Recent Grantees

Money for Women is the oldest ongoing feminist granting agency. While other grant sources have come and gone, our fund is in its fourth decade. We are still feminist and still willing to take risks. The fund gives encouragement and grants to individual feminists in the arts (writers, and visual artists). Our Award Notes newsletter, which lists the current and previous Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc. grantees, is available for download and also posted in full below.

Full List of Grantees and Finalists in Poetry and Nonfiction May 2016

Visual Arts Award Winners

Yoon Cho

Julia Clift

Kate Cosgrove

Cynthia Ona Innis

Caitlin Masley

Laura Petrovich-Cheney

Fiction & Mixed Genre Award Winners

Glendaliz Camacho          

Gemma Cooper-Novack

Kate Hope Day

Yalitza Ferreras

Anya Groner

Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins

Dominica Phetteplace

Rachel E. Pollock

Christa Romanosky

Alexa Smith

Karen Smyte

Tegan Swanson

Finalists in Visual Arts

Vera Angelico, Lani Asuncion, Lindsey Beal, Virginia Broersma, Esperanza Cortes, Lola Flash, Alixa Garcia, Elizabeth LaPensee, Willie Marlowe, Chrystal McConnell, Suyeon Na, Anne Polashenski, Adrian Rhodes, Lorna Ritz

Finalists in Fiction & Mixed Genre

Katya Apekina, Michelle Blake, Dawn Dorland Perry, Emily Geminder, Vanessa Hua, Jennie Lin, Megan Magers, Fatima Farheen Mirza, Jenny Pritchett, Jackie Sizemore, Susan Stinson, Carolyn Wolf-Gould


Glendaliz Camacho____________________FICTION
From One Corner to Another (New York, NY)

Through her female characters, Camacho explores the
emotional lives of women — their motivations,
complications, and desires. What does it mean when
those attempts to untie themselves from expectations are
futile? Through male characters, she spotlights the
sexism that pervades Dominican culture and frequently
remains unchecked.

"When can I see you again?"
She lit a cigarette, inhaled, and passed it to him, while
he gulped down the water.
"Ask yourself." She pointed her chin toward his wallet,
which she had placed conveniently within his reach on
the nightstand. She would not remember his name until
his fifth visit, when she wiped the sweat from his
forehead with someone else's forgotten handkerchief and
Fede told her he loved her.

Award is to cover expenses to allow time for the completion of the
story collection.

Yoon Cho________________________________ART
The Desert Walk (Long Island City, NY)

Yoon Cho's drawings are created with a digital pen on a
digital tablet. She superimposes her drawings over the
photographs of herself walking in different scenes to
construct a story in this "Desert Walk" series. The final
output of the work is a series of photographic prints,
which encapsulate aspects of beauty, destruction, and
preservation of the land we live in and celebrate
feminine life.

"Where Has the Dodo Gone?” 24” x 36”, archival pigment inkjet, 2015

Award funds printing costs for seven archival pigment inkjet
photographic prints in 36” x 24” from The Desert Walk series.

Julia Clift________________________________ART
Real Woman (Lansdowne, PA)

Clift investigates the broad spectrum of female identity
today. She strives for an honest, inclusive definition of
the concept in the series, "Real Woman," which
embraces diversity of age, race, socio-economic
background, sexuality, body type. She's concerned with
the effect of the modern world and present cultural
environment on the human condition, especially as
reflected in the female psyche. Her artistic practice is
rooted in observational drawing and painting, each work
produced from photographs and sketches made during a
single, 2 to 3 hour modeling session.

"Arayna."    20" x 12", graphite on paper, 2014

Award provides funding to take time off from teaching and build
momentum in the studio.

Yalitza Ferraras_______________________FICTION
The Lady of the House (San Francisco, CA)

How do immigrant populations make art in the midst of
survival? Ferraras’ novel “The Lady of the House,” is set
in Spain and the Dominican Republic, and explores the
repercussions of the migratory experience. The novel
begins in Madrid in 1992, the year that a Dominican
domestic was killed by a Spanish Neo-Nazi group. Her
murder, which serves as a contextual backdrop,
resonated among immigrants throughout Europe,
eliciting protests and unrest. Protagonist, Altagracia and
her art become a bellwether for the social and political
changes to come.

There had been yelling behind her as she ran through
sugar cane fields, drops of milk sliding down her
stomach, landing on bare feet.  Her mother had
given her the special tea to dry her up, to tell a body
that a baby was gone, but her body both listened and did

Award provides funding for research for the novel in Madrid, Spain.

Gemma Cooper-Novack________________FICTION
Watch You Disappear (Jamaica Plain, MA)

Cooper-Novack’s novel explores the romantic
relationship between two young women who have
suffered distinct and distinctive forms of trauma. She
writes at the juncture where the structural meets the
intimate: what societal forces work upon our most
private moments, and how does our internal and private
knowledge manifest in social movements and social

I don’t know that I’ve ever had a friend like Belinda. I
mean, there was Bree in high school, but I think we were
only friends because she was gay too. She’s a poet and
a really dramatic person, and she was always falling in
love with one straight girl or another and wanting to talk
about it. I mean, obviously I had a crush on Jessa
Ventimiglia too, but I never wanted to discuss it. . . all I
wanted to do was disappear. But she was the only
person who would talk to me.

Award provides funding for research into the PTSD needed to
complete the novel.

Kate Cosgrove_________________________ART
Heroically Ever After (Lansing, MI)

Cosgrove's "Heroically Ever After," the title of a series
of hand-drawn and painted illustrations in both full color
and black and white, recreates many powerful female
characters and scenes from books that shaped her as a
woman and artist. As an illustrator she seeks to create
girl-empowering, book-encouraging art. Specifically, the
art is based on texts from the following books featuring
female protagonists, penned by women authors: Anne of
Green Gables, Little Women, The Secret Garden, A
Little Princess, Jane Eyre.

Detail from“Roadkill Collective” 5”x7” pencil & ink, 2012

Award is to fund a solo illustration exhibition empowering young

Kate Hope Day____________________FICTION
Counterfactuals ( Corvallis, OR )

For Kate Hope Day, fiction provides the opportunity to
think about counterfactuals, those “if….then” statements
that imagine a different turn life could have taken. In her
winning work, three women struggle to keep their
personal desires and ambitions alive while meeting the
demands of their families. They wonder, like we all do,
what their lives would be like if they had made different
choices or if events had occurred in a slightly different
way. “At its heart, my novel is about the tensions
integral to the lives of all women-- between work and
family, ambition and contentment, desire and

At the place where Pine Cone Lane spools into Pine
Cone Court, three nineteen-fifties era houses congregate
around a … cul-de- sac, one of the few in Clearing,
Oregon.  The dormant volcano locals call Broken
Mountain rises just beyond…Tonight, a moonless
Tuesday in October, the houses stand against the dark
blankness of the forest, and their lit windows and doors
seem to hover among the trees.
Ginny McDonnell stands at her bathroom sink, a
toothbrush in one hand and a paperback book in the
other.   Her husband Mark is already asleep in the next
room, his breath muffled by a mountain of white pillows.

Award is for morning childcare four days a week for two months.
Anya Groner______________________FICTION
Where Sisters Come From (New Orleans, LA)

Coming from a background in social work and education
(including sex education for Planned Parenthood as well
as creative writing), Groner’s stories are informed by
and written for the young people she’s encountered in
her work. Disenfranchised themselves, young people are
often committed to equality and seeking to understand
the lives of others. Her writing exposes the intimacy of
female friendships and siblings, revealing complexity
and richness, offering new ways to consider gender,
power, and the self.
Megan and I lived with our Granny that year. She was
experiencing what were supposed to be her golden
years—but not long after Dad dropped us off, she
unretired, unquit smoking, and got a job bagging
groceries. “I’ll see you later,” Dad had said, getting
back in his Kia. Neither we nor Granny thought to ask
how much “later.” He didn’t return. Our mother had
passed away from a bone disease that March. For
meals, Granny fixed us cereal and canned meat and off-
brand crackers slathered with Oleo.

Award is to cover expenses to allow time to complete the story
Cynthia Ona Innis_________________________ART
Hot Water (Berkeley, CA)

Innis's work is inspired by dramatic landscapes, such as
that of Iceland. She directly paints on and stains various
fabrics - satin to velvet - with the use of collage, thus
referencing the use of fabric and textile in the feminist
art and craft movements, however taking it in a new and
contemporary direction. For her coming series of
landscapes, she will use for inspiration the strange,
volcanic landscape of the western United States, with its
hot springs and ever-shifting earth.
"Aqua Caliente."  48" x 60", acrylic, ink and fabric on wood
panel, 2015

Award funds expenses to travel to inspirational landscapes and
expand time in the studio.
Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins __________MIXED GENRE
Painting Like a Man (Santa Rosa, CA)

Hearing these words, a journalist alleged that Mary
Lovelace O’Neal “painted like a man.” LaFalle-Collins
book explores what that means. If it means railing
against the expectations for black female artists,
challenging and rejecting assumptions and wanting more
out of life, that’s O’Neal. Her book provides a fresh
point of view into little known works by this black
activist painter that chose to concentrate on forms of
abstraction, including Abstraction Expressionism, even
as she actively participated in civil rights marches,
protests, and sit ins. O’Neal’s life was a constant
navigation between activism and art and activism
through art.
… she was like a caged bird longing and struggling to
be free of the constraints of the conservative didacticism
toward art at Howard that centered on traditional
approaches to figuration and still-life painting. Her
conceptualizations were paired with a brand of political
radicalism that did not fit within her professors’ concept
of femininity within her familial pedigree.

Award funds travel to meet with O’Neal and explore art books in this
Caitlin Masley___________________________ART
Failing in interesting ways (Concrete Collages)(Brooklyn, NY)

Masley's newest series is large-scale, concrete drawings
incorporating collaged photographs. These works
address how we recombine the basics of architectural
building forms �(within the Brutalist style) with two
materials from the opposite of the building process.
Using cement to sketch and create an organic
topography, she then places pieces of photographs
within. These photographs are of a model she built from
concrete textile samples and hand cut to recreate forms
that represent a floor-plan type of image, thus producing
imagined, experimental structures and how they might
function in current, geopolitical topographies.
"Untitled 2." 19" x 24", concrete, graphite, hand-cut photographs on paper, 2015
Award is for materials and studio time.
Dominica Phetteplace__________________FICTION
Project Empathy (Berkeley, CA)

Phetteplace creates a science fiction novel set in a near-
future, economically segregated San Francisco where all
service employees have computer chips implanted in
their heads. It is told from the perspective of two women
of color who work as baristas. The novel, as envisioned,
is a retelling of The Tale of Genji, set in a futuristic
Starbucks. The main characters of her novel are like
herself: women of color from low-income backgrounds
who are trying to dismantle structural sexism, racism
and classism.

Bel and I both worked for Blue Cup. 
She got the job because she had good personality scores
and above average social media metrics.  She was a
junior and captain of the dance team.  On her tryout, she
took orders and served drinks with what her evaluators
described as “warmth” and “grace.”

Award supports the completion of this novel-in- progress.
Christa Romanosky ___________________ FICTION
Every Shape That the Moon Makes (Pittsburgh, PA)

Romanosky’s manuscript is a connected collection of
short stories about issues that affect rural women and
girls, such as sexuality, pregnancy, untreated illness,
domestic violence, in addition to celebrations and
everyday experiences. She writes stories that focus on
rural narrators, in a world that is slowly disappearing.
Her fiction includes home-remedies, old wives tales,
taboos, superstitions and myths, and focuses on
characters who come from families of coal miners,
farmers, roughnecks, and Mom & Pop store merchants.
From Mother Issues:

1-96: It is the year of the rat. In school you learn about
chemical reactions, metaphors, write your seventh grade
Language Arts essay on the black rhino. You
begin: Already, 92% of the rhinoceros population has
been killed for decorative ornaments and sexual
stimulants. Your teacher returns the paper with a
note: Please use appropriate language! It is a bad start to
the year.

Award covers writing costs and time off to finish this collection
Laura Petrovich-Cheney____________________ART
Untitled (Asbury Park, NJ)

After Hurricane Sandy shattered Petrovich-Cheney's
family home and community in October 2012, she began
collecting the debris left from the storm: Floorboards,
pieces of cabinets and window frames, finding in them
the evocative remnants of the lives of her community
before the storm. She did not alter the found wood. The
history of the devastation is told through the wood and
its chipped layers of paint and nail holes, while the
colors and quilt-like pattern in these pieces speak to the
feminist content in these works.
"Relative Confusion." 36" x 36," Salvaged wood, 2013

Award funds materials for new work to be produced for an
Tegan Swanson_________________ MIXED GENRE
Things We Found When the Water Went Down (Madison, WI)

As an exploration of the generational, echoing traumas
that come of climate change, oppression, and mental
illness, Things We Found uses short fiction, found-image
collage, maps, and meta-narrative footnotes to tell the
story of Marietta Abernathy Bailey, whose increasingly
vivid hallucinations begin to mirror ecological shifts in
the world around her. The book is also an investigation
of the specific ways that women redefine themselves
when “home” is no longer a safe space, whether that is
because of intimate violence, familial instability, or the
irreversible loss of environmental destruction.

Then one day, while Marietta is doing therapeutic night
yoga in the common area, another patient named Wanda
starts a fight with the invisible monster king of her
memory, a guy the others know only as “Lester.” Wanda
refused her pills again, and so the staff won’t let her
participate in group activities. For her safety and
others’, they say. There isn’t much else she can do
besides scream. She can’t throw the bolted-down chairs
or the Monopoly box – no plastic pieces because staff
don’t trust the patients not to eat them or insert them
into uncomfortable orifices – but Marietta can see
Wanda vibrate even through her own tired cloud, her
dim-bulb drugged periscope view.

Award funds time and expenses to support this book upon
Rachel E. Pollock__________________ FICTION
Tidewrack Medusa (Durham, NC)

Commissioned to write a short story for a speculative
fiction anthology, Pollack was asked to take a work of
classic 19th century literature and reinterpret it within
steampunk/anachrotech/alternate history paradigm. She
selected Robert Louis Stevenson’s TREASURE
ISLAND for her source inspiration and wrote a prequel
to it from the perspective of Long John Silver’s wife, a
free woman of color mentioned only twice in passing in
the original novel. Stevenson did not deign to give her a
name and wrote of her with exactly the tone of derision
one would expect of a 19th century white male author;
Pollack felt that her story demanded to be told.

Oh, I'm solitary, but I ain't lonely. Plenty to do. Wicks to
be trimmed, tanks of oil what need topping-up, and of
course the clockwork's maintenance. … that beam must
turn, every night, or there'll be wrack and ruin on shoals
and shore.

Award funds expenses allowing a month to work on this novel full-
Alexa Smith ______________________ FICTION
The Innocent, a novel (Antioch, CA)

Smith’s work concerns a person’s conflict with her
community, society, and herself. The Innocent evokes a
time when African Americans had a vibrant
entrepreneurial spirit, when, under segregation, they
developed their own worlds. The novel evokes the
crucial role of the black women’s club movement in
social justice efforts. It is surprising how relevant the
Greenwood community’s struggles almost 100 years ago
are to the ongoing debates today.

“Houston Soldiers Executed!”  The eleven-year- old
paperboy’s voice emphasized the first syllable of each
word … His voice resounded against the stained glass
windows of the First African Methodist Episcopal

The eight church ladies sat scattered among the first few
mahogany pews and stared wide-eyed toward the pulpit
as the child … continued reading the December 1917
Oklahoma City Times front page news story. “Battery of
Gallows takes lives of 13 at one time, 41 given life

Award provides essential support allowing time to complete the
Karen Smyte______________________ FICTION
Stealing Heat (Ann Arbor, MI)

In Stealing Heat, a novel narrated by a female rowing
coach and deeply physical woman, Smyte explores ways
people love and forgive, the psychological states of
longing, the liberation and dilemma of holding another
inside and again and again losing or leaving that person.
“I’m interested in how people are silenced, how we
silence ourselves, how we suffer and are transformed by
the suffering.”

The crew, while capable of concentration, distracted
easily by other boats or birds alighting close to us. My
girls were slow bringing their blades down, sleepwalked
to the back of the boathouse bay to take the shell out. I
allowed this dreamlike motion, never sure if this was

Award provides funds to cover childcare and basic living expenses
for the author to complete the manuscript.