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:

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!

Julia Penelope is no longer with us--1/19/2013

For a number of years, my wife Sue Lenaerts and I had been in touch with Julia monthly or more. We thought that it was important that someone of such value did not get lost in anonymity. We corresponded by mail and email about the simple things in life. Julia once wrote me that she was holding her truck together with duct tape. That statement never ceases to cause me to smile.
She was definitely a scholar ahead of her time with lesbian feminist politics and studies. The women's movement owes a forever thanks to this amazing woman.
Julia sent me a picture of her wolf/dog Gabriel for use on my website. This happened after I told her the name of my site was "Wailing with the Wolves."
We will miss you forever Julia. Rise in Peace.
Judith K. Witherow


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
Sample and purchase at


NY Rainbow Book Fair

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 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:

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:
You are in for a great read!

SW contributor, Janet Mason and friends upcoming readings.

I wanted to let you know about a few readings from Tea Leaves that are coming up soon -- one in Center City Philadelphia this Friday, October 19th. Details are below. Also, last but certainly not least, I wanted to let you know about the latest issue of My featured review is of October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shephard -- a world brought to is in poetry -- by Leslea Newman. This review was aired this past week on This Way Out, the international LGBT news syndicate based in Los Angeles.


October 19th - 7 to 9 pm

Good Karma Cafe
at 10th and Pine Sts. (19107)
Center City Philadelphia
(with Jim Cory and Maria Fama)

November 10th - Saturday - 5:30 to 7 pm

Giovanni's Room Bookstore
(with Maria Fama and Al Tacconelli - A Closer Look)
At 12th & Pine Streets in Philly's "Gayborhood" in Center City
345 South 12th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

Merry Gangemi


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