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Great Write Up on New Erotica for Feminists in Johns Hopkins Magazine by Caitlin Kunkel

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Beyond the excellent title, which I want on my gravestone, this piece by Bret McCabe hits on a lot of what we are trying to do with this book. I especially liked this excerpt:

New Erotica for Feminists operates in a similarly heady, if less autobiographical, register as Nanette, the Netflix special in which Tasmanian comedian Hannah Gadsby dissects the form and content of standup comedy to burn a hole through the dismissive, misogynistic, and abusive cultural attitudes that underlie certain jokes. Kunkel and her co-authors are taking a genre—that niche of ostensibly sexually arousing material—and using humor to spotlight the political and cultural norms that prop it up. It’s not the preposterous scenarios of erotica—those ridiculous encounters from a guy’s perspective involving a co-worker, a delivery man, a plumber, whatever, that lead to sex—that are problematic. Everything that centers heteronormative maleness at the expense of everybody else is.

I'm Co-Teaching a Humor/Satire Bootcamp in August in NYC! by Caitlin Kunkel

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Along with the great Elissa Bassist, the editor of Funny Women on The Rumpus, I'm teaching a humor/satire bootcamp at Catapult in NY.

You'll learn how to write literary humor for 90 minutes with Elissa, than you'll learn how to write topical satire with me for 90 minutes, then we all hang out and do a Q & A  for an hour! Catapult is a wonderful place to work and teach, and I met awesome writers the last time I taught this class.

The Belladonna Editors Featured in The Writer Magazine! by Caitlin Kunkel

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The Belladonna Editors are so proud to be featured in the June edition of The Writer Magazine as one of the "Gatekeepers of Contemporary American Humor!"

You can buy the issue in print or access it through The Writer's app now. We're featured alongside the editors for McSweeney's, The New Yorker, Weekly Humorist, Robot Butt, and Splitsider - so good company!

Fall Satire Class at Magnet Theater in NY! by Caitlin Kunkel

I'll be teaching a six-week introduction to writing satire course at Magnet Theater in New York on Tuesdays this fall, starting September 12th.

Students from the first term have gone on to publish several of the pieces written in the class - check out this one that made it onto McSweeney's!

We focus on brainstorming techniques, forming a point of view, and learning different forms. You'll leave the class with three rewritten pieces, as well as info on submitting to different outlets.

I had a GREAT time the first time I taught this course over the summer - come join me this term!