now for inaugural issue
Open to: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Essays
Vela Magazine announces its inaugural nonfiction contest for women writers:  "We’re looking for creative nonfiction, written by women, with a strong voice, a compelling narrative, and/or a powerful driving question. We’re interested in a wide range of essays and stories, including literary journalism, personal essays, memoir, and expository or experimental essays. We are not a “women’s magazine,” and are not looking for work that is written solely for a female audience."
Deadline March 31. 
Prizes: First place--$500 & publication; 2 finalists--publication.

WiVLA 2014 Board of Directors

President Cathy Nieman 
Vice President Jane Mulholland

Secretary Rona Lesser     

Treasurer Josena Arquieta
Membership Joyce Marie      

Communications [Open Position]
Programs Zita Giraldo      

Newsletter Cathy Lachin     

Visual Arts Theo Billings
and Luisa Duarte   


Literary Arts Tayyba Kanwal
and [Open Position]   


Social Media Ima Oduok         

At-Large Cindy Rasche  

and Peggy Sexton   
Historian [Open Position] 

Our mailing address is:
Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA)
P. O. Box 130406
Houston, TX  77219-0406