Sinister Wisdom 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the 21st Century

Sinister Wisdom 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the 21st Century takes its title from that life-giving stanza in Muriel Rukeyser’s epic poem “letter to the Front” is a gathering of answers, challenges, and opinions directed at questions like: What are Jewish lesbians thinking about? Writing about? Making art about now, here in the first two decades of the 21st Century? Do we see ourselves as Jewish dykes? Jewish lesbians? Genderqueer Jews? How are we thinking about our Jewish lesbian communities and families, natal or invented? How have our relationships to the states of Israel and Palestine changed over time? Can we reconcile the contradictions between our faiths and our politics? Our gender and racial identities? How do we envision our futures and reimagine our pasts, especially in these fractious and dangerous times? With all these questions, one thing is certain: our commitments to making trouble and speaking up are strong.

(Sinister Wisdom 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the Twenty-first Century published Winter 2021.)

Sinister Wisdom 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the 21st Century is sold out. An ebook of the issue is available for sale here.


January 2021

See the full-color art Tribute to Margo Mercedes Rivera-Weiss.

Sinister Wisdom 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the Twenty-first Century Launch Event Introduction:

The video was created by Jasmine Jackson. You can learn more about her on Vimeo. The featured music is courtesy of Eve Sicular. It is a Yiddish tango called Shpil du Fidl, Shpil and was recorded by Metropolitan Klezmer at The Cutting Room NYC. Drummer, bandleader, composer/arranger, and film scholar Eve Sicular leads both Isle of Klezbos sextet (formed 1998) and Metropolitan Klezmer octet (formed 1994).

Full Sinister Wisdom 119 Launch Event featuring readings by Elana Dykewomon, Bonnie S. Kaplan, Judith Katz, Irena Klepfisz, R.D. Landau, Dr. Yael Mishali, Ellen Rifkin, Mira Schlosberg, Amy Horowitz, and Tova:

Hot Talks: In the Moment of Change.

My Tongue Exact: An Erotic Reading & Open Mic with Sinister Wisdom:

February 2021

A Tribute to Irena Klepfisz in conversation with Rachel Levitsky:

Celebrating the publication of MAGNIFIED with Minnie Bruce Pratt:

View the text from the chat here.

March 2021

Hot Talks: Lesbian and / or Queer in Blackness:

May 2021

Anne Charles Interviews Elana Dykewomon on the All Things LGBTQ Interview Show

The interview begins at 17:19

These videos, and all of Sinister Wisdom's recorded programs, are also available on our YouTube page:


"Empowerment comes from ideas."

Gloria Anzaldúa

“And the metaphorical lenses we choose are crucial, having the power to magnify, create better focus, and correct our vision.”
― Charlene Carruthers

"Your silence will not protect you."

Audre Lorde

“It’s revolutionary to connect with love”
— Tourmaline

"Gender is the poetry each of us makes out of the language we are taught."

― Leslie Feinberg

“The problem with the use of language of Revolution without praxis is that it promises to change everything while keeping everything the same. “
— Leila Raven