VIDA Launches #saferLIT Initiative

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts has launched the #saferLIT campaign, a pledge focusing on engaging small presses and magazines to create a safer literary space.

The campaign is being launched in conjunction with the Community of Literary Magazines (CLMP) and Presses and Small Press Distribution (SPD). Pledge items include:

  • "To believe victims who come forward about their experiences, and to do what you can to assist in getting help and address the situation immediately. To not deny the experience, gaslight, or dismiss those who come forward"
  • "To create and disseminate clear guidelines of appropriate conduct (and what this entails) and clear guidelines for public and private response should an employee, volunteer, author, or audience member engage in misconduct or patterns of harassment, whether in-person (at the press’s workplace or affiliated events) or virtual"

Lynn Melnick, of VIDA’s Executive Board, will lead this initiative along with board members Sarah Clark, Héctor Ramírez, and Elissa Washuta.

For more information, including the entire pledge, click here.

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