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Lesbian-Feminism--and its ideas--LIVE

I admire Bryan Borland and his Sibling Rivalry Press. In just a few short years, Sibling Rivalry Press has become a powerhouse of LGBT publishing--and I should say that I am excited to work with Bryan as he publishes my second collection of poetry, Sisterhood, this fall. Recently, Bryan read Sinister Wisdom 87--Tribute to Adrienne Rich. He was so inspired, not only by the issue but by the tradition of the magazine, the he decided to provide free copies of Assaracus, the gay male poetry journal that he edits and publishes, free to prisoners. I was tickled to learn about this from Facebook and his blog. Bryan wrote,

Inspired by the long-running journal Sinister Wisdom, we are also proud to offer a special hardship subscription price of $20.00, which includes four issues of Assaracus shipped anywhere in the world. We ask that you pay full price should you have the ability to do so, but one’s degree of good fortune should never impede access to poetry. Likewise, we will provide free copies of Assaracus to LGBTIQ support groups, mental health facilities, or correctional facilities by request. To request a free copy or subscription, please email us.

Lesbian-feminism lives--and continues to inspire new, righteous actions.

Julie

New Exhibit at University of Oregon includes work by Ruth Mountaingrove and Tee Corinne

A new exhibit at the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, “West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America,” includes work by Ruth Mountaingrove and Tee Corinne. Ruth is a current contributor to Sinister Wisdom, sending in regular book reviews and other dispatches. Tee is beloved to the Sinister Wisdom Community for her iconic photograph that graced the cover of Sinister Wisdom in the 1970s and was printed as a poster and was a staple for many lesbian feminists throughout the 1980s. Tee, who passed away in 2006, and Ruth are an important part of Sinister Wisdom.

The exhibit runs from February 9 through April 28. One part of the exhibit is about the Oregon lesbian land communities. Photographs from Ruth Mountaingrove’s collection and Tee Corinne’s collection are featured. On Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 p.m., Billie Miracle and Carol Newhouse will participate in a discussion about the lesbian lands with one of the curators, Elissa Auther.

Here is more information about the exhibit:

http://jsma.uoregon.edu/westofcenter

http://jsma.uoregon.edu/westofcenterprograms

Prof. Timothy Miller of the University of Kansas, a preeminent scholar of intentional communities in the U.S., will give a talk (one of the programs associated with the West of Center exhibit) on Friday February 22 in the Knight Library Browsing Room (this is the room where we had the Tee Corinne symposium in 2008). Part of his talk will be about the lesbian communities in Oregon.

Thanks to Ruth for passing this information along to us!

New Books by Sinister Wisdom Contributors

Sinister Wisdom is pleased to announce the publication of two books by contributors. Lisa Dordal's chapbook, Commemoration, is out from Finishing Line Press. Jessica Mason McFadden's collection, Woman in Disguise, is out from Saltfire Press. To order a copy, contact Jessica. Heartfelt congratulations to both Lisa and Jessica from all of us at Sinister Wisdom!

New CD from the SeaWaves!


The SeaWaves, Jeri Hilderley, Susan Ahlborn, and Janet Mayes, are excited to announce the release of our new CD, Talking Truth

"The songs on Talking Truth are for the good of all who struggle for equality, justice, solidarity and tender caring of all living creatures and our fragile earth.” In 'Army of Support,' we, as older lesbians, sing out our solidarity with bullied LGBTQ youth." See more at http://www.seawaverecordings.com/
Sample and purchase at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/theseawaves

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New Poem by Sinister Wisdom Contributor Joanna Cattonar

Sinister Wisdom is pleased to share Joanna Cattonar's poem, "La Sierra," published in the online poetry anthology http://200newmexicopoems.wordpress.com. You can read Joanna's poem here. The issue honors New Mexico's centennial; "La Sierra" is Cattonar's love poem to Taos. Congratulations, Joanna!

Joanna, in addition to being a contributor to Sinister Wisdom, also volunteers her services as our intrepid proofreader. We are enormously grateful to Joanna for all of her contributions to Sinister Wisdom!

[If you have news and information about writers who have appeared in Sinister Wisdom, please send it along so that we can share on the blog to sinisterwisdom at gmail dot com.]

Sinister Wisdom Announces Pushcart Prize Nominations

Sinister Wisdom is pleased to nominate six pieces from the two issues of Sinister Wisdom published prior to December 1, 2012 for the 2012 Pushcart Prize.

The six nominated pieces are:

From Sinister Wisdom 86
“What It Means To Believe/With a Full Mouth” Camonghne Felix
“Hair” Sarah Brooks
“Learning” Amanda Laughtland
“My Tribe” Kyle Anne Bates

From Sinister Wisdom 85
“Joy Suit” Maureen Brady
“Gertrude Stein Has a Cow” G.L. Morrison

Congratulations to all of our nominees!

Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & arts journal that publishes three times a year. Sinister Wisdom was founded in 1976 and has been publishing continuously since then.

For more information about the Pushcart Prizes: http://www.pushcartprize.com/

Elana Dykewomon's Risk Available as an e-book!

Barreling into the 21st century, former editor of Sinister Wisdom, Elana Dykewomon is pleased to announce that her novel Risk is available as an ebook. All of us at Sinister Wisdom celebrate this because Risk is such a fabulous novel. Click on over to the publisher, Bywater Books, and get your own copy of Dykewomon's Risk today. The direct link is here: https://www.bywaterbooks.com/shop/risk
You are in for a great read!

Sinister Wisdom IndieGogo Campaign

Friends,

We are almost at 20% of our goal of $8,700 for the Indiegogo campaign. If you are able, please make a gift today to support Sinister Wisdom. And tell your friends! Below is text that can be easily cut and paste into an email to share the good news about Sinister Wisdom.

Sinister Wisdom? What? That mag from the 70s?

Yes. Sinister Wisdom. Founded in 1976. Still publishing today.

The best of lesbian art and culture. Published three times a year. Delivered to your doorstep.

Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal. Publishing since 1976, Sinister Wisdom works to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space. Sinister Wisdom seeks to open, consider and advance the exploration of lesbian community issues. Sinister Wisdom recognizes the power of language to reflect our diverse experiences and to enhance our ability to develop critical judgment as lesbians evaluating our community and our world. Want to know more? Check out our fancy new website: www.SinisterWisdom.org

We work for Sinister Wisdom for free because we love it--and we believe in building and promoting lesbian literature and culture. The printer and the mail shop, however, need to be paid with US currency. Sinister Wisdom has a core of subscribers, but subscriber contributions don't cover the full expenses of producing three print issues of the journal each year. So we turn to the community to support Sinister Wisdom. Our goal is to raise $8,700 between now and October 30th to support Sinister Wisdom throughout 2013. Your contributions will help us do a number of things over the next year:
*Release the special issue dedicated to Adrienne Rich, Sinister Wisdom 87, scheduled to go to the printer on November 1, 2012.
*Produce three issues of Sinister Wisdom in 2013.
*Release our very first "Sinister Wisdom Classic"--a reprint of a lesbian-feminist classic book to reach new audiences. Stay tuned for more information on this special *series of reprint editions of beloved lesbian-feminist classics.
*Give free subscriptions of Sinister Wisdom to women in prison, women with limited incomes, and women in mental institutions.
Most importantly, your gift to Sinister Wisdom helps to ensure that Sinister Wisdom continues to be an important part of the lesbian community. Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary and arts journal. We've been publishing since 1976 through the generosity of women like you.

We hope to raise $8,700 in celebration of Sinister Wisdom 87 through our indiegogo campaign. Click here to contribute: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/219076?a=982372

Please share this campaign with your friends, especially people who might not know about Sinister Wisdom (or know that we are still publishing!). We need to build our base of subscribers and supporters to continue the important work of Sinister Wisdom.

There are lots of ways that you can be involved and support Sinister Wisdom. Here are a few simple ideas:
*Sell Sinister Wisdom at local lesbian events. We're happy to send you issues on consignment to sell in your local community.
*Ask your local bookstores or other lesbian-owned establishment to stock Sinister Wisdom with a standing order.
*Organize a benefit for Sinister Wisdom in your local community. We're happy to talk about how to do that and give you ideas and support.
*Share Sinister Wisdom subscriptions with family and friends. More readers build our community. It's fast and easy to order gift subscriptions on our new website: www.SinisterWisdom.org/subscribe
Most importantly, right now, we need folks to contribute to Sinister Wisdom through the indiegogo campaign http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/219076?a=982372 to help us meet our fundraising goal of $8,700 to ensure that we can fulfill our ambitious publishing goals for 2013. Please give today, as generously as you can, and share this campaign with family and friends. Encourage them to give. Every dollar helps.

In Sisterhood,

Julie & Merry

Julie R. Enszer & Merry Gangemi, Sinister Wisdom co-editors
http://www.SinisterWisdom.org

Contributor Lisa Dordal Reads in Portland, OR

Lisa Dordal’s chapbook, Commemoration, is now available from Finishing Line Press (https://www.finishinglinepress.com). Lisa will be reading from and signing copies of Commemoration in PORTLAND, OREGON on Friday, October 5 at 7 PM at Tigard United Methodist Church (9845 SW Walnut Place). For more info: 503-530-0247 or jubilattecafe@gmail.com.

Poetry Reading by Joan Larkin in New York City

As a part of a monthly long celebration of Portraiture at The Painting Center, poet Joan Larkin (a contributor to Sinister Wisdom) will read on Saturday, September 29 (last day of show), 2012, 3:00 – 5:00 PM. A donation is requested at the door. The Painting Center is at 547 West 27th Street, Suite 500, and is open 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Joan Larkin has published six collections of poetry, most recently Legs Tipped with Small Claws in Spring 2012 (Argos Books). My Body: New and Selected Poems (Hanging Loose Press) received the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award for Poetry in 2008. Cold River, a collection of elegies, received the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Award for Poetry in 1998.

At The Painting Center Larkin will read poems inspired by works of art and portrait poems.

“For nearly 40 years, Joan Larkin has written poems that stake out a territory of relentless self-examination, taking on love and death, family and sexuality in a voice that is unsentimental, ruthless and clear-eyed.”
––David Ulin, Los Angeles Times

"There are few poets in America who can combine Joan Larkin’s formal mastery with her emotional intensity….”
––David Bergman, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide
Her honors include the 2011 Shelley Memorial Award, the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, awarded annually for distinguished poetic achievement, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in poetry, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, and artist residencies at MacDowell, Djerassi, and Blue Mountain Center.
Larkin has taught at Brooklyn College, Drew University, and Sarah Lawrence, among many other places, and is currently writer in residence at Smith College.

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