Matthew Daddona


#59: Out of the Binders: An Interview with Leigh Stein by Matthew Daddona

Leigh Stein, author of The Fallback Plan, is tireless in the publishing sphere. Just recently, inspired by a Mitt Romney gaffe during the national debates, Leigh created Out of the Binders, a symposium that attracted women writers from all over the United States. The event was a huge success and encouraged the type of cultural/gender-related conversation writers have been beckoning for. I wrote to Leigh about this experience, and she responded with triumphant news.

The Internet and Twitter is abuzz with the #binders hashtag. Can you tell me about this hashtag and what Out of the Binders represents?

The binders movement began as a private Facebook community for women that has Fight Club style rules of secrecy, so I can’t say too much about it…but I will say that the group was the inspiration behind my conference and now my newly formed non-profit Out of the Binders, Inc. Our mission is to increase the diversity of voices in the media and literary arts, with a focus on women and gender non-conforming writers. 

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