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The naming of places, their explanation, and the ascription of significance fundamentally change our perception: an old stone house becomes the birthplace of a beloved writer and therefore, the very beginning of their oeuvre; a simple park becomes a place of protest, history written. Places are now a symbol for freedom, justice, equality, creativity.
Through carefully curated walks, we highlight and celebrate women’s herstory. This series of evergreen travel guides, the first one being New York City, shares stories of a diverse set of creative women that have often times been overlooked and underappreciated. From Zora Neale Hurston's trailblazing anthropological spirit in Harlem to designer Maya Lin's immersive architecture in Chinatown, we take you on a walk that will inspire your next dream.
Jana Mader is a writer, scholar and translator. She received her Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of Munich and taught at UNC-A and at Juilliard and has been at Bard College since 2019. Her research focuses on 19th-century literature and art, women writers of the 19th century, nation-building and national narratives, nature in literature, and environmental humanities. Her dissertation "Natur und Nation. Landschaft als Ausdruck nationaler Identität“ (2022) is under contract with Königshausen & Neumann and will get published in the Spring of '23. Her first novel came out in 2018. More about her work can be found here: janamarlene.com
Kaitlyn Allen is an art historian with a Masters in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and Africa from the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, UK. Her research focuses on the intersection of women and queer indigenous artists within cultural domains, Appalachian artists and architecture, and the portrayal and symbolism of animals in art and artifacts. With a background as a lecturer at Western Carolina and curator at the Asheville Art Museum, she currently works with private art collectors and contemporary artists to create management systems and future planning for their collections. "Walking Herstory" will be her first publication. kaitlynallen.com
Kaitlyn and Jana in New York City in 2019
Aja O'Han is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in the Hudson Valley in New York. She received her degree in Visual Arts from SUNY New Paltz in 2014 where she discovered her love for graphic design and digital illustration. She went to school originally as a painting major but wanted to explore other mediums and the graphic design program was a great fit. While she still enjoys throwing paint on a canvas Aja truly enjoys illustrating digitally whether it’s designing a logo, creating a poster, or illustrating a map.