As part of Women's History Month, here's a selection of Web sites for and about women authors:
A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN WRITERS (http://digital.library .upenn.edu/women/):
This site's mission "recognizes the contributions of women writers throughout history." Developed in collaboration with the On-Line Books Page, it is a rich resource that includes lists of authors and books, special collections and other information.
MYSTERY WOMEN WRITERS (www.geocities.com/WestHollywood /Heights/9558/):
This site offers lists of authors in the mystery genre, and includes links for some who have their own Web sites. It also catalogs character information and breaks the genre into various categories. One of its most valuable features, though, is linking to other sites featuring women writers.
WOMEN AND LITERATURE (www.ibiblio.org):
Listen to Mayou Angelou recite her work, or read one of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnets at the Women and Literature section of ibiblio.org. The site is a collaboration of the Center for the Public Domain (http://centerforthepublicdomain.org/) and the University of North Carolina _ Chapel Hill (http://www.unc.edu). The site goes beyond just women authors, and is worth taking some time to explore for its art, literature, music and other information.
VOICES FROM THE GAPS (http://.voices.cla.umn.edu/):
This project at the University of Minnesota celebrates women writers of color in North America. It not only is used in courses there, but it also is a work in progress, with students, teachers and scholars invited to contribute information.
SOUTHERN WOMEN AUTHORS PROJECT (www.cwrl.utexas.edu/swap/):
Another work in progress, this project at the University of Texas aims to examine the lives and works of women writers from the American South. It has started a list of writers, and will have discussion forums as well.
MARJORIE KINNAN RAWLINGS SOCIETY (http://web.english. ufl.edu/rawlings/):
Among other things, fans and friends of the noted Florida author can gather here to chat at the Cross Creek Front Porch. The society, according to the site that is based at the University of Florida's Department of English, "was formed in 1987 to encourage study of, critical attention to, and general interest in the work, career, and legacy of Rawlings, as well as to facilitate a broader discussion _ among scholars, critics, teachers, students, and readers everywhere _ of writers who have taken the South as their subject."
Dave Gussow is the Times personal technology editor.