Elissa Bassist is the editor of the "Funny Women" column on The Rumpus and the author of Hysterical. She teaches humor writing at The New School, Catapult, 92NY, and the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. She has an uncanny ability to find the funny in the most challenging situations. (https://amzn.to/3jYPCeQ)
Elissa admits it took her 11 years to write and publish her first book. She prides herself on being an author who tells the truth, but she felt that women's literary voices are only sometimes heard and systemically silenced.
So she spent many years figuring out how to make people care about what she had to say. Elissa wrote about topics she knew well, including representation in the media, the problems of sexism and misogyny, the patriarchy in America, and the forces conspiring against women.
In this episode of Motivational Mondays, Elissa explains her writing, the inspiration behind her first book, and men's unsurprising reactions to her work.