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Sinister Wisdom September 2012 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Fans of Sinister Wisdom,

We're writing with our first ever email update about Sinister Wisdom because we have just too much exciting news not to share!

New Website!

Check out www.SinisterWisdom.org to see our brand, new website! We've converted to a content management system that will facilitate updates about the magazine more easily, allow us to have a blog with news and information important to the Sinister Wisdom community (you can see the blog here: www.SinisterWisdom.org/blog), and soon will have all of our back issues featured with easy button to purchase back issues and fill out your collection of Sinister Wisdom.

A big thanks to Lori DeGolyer who has been volunteering and helping us out with getting the new content on the website. And the most heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Sue Lenearts who has been our webmistress for many years.

Sinister Wisdom 86: Ignite!

All subscribers should have received their copy of Sinister Wisdom 86: Ignite! which features fabulous lesbian writing, including poetry from lesbian slam poets, as well as a crop of great fiction and poetry. We hope that you are enjoying your copy. We've already been getting some praise about SW 86: Ignite!. We were so excited, we shared it on the blog here: http://www.sinisterwisdom.org/node/90

If you didn't receive your copy of Sinister Wisdom 86, perhaps your subscription has lapsed? You can renew your subscription quickly and easily online here: http://www.sinisterwisdom.org/subscribe

Fall Fundraising Campaign

We work for Sinister Wisdom for free because we love it--and we believe in building and promoting lesbian literature and culture. The printer and the mail shop, however, need to be paid with US currency. Sinister Wisdom has a core of subscribers, but subscriber contributions don't cover the full expenses of producing three print issues of the journal each year. So we turn to the community to support Sinister Wisdom. Our goal is to raise $8,700 between now and October 30th to support Sinister Wisdom throughout 2013. Your contributions will help us do a number of things over the next year:
*Release the special issue dedicated to Adrienne Rich, Sinister Wisdom 87, scheduled to go to the printer on November 1, 2012.
*Produce three issues of Sinister Wisdom in 2013.
*Release our very first "Sinister Wisdom Classic"--a reprint of a lesbian-feminist classic book to reach new audiences. Stay tuned for more information on this special series of reprint editions of beloved lesbian-feminist classics.
*Give free subscriptions of Sinister Wisdom to women in prison, women with limited incomes, and women in mental institutions.

Most importantly, your gift to Sinister Wisdom helps to ensure that Sinister Wisdom continues to be an important part of the lesbian community. Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary and arts journal. We've been publishing since 1976 through the generosity of women like you.

We hope to raise $8,700 in celebration of Sinister Wisdom 87 through our indiegogo campaign. Click here to contribute: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/219076?a=982372

Please share this campaign with your friends, especially people who might not know about Sinister Wisdom (or know that we are still publishing!). We need to build our base of subscribers and supporters to continue the important work of Sinister Wisdom.

Benefit Reading for Sinister Wisdom in Oakland, CA

Sinister Wisdom business manager and board member (and all around fantastic dyke), Susan Levinkind, is organizing a benefit reading for Sinister Wisdom on Sunday, October 27, 2012 at Laurel Bookstore in Oakland, CA. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door, no one turned away for lack of funds!

Local contributors to Sinister Wisdom, Elana Dykewomon, Jewelle Gomez, and Amanda Ream will read. Please share the reading with friends and colleagues and ask them to mark their calendars to attend. If you are a contributor and will be in the Oakland area to join the reading, let us know, we'd love to have you read! More information about the reading will be on the Sinister Wisdom website, including the time, in the next few weeks as the event is finalized.

Thanks so much, Susan, and Luan, the owner of Laurel Books, for putting together this fantastic event to benefit Sinister Wisdom!

Sinister Wisdom Blog--special note for Contributors

We'd love to have updates from contributors for the Sinister Wisdom blog (www.SinisterWisdom.org/blog). Published a book of interest to lesbians? Contributed to an anthology? Reading in your local community? Launching a new project? We are happy to post news and information about folks in the Sinister Wisdom community. Send the announcement (preferably in a format that can be easily cut and paste) to sinisterwisdom@gmail.com. We'll post it and send you a link as soon as we can.

How to Help Sinister Wisdom

There are lots of ways that you can be involved and support Sinister Wisdom. Here are a few simple ideas:
Sell Sinister Wisdom at local lesbian events. We're happy to send you issues on consignment to sell in your local community.
Ask your local bookstores or other lesbian-owned establishment to stock Sinister Wisdom with a standing order.
Organize a benefit for Sinister Wisdom in your local community. We're happy to talk about how to do that and give you ideas and support.
Share Sinister Wisdom subscriptions with family and friends. More readers build our community. It's fast and easy to order gift subscriptions on our new website: www.SinisterWisdom.org/subscribe

Most importantly, right now, we need folks to contribute to Sinister Wisdom through the indiegogo campaign http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/219076?a=982372 to help us meet our fundraising goal of $8,700 to ensure that we can fulfill our ambitious publishing goals for 2013. Please give today, as generously as you can, and share this campaign with family and friends. Encourage them to give. Every dollar helps.

In Sisterhood,

Julie & Merry

Julie R. Enszer & Merry Gangemi, Sinister Wisdom co-editors

Congratulations to OLOC

OLOC held their national gathering in Boston, MA from July 19-22. All of us at Sinister Wisdom send our congratulations to OLOC for a fantastic gathering. We'll have a full report on the gathering in a future issue. Meanwhile, stay tuned for information about the next national gathering in 2014 in the San Francisco Bay area.


In the Mail: Praise for Ignite!

We were tickled to receive this gorgeous postcard praising Sinister Wisdom 86: Ignite!
Let us know what you think about the issue. . . .


Sinister Wisdom Fundraiser at Laurel Bookstore in Oakland, CA

Laurel Bookstore in Oakland, CA will be holding a fundraiser for Sinister Wisdom on Saturday, October 27, 2012 featuring past contributors to Sinister Wisdom. Stay tuned to the blog for more information as it develops. Special thanks to Susan Levinkind, Sinister Wisdom's administrator and the "Lesbian Tax Mom," for organizing this event.

Latina Lesbian Professor Receives Book Awards

Binghamton University professor Dr. Juanita D’az-Cotto (Also Juanita Ramos) recently received two book awards for Chicana Lives and Criminal Justice: Voices from El Barrio, published by the University of Texas Press in 2006. ForeWord Magazine gave it a silver medal in the Women's Studies category of its 2006 Book of the Year Awards. The book also received an honorable mention in the Best History Book/English category of the 9TH Annual International Latino Book Awards. Chicana Lives and Criminal Justice documents the impact of the war on drugs on Chicanas and their communities. Dr. D’az-Cotto is an associate professor of sociology, women's studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies. She is also the author of Gender, Ethnicity and the State: Latina and Latino Prison Politics (1996) and editor, under the pseudonym of Juanita Ramos, of Companeras: Latina Lesbians, Lesbianas latinoamericanas (3rd ed., 2004). She was one of the women featured in GO Magazine's 2006 Pride Issue ("100 Women We Love"). For more information visit: www.juanitadiazcotto.com; 607-777-4916.


La Dra. Juanita D’az-Cotto recientemente recibi— dos premios literarios por su libro Chicana Lives and Criminal Justice: Voices from El Barrio (Vidas Chicanas y Justicia Criminal: Voces desde El Barrio), publicado por la editorial de la Universidad de Tejas en el 2006. La revista ForeWord le di— una medalla de plata en la categor’a de Estudios de la Mujer en su Book of the Year Awards 2006. El libro tambiŽn recibi— una menci—n honorable en la categor’a del Mejor Libro de Historia publicado en Ingles en el 9TH Annual International Latino Book Awards. Chicana Lives and Criminal Justice documenta el impacto de la Guerra contra las drogas en las Chicanas y sus comunidades. D’az-Cotto es catedr‡tica asociada de sociolog’a, estudios de la mujer, y estudios latinoamericanos y caribe–os en Binghamton University, Nueva York. D’az-Cotto tambien es autora de Gender, Ethnicity and the State: Latina and Latino Prison Politics (1996), y editora, bajo el seudonimo de Juanita Ramos, de Compa–eras: Latina Lesbians, Lesbianas latinoamericanas (3rd ed., 2004). Para m‡s informacion visite: www.juanitadiazcotto.com; 607-777-4916.

Joyce Trebilcot (February 15, 1933 - May 27, 2009)

Joyce leaves this earth to enjoy greater freedom, joy, and peace and to have her work continue to enlighten wimmin who are discovering their own values and identity without the oppression and restraints of this world. Dr. Trebilcot is the daughter of the late Angela Dameral and Earl Trebilcot and a fourth generation Californian who grew up in Oakland, CA. She leaves behind her loving and devoted partner of 24 years, Jan Crites; dear friend Christine Hood; and many students, colleagues, friends, radical feminists and her SWIP (Society for Women in Philosophy) sisters.

Joyce Trebilcot, Ph.D. was the first womon to become a regular and later tenured faculty member of the Department of Philosophy, in the School of Arts and Sciences at Washington University beginning in 1970. She did her undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkley and received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1970. Professor Trebilcot was a co-founder of the Washington University Women’s Studies Program, and was its coordinator from 1980-1992. She was also a founding member of the Society for Women in Philosophy and Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy and served for many years on the editorial boards of Hypatia, Social Theory and Practice, and the Journal of Social Philosophy. She gave support and encouragement to many Lesbian projects including Sinister Wisdom.

She held visiting professorships at the University of New Mexico and at the Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She is the author of Dyke Ideas: Politics, Process and Daily Life; a published paper on Taking Responsibility for Sexuality; and many articles in feminist, lesbian and philosophy publications. Her article, “Sex Roles: The Argument from Nature,” has reprinted many times. She also was the editor of “Mothering: Essays in Feminism Theory”, and of a special issue of the Journal of Social Philosophy and Feminist Social Philosophy. Dr. Trebilcot retired as Professor Emerita from the Department of Philosophy in 1995.

Following her retirement she remained engaged in feminist dialogue with her colleagues, friends and anyone else whose attention she could garner. May her work continue to inform many to come.

A Tribute to Mary Daly by jade Deforest

"Mary Daly died this morning," the voice on the phone said. All the air seemed to leave the room, my lungs, as I struggled to take this in. I had known she wasn't well, had known for some time that her health was deteriorating and that this time was coming. Even so, how can any of us really be prepared for a loss this great, this enormous?

There are countless tributes to Mary, on the internet, in newspapers and other publications, extolling her genius, her absolute brilliance. We all know her contributions to womyn, her relentless and fierce unmasking of patriarchy and the insidious role it has played and continues to play in the lives of all womyn, of all female beings. She took enormous, incalculable risks for womyn. We all know this.

I want to write about a more personal Mary Daly, one I came to know when planning a reunion of feminists in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the summer of 2007.

Her intense love of animals, which grew even greater as she aged. She talked of a television program she saw, watching a small group of deer drinking at a pond, ever-watchful, ever-fearful of what might be lurking in the woods, at the edge of the pond. "They looked so vulnerable," she said. "I can relate to that now because I can't move quickly, I don't see as well, I am at their mercy . . ."

Her long conversations with our cat, Tori, who had an uncanny sense of when it was Mary on the phone. They talked to each other, Mary in her cat language, Tori in hers, elaborate conversations that only they understood. Often Mary would call and say, "I don't want to talk to you, I want to talk to Tori." I never had to call that cat to the phone; she was already there, waiting to talk to her new best friend.

Mary talked about a photograph on her wall, a wolf, and wondered what it would be like to actually be (italicized) that wolf, to feel her fur, feel the ground beneath her paws, see with wolf eyes. "You can do it, you can be that now," I told her. "Of course I can," she replied. "I forget that I can do that. Shape-shifters, we once were. I still am, you know. I might just show up at your house, a bird or a snake or a giraffe." "I think the giraffe would be a dead give-away," I said. "Well yeah, especially in the desert. Maybe a coyote."

Mary was eager to write another book, wanted help with the title. "Once I have the title, I have the book," she said. Writing was her life, made her feel vibrant, young, able to do anything and everything, able to feel less vulnerable . . .

Sitting in the warm New Mexico sun we watched an old woman being pushed in a wheelchair. "Not me," she said. "I don't want to be like that." "Would you rather die first?" I asked her. "I don't want to die, I'm afraid." "What are you afraid of?" I asked.

"I'm afraid no one will remember me," she said. I hope, Mary, that you can see the tears, feel the great loss we are all feeling, and know that we will never, never forget you.

And in that, there is great joy.

Remembering Judy Free Spirit

Judy Freespirit, longtime friend of Sinister Wisdom, architect of the fat liberation movement and all-around lesbian feminist activist, died in SF on September 10, 2010, from natural causes. She was 74.

Visit her memorial website Remembering Judy Freespirit

Digital Archive of Sinister Wisdom 1976-2000

Agreement with Reveal Media

As you may know printed materials—books, magazines, journals, et cetera—are quickly being digitized by a variety of institutions including libraries and Google. To date, back issues of Sinister Wisdom have not been available electronically to scholars, researchers, and students. While we recognize that there are many issues with digitization, we also don't want Sinister Wisdom and its thirty-five years of lesbian imagination to be lost to future readers. As a result, Sinister Wisdom has entered into an agreement with Reveal Media to digitize back issues from 1976 through 2001.

This was not an easy decision. Reveal Media is not a woman-owned or lesbian-owned company and is in fact a for profit entity. Nevertheless, Reveal Media has an exciting project to digitize issues of magazines and journals from the Women’s Liberation Movement to make them available to research libraries and scholars. We feel that Sinister Wisdom is an important part of the collection and we are pleased to join a number of other feminist and lesbian publications that are a part of the project.

What most excites us about the project is that, as a part of the agreement, Sinister Wisdom will receive an electronic file of all issues of Sinister Wisdom digitized under the agreement. We plan to put these back issues online at our own website, (www.SinisterWisdom.org), to make them widely available to readers. This will probably take a number of years (though secretly we are hoping that it might happen in time for our 40th anniversary in 2016.) In the interim, Reveal Media will sell subscriptions to libraries and other institutions of the full collection. When they reach a particular threshold, they will also make the collection freely available.

An important part ofSinister Wisdom’s contract with Reveal Media is that individual authors can opt out of having their work available in the collection. If you wrote for Sinister Wisdom during these years and you do not want your contribution to be available in the archive, please email Julie R. Enszer at JulieREnszer@gmail.com or write to her at Sinister Wisdom, 2333 McIntosh Road, Dover, FL 33527. In your letter please indicate that you are writing to “opt out” of the digitization project and clearly list the articles you wrote and your name. Your material will be suppressed from the digitization project. Your timely response to this is greatly appreciated.

In the meantime, we will keep you up to date on the project and let you know how it develops.


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