Our Hands Are Water Wings


Women make waves when

. . .

We release the safety of a select, bounded circle around our creative lives

to open what is precious and valuable to us for engagement and expansion

We release the injustice of a woman’s “duty”

to claim the agency which sustains our creative wellbeing


What will you release and reclaim?

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Our “hands are water wings” from Water Women by Alla Bozarth, Waves: A Confluence of Women’s Voices




“Dragging Virginia’s Body Out of the Ouse (detail)” by Christy Sheffield Sanford, section image for Waves: A Confluence of Women’s Voices


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“Clouds and Reflection” by Kathleen Schlarb


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My writing means everything to me. It is my heartbeat. It heavily influences the way I move through this life. If I don’t have writing, I don’t have a true safe outlet to hold on to my secrets, scars, the pieces of me that I rarely let anyone see. My writing is a huge signifier that I’m not just existing, but that I’m living, that I’m alive.


“What does my writing mean to me” by Chántelle Agbro


Author: A Room of Her Own

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