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Sinister Wisdom 122: Writing Communities

Sinister Wisdom 122: Writing Communities gathers a selection of work edited by Stephanie Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle under the rubric Writing Communities. These important pieces reflect on how writers--and readers--build communities of shared interest. The issue also includes selections from the best new lesbian writing that lesbians submit to Sinister Wisdom. Sinister Wisdom 122: Writing Communities features a wonderful collection of writing about the life of Frances Clayton, an important lesbian foremother and partner of Audre Lorde for many years. Frances and Clare Coss assembled stories about Frances's early life and her life with Lorde. Lorde and Clayton's daughter, Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins provides a moving afterword on Frances Clayton's life. Also included in Sinister Wisdom 122: Writing Communities are remembrances of Alix Dobkin and Irare Sabasu. Open Sinister Wisdom 122: Writing Communities to share in lesbian imagination, inspiration, and community.

Featuring Creative Work by:
Jewelle Gomez
Sheree L. Greer
Nicole Shawan Junior
Krystal A. Smith
Arisa White
Audra Puchalski
Paula Molina Acosta
Lourdes Dolores Follins
July Westhale

& More!

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"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