Sinister Wisdom 121: Eruptions of Inanna

Sinister Wisdom 121: Eruptions of Inanna is a new book from iconic lesbian poet and author Judy Grahn. In her trademark lusciously erotic writing, Judy Grahn illuminates eight dramatic stories exploring the Mesopotamian goddess Inanna’s power and relevance for contemporary queer feminist audiences. Psychologically rich, morally and ethically exhilarating, passionate and full of life, these stories reimagine central western myths, including the book of Job and Gilgamesh with women and queer people as central actors. In every sentence, Grahn proves how revisiting origin stories is a vital world-making activity.

(Sinister Wisdom 121: Eruptions of Inanna published Summer 2021.)

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PEN Oakland announces Eruptions of Inanna is a recipient of the Reginald C. Martin Award for Excellence in Criticism.
Read review of Eruptions of Inanna in the Women's Review of Books.
Read a Q & A with Judy Grahn on Eruptions of Inanna at LitHub.
Read an interview with Judy Grahn about queer and trans figures in ancient mythology on the Nightboat Books website.
Celebration of Judy Grahn & Launch of her new book, Eruptions of Inanna:

March 2021

Listen to Judy Grahn interviewed on Sweetbitter, a podcast about Sappho.

Judy Grahn and Julie R. Enszer in conversation at the Saints and Sinner Festival:

June 2021

The Lexington Six and Lesbian Activism in Kentucky:

June 2021

Performance by Kimberly Dark:

These videos, and all of Sinister Wisdom's recorded programs, are also available on our YouTube page:

November 2021

Episode 96: Judy Grahn

In this conversation, poet, activist, teacher and scholar Judy Grahn discusses her latest book Eruptions of Inanna: Justice, Gender, and Erotic Power, published by Nightboat Books. She and Rachel—who also has lifelong connection to the stories of Inanna through her mother, Diane Wolkstein—examine the importance of these origin stories to modern-day activism and identity politics. Grahn also talks about cultural feminism, origin stories, metaformic philosophy, ritual, anti-racism, and what a long view of history can teach younger activists.


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