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Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal that publishes four issues each year. Publishing since 1976, Sinister Wisdom works to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space. Sinister Wisdom seeks to open, consider and advance the exploration of lesbian community issues. Sinister Wisdom recognizes the power of language to reflect our diverse experiences and to enhance our ability to develop critical judgment as lesbians evaluating our community and our world. Currently, Julie R. Enszer is the editor of Sinister Wisdom.

The current issue of Sinister Wisdom is Sinister Wisdom 118: Forty-Five Years: A Tribute to the Lesbian Herstory Archive edited by Shawn(ta) Smith Cruz, Elvis Bakaitis, and Red Washburn.

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Forty-five years ago movements of liberation made possible the birth of a new project in the world, the Lesbian Herstory Archives. In Sinister Wisdom 118 are some of the founding stories, telling what it meant to walk first into an apartment and later into a four-story limestone building, where shame became history, secrets became shared connections and complex lesbian, queer histories were enriched by maintaining intergenerational community. A grassroots collection, the Archives was intentional about engaging with all facets and complexities of lesbian life, inclusive of diversity in race and gender-identity, from the bar life of the fifties and before, to the lesbian-feminist cultural richness of the mid-twentieth century and beyond, to the gender richness of the twenty-first. This issue honors an Archives that articulates the complexities of how lesbians make our way in the world.

Featuring work by
Deborah Edel
Joan Nestle
Ann Allen Shockley
Naomi Replansky
Irare Sabasu
Polly Thistlethwaite
Jewelle Gomez
Alexis Danzig
Fran Winant

And many others!

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Join us for the Launch event for this issue on October 15, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Sinister Wisdom 118: Forty-Five Years / A Tribute to the Lesbian Herstory Archives launch event will feature Joan Nestle, Deborah Edel, Elana Dykewomon, Lucinda Zoe, Linda McKinney, Morgan Gwenwald, Stefani Echeverria-Fenn, Representatives of Little Rainbows: Alexis Clements, with Catalina Schliebener, Ellen Baxt, Luciana Pinchiero, and Elvis Bakaitis
Hosted by Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz
With visuals and hellos from LHA Coordinators past and present.
Co-sponsored by the Lesbian Herstory Archives, CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies, and the NYU Division of Libraries

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