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New Lesbian Poetry Journal Edited by Valerie Wetlaufer

Sibling Rivalry Press is thrilled to announce the debut of Adrienne: a quarterly journal of lesbian poetry in January 2014. Adrienne is open to submissions from all lesbian, bisexual, and self-identified queer women. The project began as Lady Business, a celebration of lesbian poetry, published in 2012. In the same form as Assaracus, Sibling Rivalry Press’s journal of gay men’s poetry, Adrienne will feature a substantial profile of writing by ten to twelve emerging and established poets in each issue. This format showcases the diverse talents of lesbian writers in our community. Valerie Wetlaufer is the editor of Adrienne. The issues will release at the same time as Assaracus: in January, April, July, and October.

In the past three years, Sibling Rivalry Press has established itself as a LGBTQ publishing force with quality work by diverse authors, straight and LGBTIQ alike. Sibling Rivalry Press and Valerie Wetlaufer selected the name Adrienne as a tribute to Adrienne Rich. In a 1999 interview with Michael Klein, Adrienne Rich said,

There’s a lot of what I would call comfortable poetry around. But then there is all this other stuff going on—which is wilder, which is bristling; it’s juicier, it’s everything that you would want. And it’s not comfortable. That’s the kind of poetry that interests me—a field of energy. It’s intellectual and moral and political and sexual and sensual—all of that fermenting together. It can speak to people who have themselves felt like monsters and say: you are not alone, this is not monstrous. It can disturb and enrapture. (http://www.bostonphoenix.com/archive/1in10/99/06/RICH.html)

Given Rich’s words and Sibling Rivalry Press’s overall mission is to publish work that disturbs and enraptures, it seemed fitting to honor Adrienne Rich in the title of the new lesbian poetry journal.

Editor Valerie Wetlaufer says of the new journal, “In Adrienne I hope to publish the best established lesbian poets alongside exciting emerging poets. I’m looking for all kinds of writing that captures the broad range of queer women’s experiences. I have no single aesthetic I want to promote, beyond really great poetry. I’m especially interested in writing by women of color and trans women.”

Wetlaufer continued, “The name Adrienne has special meaning to me, because it was her poem “Twenty-one Love Poems” that inspired me to write my first verse. Her line “Whatever else happens with us, your body will haunt mine” struck me to my core and I penned an elegy for my first love. I’m thrilled to provide a space for the work of other queer women poets. As more and more attention is brought to the inequities of traditional publishing, through the VIDA count and other venues, I think it’s vital to provide places that openly support work elsewhere-marginalized writers. Assaracus and Jonathan do that, and now we have Adrienne to do that as well.”

Valerie Wetlaufer’s first poetry collection Mysterious Acts by My People was chosen from the open submissions to Sibling Rivalry Press in 2012, and will be published in March 2014. She was previously a poetry editor of Quarterly West, and editorial assistant at Western Humanities Review and The Southeast Review. Wetlaufer holds a MA in Teaching from Bennington College, a MFA in Poetry from Florida State University, and a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing from The University of Utah. In 2010, she was a Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Writers Retreat Fellow. She has published two chapbooks, Scent of Shatter (Grey Book Press 2010) and Bad Wife Spankings, winner of the 2010 Gertrude Press Chapbook Prize.

For Adrienne submission information, visit siblingrivalrypress.com. Subscriptions will be available after the first few issues, with the same structure, pricing, and discounts as are available with Assaracus.


Festival of Women Writers in Hobart, NY

Join Sinister Wisdom contributor Cheryl Clark and a stellar line up of women writers at the Festival of Women Writers in Hobart, NY.

For more information, check out the festival facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HobartBookVillageFestivalOfWomenWriters


Check out Kalyani Magazine

Kalyani Magazine is a new literary magazine publishing work by women of color. They are making the most of the new publishing environment, using CreateSpace to publish the journal as a "print-on-demand" book. Check out their website and order a copy: http://kalyanimagazine.com/

Gazing Grain Press Chapbook Contest

Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist press, is hosting its second annual chapbook contest, sponsored by the Fall for the Book literary festival in Washington, D.C. The contest is judged this year by poet Cathy Park Hong and open to submissions until June 1.

This contest promotes feminist poetry to and by writers of all genders and sexualities. We are interested in work that explores ideas of identities as connected to gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, culture, and ability. We have no one "definition" of feminism and are open to anything.

The winner of the contest receives publication, contributor copies, and an invitation to read at Fall for the Book (including accommodation and continental U.S. travel). Full guidelines and more details about the press are here at the Gazing Grain Press website, http://gazinggrainpress.wordpress.com/.

Sandra Langer's new book on Romaine Brooks

Sinister Wisdom contributor, Sandra Langer, is fundraising for her new book on Romaine Brooks, All or Nothing: The Many Faces of Romaine Brooks. The book is an exciting new reading of the oh-so glamorous life of one of the most transgressive sublimely opinionated gay figures of the 20th century. Think K.D. Lang meets I Kissed A Girl. Sandra reexamines Brooks’ hot gender-bender romances with Winnaretta Singer, Renée Vivien, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Ida Rubenstein, and Natalie Barney.

Sandra is raising money to include 24 black and white photos in the book which will be published by University of Wisconsin Press. If you would like to learn more about the book and the fundraising campaign, click over to:


Congratulations, Sandra! All of us at Sinister Wisdom are looking forward to reading the book!

The Hunger Tree by E. F. Schraeder

A contributor to Sinister Wisdom, E. F. Schraeder, wrote to us:

A number of years ago, Sinister Wisdom was home to one of my first published poems (it was quite a while ago . . . early 90's!).

I'm thrilled to announce that my first poetry chapbook, The Hunger Tree, was selected by Finishing Line Press as a semifinalist in the New Women's Voices series. Please see the attachment for a look at what authors and activists are saying about the collection.

The Hunger Tree can be ordered online, visit http://www.facebook.com/l/kAQFRLpoOAQFXyjjrFlEvnpgHPd7EIdzqoszKycPWXbDaz... and click on pre-order forthcoming titles.

Or go directly to the webpage here: https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?cPath=4&products_id=...

EF ended saying,
Thank you so much for keeping space for lesbian writers and artists!

All of us at Sinister Wisdom are excited about your book and looking forward to its publication day!

Rainbow Book Fair Announces Readers & Panels

April 13, 2013
The current changing media scene leaves many questioning the relevance of books and even the written word in the 21st century. One annual, national event proves again that that question is essentially, on its face, irrelevant.

This year, the Rainbow Book Fair will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 and take place from 12:00Noon-6:00PM at the Holiday Inn New York City-Midtown-57th Street, located at 440 West 57th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues. There is a $3 suggested donation.

National in its reach and scope, over 100 exhibitors, authors, poets and publishers will share one floor in one enormous exhibition ballroom. Appearances, panels, and readings will be held a short flight up from the exhibition hall in a suite of meeting rooms. All areas are wheel chair accessible. Some events will have ASL interpretation.

Although over 1000 attendees will come to see and sample thousands of printed works, including, book, plays, poetry, periodicals, comic books, graphic novels, and photography books, the hallmarks of the Rainbow Book Fair are the panels, appearances and readings featured every year, throughout the day of the event.

The Rainbow Book Fair has never shied away from news-makers and controversy and this year is no different. Lesléa Newman, the author of Heather Has Two Mommies is used to being at the center of a firestorm and is appearing at the book fair to meet readers of all ages, sign books and answer questions about her latest adult title, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. Sarah Schulman, an activist in all media: film (UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP), theater at PS 122 and La Mama and prose (The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination) brings her wit and candor to discuss her newest work, Israel/Palestine and the Queer International. Any triumphs that LGBT people experiences today is built on the blood, sweat and tears of those that walked the walk before them. Reminding us of this is novelist Julian Earl Farris, author of The Sin Warriors, a story of what Florida academics do when they must face anti-gay witch hunts in the 1950's. Also joining this group of literary luminaries is David Leddick, author, cultural observer, photography expert, (The Male Nude) and playwright (Rent Boy, the Musical) to sign his new book, The Beauty of Men Never Dies and meet the people who love books, culture and the male form.

The Rainbow Book Fair prides itself on its deep commitment to diversity and the real examination of current topics and themes. This year's panels entitled, "From Poetry to Prose & Back", "Queer Sleuths", "New Trans Fiction: New Work from America's Transgender Underground", "Queer Asian-American Writers" place RBF5 on the front line of any discussion about the present and future of the LGBT zeitgeist.

Many attendees come to the Rainbow Book Fair for only one reason: The Poetry Salon. This year the Salon will be curated by Nathaniel Siegel and Regie Cabico and over 75 poets will be reading nonstop.

With a full day of literary offerings of this range of scope, it is clear that this years Fair will be another event for the history books.

The Rainbow Book Fair is presented under the aegis of The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies and headed by a steering committee and sponsored by publishers, writers and local businesses.

For complete panel and exhibitor information, please go to the website: www.RainbowBookFair.com

Sinister Wisdom will be at the Rainbow Book Fair

Sinister Wisdom will be sharing a table with A Midsummer Night's Press at the Rainbow Book Fair in New York City on Saturday, 12 April 2013 from 12 noon until 6 p.m. If you are in the New York area, please make plans to attend the Rainbow Book Fair and say hi to Julie and Merry. We will be selling subscriptions to the journal, peddling deeply discounted back issues of Sinister Wisdom, and talking to readers and writers about the journal. We would love to meet you and talk with you about Sinister Wisdom, and the day is filled with great readings, workshops, as well as tables and tables of interesting and exciting LGBT books. Check it out!


Jeri Hilderley Interviewed by Merry Gangemi on Woman-Stirred Radio

At last! The interview by Merry Gangemi, host/producer of Woman-Stirred Radio Goddard College WGDR with Jeri Hilderley is up for listening on youtube. Jeri discusses her musical roots in sculpture and 60s street theater, the 70s Women's Music Movement, lgbtq sensibilities, details of The SeaWaves' work in making their newly releasedCD, Talking Truth and much more. The interview, interspersed with poignant songs from the CD, is 1 hr 14 minutes and 22 seconds long.
It should stream without a pause - - If not, click into it again. Enjoy. And please give us feed back after listening to it by commenting on the blog.

For interview go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVREK1DKlzQ&feature=youtu.be

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Sinister Wisdom at AWP Conference

Sinister Wisdom will be at the AWP (Association of Writing Programs) Conference in Boston next week. Come visit us at our table and meet us at the lesbian and LGBT events featured at the conference!



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