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"Fierce is indeed fierce, bursting with erudition, scholarship, and passion. ” 
–Lisa Peet, News and Reviews Editor, Library Journal; Senior Writer, Bloom

FIERCE: Essays by and about Dauntless Women

Essayists: Nancy Agabian | Betsy Andrews | Debra Brehmer | Kara Lee Corthron | Chicava HoneyChild | Robyn Kraft | Caitlin Grace McDonnell | Leah Mueller | Meera Nair | Edissa Nicolás-Huntsman | Jessie Serfilippi | Claudia Smith | Taté Walker

Illustrated by: Anna Torbina  Edited by: Karyn Kloumann

These thirteen essays spotlight history’s heroines who have slipped under the radar, ranging from the legendary Lakota White Buffalo Calf Woman to pioneering black nightclub owner Ada “Bricktop” Smith to cross-dressing Revolutionary War soldier Deborah Sampson, offering a glimpse into often-forgotten lives that have potent resonance for today’s activists, rebels, teachers, and dreamers. And their authors’ own interwoven stories offer an affirmation, at a time we need it most, that the boundaries between the personal and the political are always porous.​ FIERCE is indeed fierce, bursting with erudition, scholarship, and passion.
–Lisa Peet, News and Reviews Editor, Library Journal; Senior Writer, Bloom  $9.99-$35.99


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BLOOM, December 11, 2018

Reading at Soho20, December 15, 2018

Booklife Write Up, March 1, 2020

Booklife Non-Fiction Prize Finalist, April 1, 2020

Nautilus Gold Winners, (category #29). May 1, 2020

Booklife Non-Fiction Prize WINNER, May 21, 2020

CIPA/Evvy 2nd Place, General Illustration Artist: Anna Torbina. September 10, 2020

CIPA/Evvy 3rd Place,  Interior Layout and Design Designer: Karyn Kloumann. September 10, 2020

CIPA/Evvy 3rd Place, Academic/Educational Non-Fiction

September 10, 2020


Read, Learn, Live "Dauntless Women – Ep 59 with Caitlin Grace McDonnell" June 19, 2019

Engendered Podcast "Episode 78: Taté Walker on using storytelling and art to create social change around Indigenous rights", December 5, 2019

Shelter In Place "Episode 92: Defiant with Meera Nair" July 7, 2020

Shelter in Place "Episode 93: Audacious with Edissa Nicolás-Huntsman July 8, 2020

Shelter in Place "Episode 94: Revelry with Kara Lee Corthron" July 9, 2020

Shelter in Place "Episode 95: Transcendent with Chicava HoneyChild" July 10, 2020

Shelter in Place "Episode 96: All FIERCE writers" July 11, 2020

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