Hip Mama Magazine and Unchaste Writers Contest

Win cash prizes and the opportunity to read at Portland’s own Unchaste Readers Series!

Hip Mama Magazine and Unchaste Readers are teaming up to honor a few great writers. We’re looking for your excellent story–fiction, memoir, or hybrid. Winning writers will get cash, publication in Hip Mama, and a trip to Portland to read at Unchaste Readers. We’re wide open when it comes to content. Experimental, familial, confessional, unchaste…

Details and submission guidelines and payment link found here.


KBOO Show – Listen to it Now and Forever

Here’s a link to the show. You have to listen to some minutes of another show until you get to us…there are some men talking about economics… The Unchaste show starts at about 5 minutes when you click the link below.

Unchaste on KBOO Radio!

KBOO Unchaste 2014

Nikki Schulak: With the chemical formula for Prozac tattooed on her wrist, Nikki Schulak writes and performs personal stories about bodies. Her essay “On Not Seeing Whales” (about having brain aneurysms) was a notable selection in Best American Essays 2013.

KMA Sullivan is the author of Necessary Fire, winner of the St. Lawrence Book Awards, The Collection will be released this January from Black Lawrence Press. Her poems have recently appeared in Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, Forklift, Ohio, The Nervous Breakdown, Gargoyle, and diode. She is the editor-in-chief of Vinyl Poetry and the publisher at YesYes Books.

Nadia Martinez Chantry: Mujer, madre, maestra. Nadia Martínez Chantry lives in each of these roles, moment by moment, day by day. She is a survivor with a simple daily goal; to find, amplify, and honor her own strength as a woman, a mother, and a teacher.

Intisar Abioto is an explorer, photographer, dancer, writer, and performer. She is currently working on The Black Portlanders, a photo essay and exploratory project documenting the presence people of African descent in Portland, OR. Find her at intisarabioto.com

Carrie Seitzinger is the author of the book, Fall Ill Medicine, which was named a 2013 Finalist for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry. She is the Co-Publisher of Small Doggies Press. She is also the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the online arts and culture magazine NAILED.

Laura Green is a half-Mexican tattooed bastard child of a renegade nun who’s never caused a traffic accident and is currently working on a book about all of it.

Jenny Forrester’s most recent work will appear in the Listen to Your Mother Anthology published by Putnam in 2015. She curates Portland’s Unchaste Readers Series.

Domi J Shoemaker is a gender-flexing feminist who worked in social services for nearly 25 years, then stopped, and started writing seriously in Dangerous Writers in 2010. Domi is the founder the Burnt Tongue Quarterly reading series and has been published in a few places, most recently in the Forest Avenue Press Anthology, The Night and The Rain and The River.

Unchaste University

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Unchaste University is committed to connecting Women Author-Teachers to Writers and to supporting Author-Teachers financially and to supporting Women Writers artistically.

So, announcing…

The First Course in the Series of Unchaste University’s Writing Courses

Where: St. Johns Booksellers

When: Saturday, August 9th, 2014, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., writing class, followed by dinner in the St. Johns area of Portland, Oregon and an open mic back at St. Johns Booksellers.

Cari Luna will be the Author-Teacher. We are very excited about this! We are also very lucky to have Cari Luna show the way.

The personal is political. We’ve heard it countless times. Many of us cut our teeth on it. It’s at the very core of feminism. But what does it mean? And in particular, what does it mean for us as writers? In this class we’ll look at how women writers from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives have approached the political in their work, and then we’ll dig in and take on the challenge ourselves. Come prepared to think and talk and write. Come with a story to tell, or a question to answer, with something that’s made you so angry it might burn right through you if you don’t get it out, or even just a vague itch that you haven’t quite been able to reach. Or come with nothing but an open mind and a pen. (Though, really, I’d be happy to lend you a pen.)

Cari Luna is the author of The Revolution of Every Day, published by Tin House Books. The Oregonian named Luna’s debut novel a Top 10 Northwest Book of 2013. She is a graduate of the MFA fiction program at Brooklyn College, and her writing has appeared in SalonJacobinPANKAvery AnthologyfailbetterNovembre Magazine, and elsewhere. Cari lives in Portland, Oregon.

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$45 for this wonderful opportunity. One scholarship will be available per course. Please ask jenny@theforrest.org for registration details.



If you are interested in teaching or attending a class, please send your name, contact email and some text about what you’d like to teach or a class that you’d like to see us offer.

To: jenny@theforrest.org