Moving it Along - Elana Dykewomon

Feminist Bookstore News (FBN) was a trade journal for feminist bookstores and attracted readers from feminist literary journals and publishers as well. Carol Seajay was the editor and publish of FBN. Members of the Sinister Wisdom community likely recognize her name because Carol contributed to Sinister Wisdom 116: Making Connections, and Carol has joined us for a number of zoom events. In many ways, Carol and Elana are matriarchs in our Sinister Wisdom community.

In the January/February 1990 issue of FBN, Elana’s article, subtitled “Thoughts on Being Part of the Travels of Sinister Wisdom,” provides a snapshot of the journal, Elana’s approach as editor and steward of the journal as well as some of the broader ideas and concerns being discussed by lesbians at the time.

-Julie R. Enszer


"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