Sinister Wisdom 123: A Tribute to Conditions

Sinister Wisdom 123: A Tribute to Conditions reaches back forty-three years to the beginnings of Conditions, "a [feminist] magazine of writing for women with an emphasis on writing by lesbians," founded by Elly Bulkin, Jan Clausen, Irena Klepfisz, and Rima Shore in 1977. This issue honors one of the signal publications of the late Women in Print Movement, a time of prodigious writing, organizing, and creating when women "seized the time" and the means for our own revolution in letters. Paying tribute to Conditions as one of a number of U.S. feminist publications which asserted for 13 years, recognizing in the words of Jaime Harker and Cecilia Konchar that "books could be revolutionary, that language could remake the world, and that writing mattered in a profound way."

In the first half of the issue, members of the Conditions editorial collectives write their reflections about the journal. In the second half of the issue, seventeen mixed-generation writers and artists respond to one of the seventeen issues of Conditions. Writers took whatever creative bent struck their queer forms and fantasies bringing to the issue a collage of autobiography, theorizing, fiction-writing, poetry, criticism, and straight-up essay.


(Sinister Wisdom 123: A Tribute to Conditions published Winter 2022.)

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The Launch and Reading of Sinister Wisdom 123: Tribute to Conditions

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"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