Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989

Pat Parker and Audre Lorde first met in 1969; they began exchanging letters regularly five years later. Over the next fifteen years, Lorde and Parker shared ideas, advice, and confidences through the mail. They sent each other handwritten and typewritten letters and postcards often with inserted items including articles, money, and video tapes. Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989 gathers this correspondence for readers to eavesdrop on Lorde and Parker. They discuss their work as writers as well as intimate details of their lives, including periods when each lived with cancer. Sister Love is a rare opportunity to glimpse inside the minds and friendship of two great twentieth century poets.

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Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989 is also available as an ebook. Order the ebook here.

Read more:
Dianca London Potts interviews Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, author of the Introduction, and Julie R. Enszer, editor of Sister Love for Bitch Magazine, "What Is a Sister? Audre Lorde and Pat Parker’s Letters Are a Balm for the Soul"

Eight Titles Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison by Dianca London Potts

Excerpt from Mecca Jamilah Sullivan's Introduction at Public Books

On Editing Sister Love by Julie R. Enszer

Giants of the Lesbian Literary World by Carina Julig

I Call Your Name Whenever I Can: Excerpts from Sister Love at LitHub.

Mention by Gregg Shapiro in Bay Area Reporter.

Review of Sister Love in the Gay and Lesbian Review.


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