"Greenwoman Magazine celebrates garden writing in all its forms: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, commentary, biography, art, and comics!
Daring and fun, Greenwoman is for the hip gardener who loves digging into the world of art and environmental thought that underlies gardening."
Greenwoman Magazine is a completely independent, one-woman-owned-and-run publication. (Well, two-women, when Sandra’s daughter Zora, who is the Deputy Editor, has time from her full-time college work).
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"I think this magazine will be one of the best gifts 2011 has given humanity and I’m absolutely serious about this. I hope you will check it out. When I did that, I clicked immediately on the subscription button and signed myself up. Now for those of you who know me, you will know this is significant because I have a very strict rule about not purchasing anything over the internet." —TammiHartung, author of Homegrown Herbs
“. . . I realized that this was a periodical loathe to box itself in or stoop to cliché. The topics would be familiar but the twists and turns would be unique because the human experience is unique."—Grace Peterson, "Gardening with Grace" blog
"Greenwoman is a fresh and hip magazine bringing the spirit of gardening to the forefront . . . It is unlike any other magazine I have read."—Elise Bowan
“Greenwoman filled the gap in my life that I didn't know existed: a magazine that connected all my interests: the earth, gardening, and a feminine perspective. I couldn't believe my luck upon discovering it! Greenwoman will now replace some of my subscriptions that were only gardening, that ignored earth issues...Viva Greenwoman. —Elisabeth Kinsey, Greenwoman's Sex in the Garden columnist.
Rating *****5 stars
Green Woman Magazine is the epitome of creative craftsmanship. The magazine eplores the world of gardening with tips, tricks, and articles that gives even a newbie like me a guide as well as a stimulating read. What intrigued me is; it isnt just about gardening per say. It incorporates Poetry, short stories, as well as interviews. And I have to say for a one woman show, Sandra has done an amazing job.
I have to be honest, I do not have a green thumb, in fact i killed a cactus once. I am very ashamed of that but I felt empowered to try a hand at getting deep within the soil. to replenish a beautiful life force. Its simplistcally sweet and endearing to me, to have been asked to review this magazine. Its different, its stimulating, its relatable. I really enjoyed it and I will make it a point to feature this work once again on this blog. Its a creative vise that is both theraputic, relaxing, and cultivative for what we strive for here on DWED.
Great job Sandra, this is an amazing Magazine. I wish you all the best.
DWED Interviews the Editor of Green Woman Magazine
DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself.
Thank you for having this interview! Well, I’m the editor and publisher of Greenwoman Magazine, I live in Colorado, I’m married (I met my husband when I was 17 and we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary this May), we have two beautiful and brilliant daughters (ages 18 and 21). I write, I garden, I love art, and I love what I’m doing, publishing this garden writing magazine.
DWED: Have you always aspired publish a Magazine?
No. It’s been in my mind for nearly twenty years, that publishing a magazine would be such a cool thing to do, but I never thought about it seriously until a few years ago! I published a zine for a couple of years,really enjoyed it, and I had many years of experience writing fiction and nonfiction. I’d had some things published, I’d been a guest columnist for The Denver Post one year, and I’d even read my essays on the local NPR affiliate radio station, but my work was not moving forward. Three years ago, after I sent a novel I’d been working on for years out to agents (with no takers), I thought: now what? I had loved publishing my zine (also named Greenwoman) and I loved publishing garden-related stories, both mine and others’.That was the most fulfilling work I’d done so far, so I decided to create a garden writing magazine.
DWED: Would you say the journey was easy or hard? Why?
It has actually been more difficult than I ever imagined. I knew nothing about publishing—and I naively thought that it couldn’t possibly be THAT hard. I was very wrong. The complexity is astonishing; there are hundreds of details to attend to as an editor, and when you add on the publishing part, and the art design part, and the marketing part—well, it’s ahuge undertaking. And it has just been me and my daughter Zora doing all of the work these last three years. Luckily, I had no idea what I was getting into. And I haveno regrets. It’s been the hardest job of my life AND it’s also been the most personally rewarding.
DWED: Who or what would you say inspired Greenwoman Magazine?
I fell in love with the genre of garden writing over twenty years ago when I picked up a book in a used bookstore, American Garden Writing, edited by Bonnie Marranca. I read these amazing essays from a varied group of famous writers: Thomas Jefferson, Alice Morse Earle, J. I. Rodale, Wendell Berry, Allen Lacy, Elizabeth Lawrence and many others. I was hooked, fascinated, enthralled. Garden writing was about far more than gardening—it was about science, philosophy, fashion, art, politics—gardening really touched on every aspect of the human experience. More than that, it made me want to garden, to get my hands in the soil. That was powerful for me. From that point on I knew I wanted to be involved in getting these kinds of stories out there in the world. At first I wrote about my own experiences, and later, many years later, I decided to trypublishing a magazine.
DWED: Are you a part of a book club or organization?
Not right now. I’m not much on joining organizations, mostly because I don’t have the time to participate.
DWED: Let’s delve into your writing. Can you tell us more in-depth about Greenwoman Magazine?
Greenwoman features all kinds of garden writing. We publish short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, interviews with artists who garden, biographies (of famous people in the plant sciences and culture), comics, essays—you name it. I wanted it to be a showcase of the diversity of the genre, and it is. We also feature art—drawings, photography, collage.
DWED: How does Greenwoman stand out? What does it offer and more importantly what can viewers find within it pages?
It stands out because it’s really the only publication of its kind. What I think it offers most is diversity, inspiration,a call to care deeply about the environment; it’s a unique place to connect, through literature, to nature and to the art of gardening.
DWED: are there specific topics that Greenwoman covers?
The interviews, biographies, fiction, poetry, etc. are all a part of the magazine, but they vary as to exactly what is published in each issue. For example, we might skip having a biography in one issue or we’ll have three short fiction stories in one issue and one fiction story in another.We do have four regular columns, with their own columnists, in each issue. The columns are: “Slow Ride” (on slow living, contemplating life, and taking care of the earth, by Dan Murphy); “Hungry Chicken Homestead” (written by urban homesteader Bonnie Simon, who raises chickens, cans food, and does other fun things); “Sex in the Garden” (Elisabeth Kinsey’s exploration of a sexy aspect of gardening—for example, she’s written on the “dirtiness” of dirt, the voluptuousness of roses, and the erotic aspect of bulbs); and finally we have DB Rudin’s “The Creature Feature,” in which he explores the history and life of an insect or animal.
DWED: Does the magazine advertise?
We do have some advertisers. They have to be in an industry that is “green” and/or connected to some aspect of natural health, the arts, gardening, ecology, or nature.
DWED: How was the concept of Greenwoman born?
The name Greenwoman comes from a female version of the “Green Man.” The Green Man, as you probably know, is an ancient figure, known to most of us as a man’s face that is made of leaves. I became interested in this archetype years ago and learned that The Green Man was symbolic of mankind’s connection to Nature. I thought there should be a Green Woman and I couldn’t find an equivalent so I created my own. (Others have done the same thing in recent years, imagined a “green woman”, so I’m not the only one who was in tune to this idea.)
DWED: What can we look forward to seeing from you throughout 2013?
To me, quality of content is the #1 most important aspect of my magazine, so I look forward to keep working to make this the best publication I can. I want to keep an open mind, listen to readers, try new things, discover exciting new writers and artists. I am also going to be self-publishing that novel I mentioned before, this summer. It’s a YA sci-fi/fantasy book about genetic engineering. The protagonist is a 15-year-old girl named Zera Green—it’s called Zera and the Green Man.
DWED: What other avenues are you using to promote your work and yourself?
I’m doing one big print ad in a publication I have a lot of respect for, I’ve tried out a few blog ads this year, I’ve had a lot of fun doing this tour, and I’m currently giving away a free sample issue of the magazine (PDF version) on my website to readers who sign up for my mailing list.Last year I attended a lot of local events. I want to find time to do as many guest posts on blogs as possible. I try a lot of things and am open to everything. My advertising budget is pretty non-existent, so I do what I can by just working as hard as I can to get the word out.
DWED: What would you say to all aspiring authors like yourself?
I’d say that if you really love writing, and you have a passion for it, just hang in there and work hard. Stick with it, don’t give up. Art matters.
DWED: Is there anything we haven’t covered that you would like your readers and potential readers to know about both your work and yourself?
Yes. I truly love and respect and value all the writers and artists who are helping me in this project. This is a new venture, totally self-funded, a publication that is created mostly in the spare bedroom of my three-bedroom, one-bath home. (You do not get any more cottage-industry than that!) We’re still working on growing this magazine and trying to find our audience. I have a lot of gratitude for those who are sharing their talent with the magazine and its readers—and this includes my oldest daughter Zora, who has donated a lot of time to helping me with this publication. I could not have done it, I could not continue to do it, without them.