Your prompt for June + introducing Novella's The Stacks!
"Just like any woman... we weave our stories out of our bodies. Some of us through our children, or our art; some do it just by living. It's all the same." – Francesca Lia Block
TUESDAY, JUNE 5
I'm really excited about a couple things this month - namely this month's prompt, which is "Beauty", and the introduction of a brand new destination for your to peruse on our website - The Stacks.
Now, before you scroll on for the RSVP, we're introducing a switch up on the process: we're going to start sharing the prompt a little ahead of the event announcement, that way you have time to think a bit more on it, hear some of my thoughts, and get comfortable with the idea before we kick off the RSVPs.
But first, let's get into beauty. This is a really thought provoking topic chosen by our Selected Speaker (!) and as a woman of color raised in a fairly homogenous town, it means a lot to me. It was quite an experience trying to manage my personal relationship with beauty alongside who and what our society qualified as "beautiful" back then – I was continually searching for representation among my classmates, hoping to find someone who looked like me not being used as a punchline or caricature, with no results. It wasn't until I left town to attend a more diverse college that I found comfort by seeing myself in others and finally started to feel seen too.
I'm sure many of you can relate to the above and that's why representation is a huge priority for us. At Novella, we want you to feel seen and heard, and we strive to keep creating avenues where that is possible. Enter The Stacks: our new home for our stories and yours. The Stacks is where you'll find features on our members, letters from the editors (myself, Novella's Editorial Director, Leeann, and Editor-at-Large, Roxanne), content from our contributors (introducing Lourdes and Sandy), event announcements, and more.
We're seriously excited to keep sharing your stories and we hope you are as well. Look out for the RSVP coming your way next week (and a new way to interact with the salons if you're not based in NYC!)
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