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!

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 amusejanetmason.com 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

Sinister Wisdom IndieGogo Campaign


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

WeMoon 2013

Woman Stirred radio discussion

On Thursday--9/13 I had an enjoyable and informative time with Merry Gangemi. The discussion was pretty much all over the place, as is my speaking style. I'm a storyteller, and it's difficult to follow a set line of question and answers. It's truly a relief when the person directing the interview allows the words to just flow. I would like to answer a question Merry asked about what I might be working on. A number of friends and others have poetry in a anthology just released. The name is "How Can You Say We Are Not Related." Suzanne Sunshower has been the driving force in making the book a reality. A number of lesbians have poetry in the anthology. G.L. Morrison, Meredith Pond, Carol Anne Douglas, Janet Mason, Sally Brunk, etc. We will be setting up readings, and selling the book to help others get their poetry published.
Thanks Merry for your kindness and interest in shining a light on the issue of those of us who are two spirited.

Woman Stirred radio--Judith K. Witherow 9/13

I'll be on Merry's show for awhile this Thursday. I'm waiting for the Spirits to tell me what we'll be talking about. Join us.

Poets Janet Aalfs, Sally Bellerose and Deanna Nikado at Red Emma's

Tuesday Sep 25, 7PM @ Red Emma's : Poetry at Red Emma's! With Janet Aalfs, Sally Bellerose, and Deanna Nikaido

Red Emma's is excited to host an evening of strong female voices, as we celebrate the release of three new books with a joint reading featuring:

Janet Aalfs, the former poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Creatively honest, lyric and imagistic, her latest book of poetry is Bird of a Thousand Eyes.

Sally Bellerose, who was awarded a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts to complete her first novel, The Girls' Club - a phenomenal 70s-era working-class lesbian coming out story - out now from Bywater Books.

Baltimore-based poet Deanna Nikaido, who will read from her newest collection of poetry Voice Like Water, which is perhaps better described as a poetic conversation, a string of unembellished moments passing through the fingers like beads or drops of water.

Don't miss this lovely event!

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800 St. Paul St. * Baltimore, MD 21202 * (410) 230-0450 * info@redemmas.org
Red Emma's is open Monday through Friday from 10AM-10PM, Saturday from 10AM-8PM, and Sunday from 10AM-6PM. Our weekly collective meetings are Sunday at 7PM, and are open to anyone interested in the project, except for the first Sunday of every month, which is closed to everyone except collective members.
Red Emma's is part of IU 660 of the Industrial Workers of the World, one of the only unions to recognize that worker collectives can stand in solidarity with those fighting the bosses as part of one big union.

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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