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:

"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