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Lesbian Learning

Lesbian Learning: how do lesbians learn? What do lesbians learn, and what do they teach? Lesbians in educational settings have often been villainized, both as student and teacher. Lesbian students may encounter different obstacles than their heterosexual counterparts, and lesbian teachers are often characterized as menacing or corrupt. Yet, lesbians have been teachers and learners in a wide range of education settings, from formal classrooms to informal types of mentorship and on the ground learning. This issue of Sinister Wisdom, projected for publication in 2019 will encompass a variety of interpretations of lesbian how to. Guest editor, LB Johnston invites creative responses to Lesbian Learning in the form of stories, poems, essays, creative non-fiction, visual art (one or two pieces of art for the cover will be selected as well as works in black and white for the interior). Organizing questions for this issue include: How do lesbians learn? What do lesbians learn? What do lesbians teach? Inside and outside of academia? Arts, skills, relational lessons, backpacking trips; what is something new that your body or mind has learned to do or taught someone else to do? What about different learning styles and abilities? Different teaching abilities? For this issue of Sinister Wisdom we invite positive representation of lesbians of all abilities teaching, learning, and developing new skills. What do lesbians learn in church settings? What do lesbians learn from each other? What do lesbians teach others? As a theme, Lesbians Learning, can be interpreted literally or can simply be a starting point to develop your own concept of learning, and what that looks like. Thank you in advance for allowing us to learn with you!
LB Johnston is a native of Louisiana. She received her M.A. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, Center for Writers in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and her B.A. in Art from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. Her visual art has been exhibited in numerous shows in Jackson, Mississippi, and her short stories and non-fiction essays have been published by The Rumpus, Sinister Wisdom, and The Fem.
Submit through Sinister Wisdom’s online submissions portal ( by January 31, 2018 for projected publication in 2019.


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