Anna Holmes, Writer, Editor, and Founder of to Speak at The College of New Rochelle

Written By: College of New Rochelle

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — The College of New Rochelle is proud to present an evening with Anna Holmes, writer, editor, and founder of the popular website Daniel Smith, bestselling author of Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety and Mary Ellen Donnelly  Critchlow ’69 Endowed Chair in English at The College of New Rochelle, will interview Holmes at the College on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in Romita Auditorium, in the Mooney Center at the College’s Main Campus in New Rochelle. Holmes will sign books at a reception following the event.

“Anna Holmes is one of the finest journalists around, as well as one of the boldest,” noted Daniel Smith.  “Her work as an editor and critic shows intelligence, wit, and a powerful sense of social justice.  One proof of her originality is that Jezebel quickly spawned a thousand imitators.”​

The discussion will touch on topics with which Holmes has been deeply engaged throughout her influential career: feminism, gender equity, the role of women in the media, and the changing face of journalism.  Smith and Holmes will also discuss her book, The Book of Jezebel, an encyclopedic guide to feminism, edited by Holmes and published in 2012. With contributions from the writers who give the site its distinctive tone and broad influence, The Book of Jezebel includes entries on everyone and everything from Gertrude Stein to matriarchy, from Miss Piggy to wrinkles.

In addition to The Book of Jezebel, Holmes also published Hell Hath No Fury: Women’s Letters from the End of the Affair. She has written and edited for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, InStyle and The New Yorker online. Her Twitter account was named one of the top 140 Twitter feeds by Time Magazine, and she was 2013 recipient of a Mirror Award for Best Commentary. Currently, Holmes works as a columnist for The New York Times Book Review and as Editor of digital voices at Fusion, a cable network with a multicultural, millennial target audience.

Anna Holmes’ appearance is part of the Mary Ellen Donnelly Critchlow Lecture Series, a component of the Mary Ellen Donnelly Critchlow ’69 Endowed Chair, and is co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Department. The Mary Ellen Donnelly Critchlow ’69 Endowed Chair in English, is a gift of Lillian Brennan Carney ’69 and her husband Patrick in memory of Mary Ellen Donnelly Critchlow ’69. Last year the Lecture Series brought cultural arts maven Sarah Lewis to campus.

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