Women's History Month, 2017

For Women’s History Month, we asked two young writers (who also happen to be our fantastic interns) to look through our lists of authors honored by the National Book Awards and 5 Under 35 and highlight women writers who speak to them. This list includes contemporary voices like Jesmyn Ward and Caren Stelson, as well as the long appreciated writers Audre Lorde, Rachel Carson, and plenty of gems in between. Here’s to all the women writers who have been honored before and the women writers of the future!


Eliza Siegel is an intern at the National Book Foundation. She is a first-year at Barnard College of Columbia University, where she plans to study Creative Writing and Urban Studies. She is a reporter for her local newspaper, Woodstock Times, and hopes to one day pursue investigative journalism and poetry.

Annesha Sengupta hails from Richmond, VA, and is currently studying English and Creative Writing at NYU. She's previously been published in Tin House's The Open Bar, and serves as the editor of The Minetta Review. She tweets sparingly @anneshamitha.