Croning Project

In 2026, Sinister Wisdom will be celebrating its 50th anniversary! As part of our celebration, we have been working on a tribute series called the "Croning Project" since 2017.

If you would like to enjoy these tributes to our history, both links and PDF copies of these tributes have been included for download.


Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz
is an Assistant Professor and Head of Reference at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She is the LGBTQ studies library liaison, serves as s a volunteer coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, and has even co-edited a special issue of Sinister Wisdom! For additional information, visit her website:

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Temple University, and a B.A. in Afro-American Studies from Smith College. In her fiction, she explores the intellectual, emotional, and bodily lives of young black women through voice, music, and hip-hop inflected magical realist techniques. For additional information, visit her website:

Nadine Rodriguez
is a queer, non-binary Cuban-American writer and photographer. They were born and raised in Miami, Florida but currently live in Marquette, Michigan. They are an MFA candidate for Fiction at Northern Michigan University, an Associate Fiction Editor for Passages North, and a co-editor for us here at Sinister Wisdom. For additional information, visit their website:

"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