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Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly

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Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly of Writing, Politics, Art & Culture. Women and Performance. Summer, 1980.  

Vintage feminist periodical. Some light shelfwear. Some creasing to corner of cover. Previous price sticker on cover. Some spine creasing. No markings inside. Good+ condition. 

In this issue: Self-Profile: Robin Belitsky Endres, Self-Profile: Margaret Dragu
Profile on Lisa Steele, Nightwood Theatre and The True Story of Ida Johnson, 
Profile on Mama Quilla Collective, Scenes from Automatic Pilot, Interview with Kay Armatage, Interview with Diane Michaels, Theatre Experimental des Femmes, Interview with Pol Pelletier, Kathryn Shaw in Conversation. 

"Fireweed was founded in Toronto, Canada, in 1978 by a 24 women collective. Originally called Fireweed: A Women’s Literary and Cultural Journal, the journal adopted the name Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly of Writing, Politics, Art & Culture in 1980. The foreword to the first issue described Fireweed as a “feminist journal devoted to stimulating dialogue, knowledge, and creativity among women” and stated that the journal’s collective was “committed to an editorial policy of diversity.”...They published the first collection of Jewish feminist works (#35) to critical acclaim. 

...Fireweed was committed to an editorial policy of diversity and not intended to represent a particular style or aesthetic. The collective was also committed to print both established and new women authors including works from native and immigrant communities.... By the mid- to late-1980s and beyond, Fireweed began to paint a broader discussion of race, class, and sexuality. Several themed issues that gave voices to minority groups including two issues on Asian women’s writings, Lesbiantics: an issue for and by lesbian women, and a double issue on class....The journal published fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, photographs, and drawings from women around the world.

...Their continued work with the arts community created an annual Fireweed festival, which showcased various artists and works from the feminist community. The journal also showcased writing from a number of renowned Canadian artists including Margaret Atwood and Rina Fraticelli, the future head of Studio D at the NFB. 

...Fireweed was published from 1978 to 2002 with a final double issue on women, race, and war resistance."

(University of Ottawa)