Board of Directors

Tara Shea Burke is a poet, yoga and writing teacher, and restaurant server. She served as poetry editor for The Quotable and Barely South Review, has an MFA from Old Dominion University, and her chapbook Let the Body Beg was published by ELJ Publications in 2014. She volunteers for Sinister Wisdom and is the grants administrator for The Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc. Find more with links to publications at

Cheryl Clarke is the author of four books of poetry, Narratives: poems in the tradition of black women (1982), Living as a Lesbian (1986), Humid Pitch (1989), Experimental Love (1993), the critical study, After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement (Rutgers Press, 2005), and The Days of Good Looks: Prose and Poetry 1980-2005 (Carroll and Graf, 2006). She continues to write poetry and essays. Her latest manuscript is entitled By My Precise Haircut.

Kathleen DeBold has more than 30 years of non-profit experience including service as executive director of Mautner Project, the National Lesbian Health Organization, interim executive director of Service members Legal Defense Network, and deputy director of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. DeBold’s commitment to LGBT rights and social justice has earned her numerous awards, including Women’s e-News 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award, An Uncommon Legacy Foundation’s Uncommon Woman Award, Gertrude Stein Democratic Club Justice Award, Capital Pride’s Pride Hero Award, DC’s Black Lesbian Support Group’s Honorary Colored Girl Award, DC LGBT Center Distinguished Service Award, WOMO’s Community Service Award, Pride at Work’s Vanguard Award and “The Best of DC” Most Committed Female Activist and Local Hero designations from the Washington Blade.

Photo credit: Charlie T. Photography
Julie R. Enszer is editor of Sinister Wisdom. She is the author of Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010) and Sisterhood, a chapbook (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010). She is the editor of Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2011), which is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry. She has her MFA from the University of Maryland and is enrolled currently in the PhD program in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. She is a regular book reviewer for the Lambda Book Report and Calyx. You can read more of her work at

Sue Lenaerts designed and maintained the Sinister Wisdom website from 2004 - 2012 in addition to contributing art, writing, editing and layout to the journal. Sue was a charter member of the Washington, DC Rape Crisis Center and a founder of the Feminist Alliance Against Rape. She served as an executive vice president of Maryland NOW and was active in lobbying and winning anti-discrimination legislation for lesbian, gays, bisexuals and transgenders. Sue was the first openly out lesbian on the Prince George's County, Maryland Human Relations Commission. A graduate of University of Maryland University College and an Oracle Certified Professional, Sue currently works as a database administrator and manages websites for several progressive non-profits.

Joan Nestle - bio and photo forthcoming

Judith K. Witherow, a mixed race Native American Indian, lesbian, differently-abled feminist activist, was born and raised in poverty in the Pennsylvania Appalachian Mountains. Judith is a writer, storyteller, poet, photographer, and a long-time contributor to Sinister Wisdom. Her book of poetry All Things Wild was released in 2003. For four decades her essays based on survival and social issues have been published in scholastic collections, anthologies, magazines, e-zines and alternative periodicals. She has been profiled in many publications. In 1994 she won the Audre Lorde First Annual Award for Non-fiction. She was awarded “Community Builder for Decades” by WPFW (Pacifica) Radio in 2007. She received an Award of Recognition from the Baltimore City Council, 2010.

"Empowerment comes from ideas."

Gloria Anzaldúa

"Your silence will not protect you."

Audre Lorde

"Live your lives, honorably and with dignity."

Andrea Dworkin