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Sinister Wisdom 94 Co-Editor Joan Nestle in Ljubljana, Slovenia

While Joan Nestle usually lives near Melbourne, Australia, this fall she is circling the globe. Contributor to Sinister Wisdom 94: Lesbians and Exile, Lepa Mladjenović sent us these photos from Joan's recent visit to Ljubljana, Slovenia.


BOLDFest Annual Gathering

Greetings from Vancouver BC to lesbians everywhere!

3 more weeks until the 10th Annual Gathering of BOLD, Old(er), Lesbians & Dykes. We're converging on Vancouver's Gay Village from across Canada, the US and even Australia!

Little did we know BOLDFest would still be going 10 years later!

BOLDFest's theme this year is: "50 Years of Lesbian Lives & Culture" and we're excited about the lineup of presenters and performers who'll definitely live up to this theme! You'll find more details on boldfest.com .

Meantime, here's a sampling of what BOLDFestees will enjoy:

Cris Williamson in concert - Sunday night September 7
Cris was with us the 1st year of BOLDFest, 10 years ago!

"Restrospective of MichFest" with Lyn Davis, Victoria, longtime volunteer and festee-goer at MichFest. Lyn will share stories and memories of this amazing annual land-based lesbian village and community, created and built by women, for the many thousands of women who have been returning for many years to their/our "Lesbian Nation". MichFest is an integral part of our herstory, whether or not you've ever attended. This workshop will run two times, on Friday and Saturday Sept 5, 6.

BOLD Woman of the Year Award will be accepted at the Friday Luncheon by Margy Lesher, co-founder of the the Lesbian Connection, the longest running international lesbian publication and another long-term stronghold and support for lesbians.

Film Showing of "Desert Hearts". This classic lesbian film based on Jane Rule's novel, will be shown, followed by a discussion facilitated by Joan Coldwell of Hedgerow Press, Vancouver Island, publisher of some of Jane Rule's works. Hedgerow Press is sponsoring this event.

Following the discussion we'll move into a "Retro Night" of music, dress, and entertainment including recreating a dyke bar from years past.

Plus, Intro to Dragonboating, "Remarkable Women of Stanley Park" walking tour, dynamic workshops...and much more!

If you want to spend a weekend in total lesbian culture, BOLDFest is it! It's being held at the Coast Plaza Hotel, a gay/dog friendly hotel, situated in the heart of the Gay Village, 3 blocks from the beach, and very near to Stanley Park.

Come a day early, Wed Sept 3, and join us on the popular Harbour Boat Cruise for an evening of spectacular scenery, apppetizers, music, dancing, cash bar, women!! This is an "extra activity". See attached reg. form.

"See you in September"


Pat Hogan, Claire Robson
BOLDFest Coordinators

Just announced:
the Coast Plaza Hotel has just extended their cut-off date to August 20 to reserve a hotel room at our special BOLD rate! If you want to get a hotel room there, now's the time to do it. You'll find info on page 3 of attached registration form. If you'd like to find someone to share a room with please email info@boldfest.com. We'll do what we can to put you in touch with others seeking roommates. Need a subsidy to attend. Ask us!

Special Gift with Sinister Wisdom 93

Every subscriber to Sinister Wisdom will receive with Sinister Wisdom 93: Southern Lesbian-Feminist Herstory 1968-1994 a free bookmark. Be on the look out for it in your mailing. Use it while you read Sinister Wisdom--and any other book. We'll keep your place!

Want a few extra to share with friends? The first three are free with postage of a single forever stamp. Send a stamped, self-addressed envelop to Julie R. Enszer, PhD, Editor, Sinister Wisdom, 6910 Wells Parkway, University Park, MD 20782. You can also order bookmarks through PayPal; ten bookmarks for $2. Remit payment to wisdomsinister at yahoo dot com.


Old Lesbians Organizing for Change: National Gathering and Awards Announced!

LESBIAN ACTIVISM CHANGING THE WORLD: Old Lesbians Organizing for Change

25th Anniversary Celebration at our National Gathering July 23 – 27, 2014

Oakland California Marriott Hotel & Convention Center



OLOC is delighted to announce that the Del Martin Old Lesbian Pride Award will be presented at this year’s 25th Anniversary Celebration to TWO deserving Old Lesbians, Arden Eversmeyer of Houston Texas, and Joan Emerson of the OLOC Bay Area Chapter. The recipients will each receive $500. The Awards presentation will be held at the Gathering's Opening Night on July 23rd, after greetings from local officials and hosts.

ARDEN, a committed member, served as OLOC’s Co-Director of OLOC from 1997 to 2004 as well as serving on its Steering Committee for 14 years. She founded The Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project, (OLOHP) in 1997, collecting stories of Lesbian friends who were ill and dying in the Houston Texas area where she lives. Now, she and others continue to collect the life stories of Lesbians 70 and older wherever they are and whenever they are willing to share them, with OLOC’s support and help. Arden co-edited two collections of OLOHP stories. A Gift of Age: Old Lesbian Life Stories and Without Apology: Old Lesbian Life Stories can be ordered at www.alibris.com"

JOAN taught sociology at Carleton College where she also wrote articles that became classics. She left her academic career to train as a psychotherapist, working with children. Joan attended the OLOC National Gathering in Minneapolis in 1996 at age 61. Arriving “to explore the lesbian world”, 24 hours later she enthusiastically joined the Old Lesbian community and for 18 years - 1996-2013 - she worked in revitalizing and coordinating OLOC’s San Francisco chapter. Joan says: “Old age has been the best time of my life”.

This award solicits nominees worldwide and nominations include a description of the outstanding accomplishments of the nominee who must be alive and over the age of 70, and whose life and/or work has impacted the lives of Old Lesbians.

This is the third award to be given. The first was in 2010 at the National Gathering in Cleveland to activists Carmah Lawler and Kathy Glass. In 2012 the award went to Joy Griffith, long-time organizer of the annual Golden Threads Gathering in Provincetown MA.


Old Lesbians Organizing for Change

Oakland California Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

This is a call to Old Lesbians in their 60th year or more to join hundreds of our peers at OLOC’s Biennial National Gathering -- 5 days of workshops panels, caucuses, entertainment and socializing with some events welcoming women of all ages!

To date a diverse lineup of award-winning presenters and performers have been confirmed…with more to come!

· Dorothy Allison, http://www.dorothyallison.net/ Poet, Storyteller, Feminist

· Cherrie Moraga, http://www.cherriemoraga.comPlaywright, Essayist, Activist Educator

· Chrystos. http://voices.cla.umn.edu/artistpages/chrystos.phpPoet, Writer, Land and Treaty Native American Rights Activist

Carolyn Gage’s riveting Lesbian Tent Revival, an Author's night, the Del Martin Old Lesbian Pride Award, and a dance with the Bay Area Women's Liberation Boogie Band add to the impressive list of events and celebrations scheduled throughout the Gathering.

An Intensive will trace the roots of feminism and envision our next steps through stories and feminist political analysis.

For and by Lesbians, OLOC works to empower and improve our lives with a support network consisting of a quarterly newsletter, regular e-news, more than a dozen chapters, and OLOC Gatherings both Regional and National. Using education and public discourse, we confront ageism, sexism, racism, classism, and we work for justice.

For more Information, please go to our website: www.oloc.org, email info@oloc.org, or call 888 706-7506

Cheryl Clarke and Janet Rose Reading at Bluestockings in NYC

‘Edgy Chronicles’
An Evening of Readings by Cheryl Clarke and Janet Rose

Saturday, April 5, 7-9pm

Bluestockings Bookstore

172 Allen Street, NYC

(between Rivington and Stanton--F train to 2nd Ave; or W. Houston Bus to Allen St and walk south toward Stanton)

Two edgy lesbian authors read from their different but complementary genres for personal, artistic and political expression. Clarke, acclaimed activist, scholar, poet and essayist, is a prolific analyst and chronicler of struggle. Rose, activist, educator and psychologist, approaches issues through literary science fiction. Clarke will read from her published works, LIVING AS A LESBIAN, THE DAYS OF GOOD LOOKS: PROSE AND POETRY, 1980-2005. Rose will read from her published novel, BEYOND THE HORSE’S EYE —A FANTASY OUT OF TIME.



Sinister Wisdom Awarded Leadership Award from Publishing Triangle - March 2014 Newsletter

Sinister Wisdom to Receive Leadership Award

From the Publishing Triangle

The announcement from the Publishing Triangle that Sinister Wisdom is the winner of the 2014 Leadership Award thrilled all of us at Sinister Wisdom. The prize will be presented on April 24, 2014 in New York City. Here is what the Publishing Triangle had to say about the award:

Created in 2002, this award recognizes contributions to lesbian and gay literature by those who are not primarily writers-editors, agents, librarians, and institutions.

swSinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal that publishes four issues each year. 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. It recognizes the power of language to reflect the diverse experiences in the lesbian community and to enhance the ability of lesbians to develop critical judgment as they evaluate their community and their world. Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is the current editor and publisher of Sinister Wisdom.

In 2013, Sinister Wisdom moved into book publishing as well, in partnership with A Midsummer Night's Press. Its Sapphic Classics are reprint editions of iconic works of lesbian poetry. The first such title, Minnie Bruce Pratt's Crime Against Nature, was published in April 2013; the second Sapphic Classic, Cheryl Clarke's Living as a Lesbian, came out in January 2014.

For its decades of publishing to a queer audience, Sinister Wisdom, the oldest surviving lesbian literary journal, is being honored with the Publishing Triangle's Leadership Award.

Want more information? Visit the Publishing Triangle.


Spring Subscription Drive

Celebrate the Leadership Award by Subscribing to Sinister Wisdom

The greatest way to pay tribute to Sinister Wisdom is by subscribing to the journal. We have a special spring subscription drive. We hope to add 38 new subscribers by May 1st--one for every year that Sinister Wisdom has published. Will you join us as a subscriber today? Full information about subscriptions is available here: http://www.sinisterwisdom.org/subscribe. We will be counting until we reach 38 and announce that milestone at www.SinisterWisdom.org.


Back Issues Available

Copies of Sinister Wisdom 87 and 81 are hot this month

After Sinister Wisdom publisher and editor, Julie R. Enszer, wrote about Sinister Wisdom 87: A Tribute to Adrienne Rich at the Huffington Post, copies have been flying off of our shelves. You can still get a copy, however, if you have missed this issue, by clicking here. You can read Enszer's column here.

Also hot is Sinister Wisdom 81: Lesbian Poetry--When? And Now! in which lesbian poets pair their work with poems by other lesbian poets they admire. A few copies of this issue are still available here.

We sell all back issues in stock here at the special price of three issues for only $15 plus postage. Pick up a few for yourself--and to share with friends.


Share Sinister Wisdom with a Friend!

We can All be Wise and Sinister Together

Share Sinister Wisdom! Forward this email message and encourage your friends to become subscribers to Sinister Wisdom and receive the quarterly goodness of our print journal. Gift subscriptions are available for Sinister Wisdom as well. If you receive this email forwarded from a friend, go to http://www.SinisterWisdom.org to sign up for our newsletter. Share Sinister Wisdom so others know about the oldest, continuously publishing multicultural lesbian literary & art journal.

Thanks for reading, sharing, and supporting Sinister Wisdom!

In sisterhood,


Julie R. Enszer, PhD

Editor & Publisher

Sinister Wisdom

Sinister Wisdom 61 / Women Loving Women In Prison

One of the most requested issues of Sinister Wisdom is Sinister Wisdom 61: Women Loving Women in Prison. So we are excited to announce that we have a reprint in house of the issue, so copies are back in stock. Many of the requests for this issue come from women who are incarcerated, so we send out copies for free to incarcerated women. If you would like to support this work, do consider making a contribution to Sinister Wisdom. You can give online here: http://www.sinisterwisdom.org/donate
or mail a check to:
Sinister Wisdom
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Dover, FL 33527
Interested in other back issues of Sinister Wisdom? Order them here: http://www.sinisterwisdom.org/issues
Thanks for supporting the journal!

Spoon and the Moon - app by lesbian app builders

Marie Davis and Margaret Hultz are two down-home, hard-working lesbian app builders spreading the word about their app Spoon and the Moon.

No! Wait! Please don’t stop reading; it’s a word worth spreading! Spoon and the Moon has won many awards, including runner-up for Best App Ever and the eLit award for Illuminating Digital Excellence! Most recently we popped up to New York City during the BEA and received our 2013 Discovery Award from IndieReader. IndieReader also picked Spoon and the Moon as one of their six books to fall for this season! Just think of it? Cozy flannel pajamas, nippy cool air, fireplaces roaring and Spoon and the Moon helping you laugh your way through the season! YAY! Fall!

Want a tinge more? Just imagine their plight, two mouse-wielding lesbians working in a predominately straight male technological world and we really, really need the support of the LGBTIQ family.

Plus, and here is the freebie, Marie and Margaret will send Sinister Wisdom readers a free app if they will contact Marie and Margaret at spoonandthemoon@yahoo.com with the words Free App in the subject line.

Thanks buckets for reading their note. Here’s to all of us, and marriage equality sooner than later!

Marie and Margaret—Wickedly Sisters

Marie Davis and Margaret Hultz
Wickedly Sisters
App Developers

Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop - June 2014

THE CALLALOO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP, sponsored annually by the literary quarterly Callaloo, will be hosted June 1-14, 2014 by The Department of Africana Studies at Brown University

Open and free to the general public, the Workshop is designed to assist new and developing writers by providing intensive and individual instruction in the writing of fiction and poetry. Participants in the Workshop and its leaders will live and work together for the duration of the two-week session, as well as meet in groups for three
hours each day and in individual conferences when necessary.

Each of the two poetry sessions will admit no more than ten applicants, and those devoted to fiction writing will admit only six each. The Workshop leaders will give readings for the general public, and Workshop participants will celebrate the last evening with selective readings.

Admission to and participation in the different sessions of the Workshops are free. However, participants will be responsible for their travel, lodging, and board.

TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at
no later than January 31, 2014.
Each applicant must submit a brief cover letter and writing sample (no more than five pages of poetry or twelve pages of prose fiction), to file under the THE CALLALOO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP category.

An applicant may apply in only one area: poetry or fiction. Otherwise the applicant will not be considered for admission.

For additional information or explanations, please email callaloo@tamu.edu or telephone the CALLALOO office (979-458-3108).

Stephanie Wasson,
CALLALOO Journal of African Diaspora editor

As/Us: A Space for Women of The World

As/Us: A Space for Women of The World is currently open for submissions.

DEADLINE for Issue 3 is NOVEMBER 30, 2013

Submission Guidelines

As Us accepts original and previously unpublished works by Indigenous women and women of color. Simultaneous submissions are allowed but please inform us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere for publication. As Us accepts poetry, spokenword, creative nonfiction, fiction, academic essays, and more.



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