Highlights: FEMSPEC releases new issue

The Cleveland Stater. Vol.4, No.15 April 3, 2003
By Sarah Thomas

Cleveland State University is home to multiple publications, including FEMSPEC, an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to feminist science fiction, fantasy, and other supernatural genres.

This is not to say that men can’t be included. As long as the piece “pertains to a speculative view of women, anyone can submit work,” said Editor Batya Weinbaum.

Weinbaum is an assistant professor in the English Department at First College and founded FEMSPEC after discussion in a pop culture study in 1997.

The Website states “ The women who met in the popular culture meetings in San Antonio at the SF/Fantasy area party decided the journal should include subjects that deal with spirituality, creative works.”

The first volume was published in fall 1999 and it has been produced twice a year ever since.

FEMSPEC receives submissions from all over the world and consists of critical essays, art, poetry, fiction and more.

The editorial board is composed of professors from other universities [like] Kent State University to the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

CSU students can be involved by signing up for FEMSPEC as either an internship in various departments, or by volunteering.

The issue to be released next is the eighth copy and is speculating Jewish women.

Submissions are no longer being accepted for this issue; however, they are being taken for an upcoming film issue.

Weinbaum encourages students to submit their work because “quite a few get published,” she said.