Women of Letters was a best-selling literary salon. Each month, New York’s best and brightest women were invited together on stage to celebrate the lost art of letter-writing.
Women of letters was founded in 2010 by Michaela McGuire and Marieke Hardy.
Women of Letters was a best-selling literary salon that ran monthly in New York City from November 2014-June 2018. Each show invited New York’s best and brightest women to come together on stage to celebrate the lost art of letter-writing.
The show attracted guests of the highest caliber, from all disciplines. Women of Letters veterans include: Abeer Hoque, Abigail Ulman, Adelle Waldman, Adrienne Truscott, Akilah Hughes , Alexandra Petri, Alexis Okeowo, Alison Stewart, Amanda Duarte, Amanda Palmer, Amber Jamieson, Amber Tamblyn, Amelia Lester, Amy Chozick, Amy Sohn, Angela Ledgerwood, Anita Heiss, Anna Drezen, Anna Holms, Antonia Hayes, Anuradha Bhagwati, Anya Marina, Aparna Nancherla, Ariel Levy, Ariel Lewiton, Ashley Ford, Audrey Gelman, Bebe Buell, Bess Stillman, Beth Hoyt, Bojana Novakovic, Brenda Shaughnessy, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Callie Crossely, Callie Crossley, Cara Hoffman, Carmen Maria Machado, Caroline Aaron, Carolyn Castiglia, Casey Legler, Celia Berk, Celisse Henderson, Charla Lauriston, Chelsea Davidson, Chemda Hennessey, Cindy Gallop, Claire Messud, Cleo Wade , Colter Jackson, Constance Shulman, Cristina Pitter, Dael Orlandersmith, Danusia Trevino, Dawn O’Porter, Deborah Copaken, Deborra-Lee Furness, Desiree Burch, Diana Cage, Dirty Martini, DJ Tikka Masala, Dominique Fishback, Edie Falco, Edith Zimmerman, Eileen Myles, Elaine Welteroth, Elissa Shappell, Elmo Keep, Elna Baker, Elsa Waithe, Elyse Fox, Elyssa East, Eman El-Husseini, Emma Straub, Emmy the Great, Emilie Zoey-Baker, Erin Gloria Ryan, Erin Markey, Estelle Tang, Fiona Shaw, Franchesca Ramsey, Francine Prose, Georgia Clark, Hank Phillipi Ryan, Hannah Gadsby, Hermione Hoby, Idra Novey, Isa Moskowitz, Isabel Rose, Ivy Woolf- Turk, Jackie Drury, Jacqueline Novak, Janelle James, Jane Aronson, JD Sampson, Jean Grae, Jen Ortiz, Jena Friedman, Jennie Gaffigan, Jennifer Wright, Jessica Delfino, Jimin Han, Jo Firestone, Joan-Juliet Buck, Jocelyn Chia, Kaki King, Kambri Crews, Kashana Cauley, Kat Burdick, Kate Tellers, Kate Walsh, Kathleen Turner, Kathryn Grody, Katie Hartman, Katja Blichfeld, Kaylyn Marie Scardefield, Kia Corthron, Kristin Hersh, Lady Rizo, Lane Moore, Larisa Oleynik, Laura Gomez, Libba Bray, Lisa Kron, Lisa Lucas, Lorri Davis, Lucy Alibar, Lydia Lunch, Maeve Higgins, Maggie Sandford, Maira Kalman, Mallory Ortberg, Mara Wilson, Marcia Belsky, Marcy Dermansky, Margaret Colin, Margo Jefferson, Maria Dahvana Headley, Maria Popova, Marianne Leone, Marie Faustin, Martha Wainwright, Martyna Majok, Mary-Jane Gibson, Maysoon Zayid, Meg Ferrill, Meg Wolitzer, Megan Abbott, Megan Amram, Megan Cummins, Meline Toumani, Melissa auf der Mauer, Melissa Febos, Micaela Blei, Michelle Orange, Min Jin Lee, Mindy Raf, Molly Crabapple, Molly Pope, Molly Ringwald, Mona Chalabi, Nikki Glaser, Nyemiah Supreme, Ophira Eisenberg, Pamela Des Barres, Paola Mendoza, Patty Schemel, Phoebe Robinson, Porochista Khakpour, Rachel Antonoff, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Rafia Zakaria, Rayya Elias, Regan Penaluna, Robin Gelfenbien, Rose Styron, Ruby Wax, Sabrina Jalees, Samantha Hunt, Sandi Marx, Sara Benincasa, Sarah Pappalardo, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Sasheer Zamata, Shalewa Sharp, Sharon Spell, Sharron Paul, Sigrid Nunez, Siri Hustvedt, Sonia Manzano, Sophie Auster, Stephanie Danler, Stephanie McKay, Stoya, Suki Kim, Summer Brennan, Susan Kent, Susanna Cahalan, Susanne Vega, Suzzy Roche, T-ai Freedom Ford, Tara Clancy, Tara Summers, Tayari Jones, Tracie Morris, Virginia Lloyd, Vivian Gornick, Vivien Goldman, Yael Stone, Yamaneika Saunders, Zuzanna Szadkowski.
The final NYC Women of Letters show was held in June 2018.
In the last eight years, Women of Letters events have raised close to $1 million for charity worldwide. The New York shows have donated proceeds to organisations we feel passionately about, including Planned Parenthood, PEN International, Millay Colony and Guernica.
Women of Letters was founded in 2010 in Melbourne, Australia, by writers Michaela McGuire and Marieke Hardy. Women of Letters enjoyed sellout success in Australia and toured internationally to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin (SXSW), London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Wellington and Indonesian cities Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Ubud. Women of Letters NYC was hosted by author Sofija Stefanovic and produced by Trish Nelson.
“In our world which is becoming increasingly more disconnected by dependency on social media and our tendencies to live online, I feel that projects like Women of Letters are the antidote. Bringing people together in one room to hear people tell their stories is a powerful reminder of our humanity.”
“Women of Letters is the perfect alchemy of literary art-party and storytelling, with drinking and bonding for all genders of truth-seekers. Marieke and Michaela deserve a medal for creating this happening while we’re on earth.”
Sofija is the host of Women of Letters New York. She is a regular storyteller with The Moth and has travelled around the United States performing with their MainStage. She’s writing a memoir called Miss Ex-Yugoslavia featuring warlords, beauty queens and everything in between (Atria Books).
Trish is a performer, producer, and founder of BanterGirl, a production company with an honest mission to establish a diverse and creative empire of women, and shine a light on the many talents that they possess. Outside of Women of Letters, Trish produces monthly live shows for John Hodgman, Carolyn Castiglia, and Dave Hill, among many others.
Michaela is a journalist, author, and Artistic Director of Sydney Writers’ Festival. Prior to taking up this appointment, she was Director and Co-CEO of Melbourne’s Emerging Writers’ Festival, and in 2016 delivered its largest and most successful festival to date. Michaela is the author of Last Bets: A true story of gambling, morality and the law, the Penguin Special A Story of Grief and Apply Within: Stories of career sabotage.
Marieke is a writer, producer, curator and artist. Her six-part award-winning ‘black romantic comedy series’, Laid, premiered on Australian television in 2010. A collection of her essays was released through Allen and Unwin in 2011. She is a live artist and immersive theatre creator, and was a recipient of the 2015 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.