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November 25, 2020

Dear Sisters,

Thank you for your support of Sinister Wisdom over the past year. It has been an incredible one, and I am grateful for many things this year: the ability to safely shelter at home to avoid sickness, the power of activists standing up to white supremacy with demands that #BlackLivesMatter, free and fair democratic elections, the work of Sinister Wisdom, and you for being with us every step of the way. However you are spending this unusual holiday, I hope that you are appreciating the brilliance of lesbians and lesbian creativity because that means you will be celebrating with Sinister Wisdom.

Amid your celebrations, part of my job is to ask you to support the work of Sinister Wisdom--and I'm going to do just that after directing your attention to our final three upcoming events of 2020. First, we have an amazing writing workshop scheduled with incomparable filmmaker Alexis Clements on Saturday, December 5th at 12noon ET. I'd love to have you join this final writing workshop in the series. Registration information is below.

Second, we are having a wonderful event we are calling Sappho's Room: A Sinister Wisdom Reading and Open Mic. This event on Tuesday, December 8th at 7 p.m. ET features three amazing writers each reading for five minutes and then  a large and raucous Open Mic for the balance of the hour. Come and join us to discover new work, listen to wonderful writers, and then have a mini-dance party at the end! More information about the three featured writers, K-Ming Chang, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, and Red Washburn is below - as well as information about how YOU can sign up to read at the Open Mic.

Third, join us for our Sinister Wisdom Book Club on Tuesday, December 15th at 7 p.m. ET. We will be discussing Shani Mootoo's wonderful book Polar Vortex - and I'll reveal our next book selection for the first Book Club of 2021. These are wonderful evenings of book chat and lesbian camaraderie. I'd love to have you join us.

Now, a reminder that we can only do this work with your support. Sinister Wisdomcontinues to do her work in the world, publishing issues, lifting up lesbians, and building lesbian community. If you value this work of Sinister Wisdom, will you make a gift to support the organization today?

2020 has been a busy year for Sinister Wisdom. As always, Sinister Wisdom published four issues: Sinister Wisdom 115: Lesbian Learning in January, Sinister Wisdom 116: Making Connections in April, Sinister Wisdom 117: Lesbians in the City in July, and now Sinister Wisdom 118: Forty-Five Years / A Tribute to the Lesbian Herstory Archives in October. With Sinister Wisdom 117: Lesbians in the City, we published the fourth installment of the “Croning Project,” a series of reflections by readers on earlier issues of Sinister Wisdom leading up to our 50th anniversary of publishing in 2026. I’ve published a more complete annual report (and our financial statement) at www.sinisterwisdom.org/annualreport2020. Please take a look and celebrate our accomplishments!

Launch events have often been a part of Sinister Wisdom’s publishing activities; we have had memorable events at the Lesbian Herstory Archive, the San Francisco Public Library, and lots of other places in between. When the current pandemic arrived, Sinister Wisdom recognized people’s hunger for ways to connect through programs via Zoom. Sinister Wisdom responded; since April we have done one program a month, gathering lesbians to celebrate lesbian literature and lesbian lives. These events are free and open to everyone in the Sinister Wisdom community. Building on this success, Sinister Wisdom initiate a book club, which met for the first time in September and will meet again in December, and monthly writing workshops. Now Sinister Wisdom volunteers and editors are planning more gatherings, readings, and workshops for 2021.

In 2021, Sinister Wisdom will publish four more issues of the journal—and they are great ones. January will bring Sinister Wisdom 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the 21st Century; April will bring Sinister Wisdom 120: Asian Lesbians, and July and September will bring two more amazing issues. If our fundraising is successful, I’d love to drop in another bonus issue for 2021.

I need your support. I know it is a tough year for everyone and some people may not have the capacity to give, but if you do have the ability to support Sinister Wisdom, can you make a generous gift for Sinister Wisdom’s publishing in 2021? A gift of any size makes a huge difference to Sinister Wisdom. Last year Sinister Wisdom’s fall campaign raised $12,385.36. This year, I hope we can raise $15,000 to support our work in 2021. If we make it, subscribers will receive five issues of the journal in 2021. (And I have more plans for 2022!)

Please, renew your subscription to Sinister Wisdom, give a gift subscription to someone who would love the journal (just fill out the subscriber form and pop me an email and I'll get everything organized for your gift!), make a generous donation to support the work of publishing, celebrating, and promoting lesbian literary art and culture.
Thank you.

In sisterhood,

Julie

Julie R. Enszer, PhD
Editor and Publisher, Sinister Wisdom
Join us on Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm for readings by our featured speakers followed by an open mic (sign up required for open mic, see below).
FEATURED READERS:
K-Ming Chang / 張欣明 is a Kundiman fellow and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. She is the author of the debut novel BESTIARY (One World/Random House). Her poems have been anthologized in Ink Knows No Borders, Best New Poets 2018, Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3, and the 2019 Pushcart Prize Anthology. More of her work is located at kmingchang.com.
Red Washburn, PhD, is Associate Professor of English and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Kingsborough Community College. They also teach Women’s and Gender Studies at Brooklyn College. In addition, they are the co-editor of Women’s Studies Quarterly, published by the Feminist Press. Red’s articles appear in Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Journal of Lesbian Studies, and Theory and Praxis: Women’s and Gender Studies at Community Colleges. Finishing Line Press published their poetry collection Crestview Tree Woman. They are the co-editor of Sinister Wisdom’s Celebrating the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Dump Trump: Legacies of Resistance, and 45 Years: A Tribute to Lesbian Herstory Archives; they are currently working on the Trans/feminisms issue. In addition, they are working on a book about trans and nonbinary literatures and communities, 1969-2019. Red is a coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives and of the Rainbow Book Fair as well as is on the board of directors of Sinister Wisdom and the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS).
Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Ph.D., is the author of the short story collection, Blue Talk and Love, and winner of the 2018 Judith Markowitz Award for LGBTQ Writers. Her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Writing, The Kenyon Review, Callaloo, Feminist Studies, American Fiction, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, TriQuarterly, GLQ: Lesbian and Gay Studies Quarterly, American Literary History, The Scholar and Feminist, American Quarterly, Public Books, Ebony.com, TheRoot.com, BET.com, and others. She has earned support and honors from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Lambda Literary, the Publishing Triangle, the Mellon Foundation, the Center for Fiction, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her forthcoming academic book, The Poetics of Difference: Queer Feminist Forms in the African Diaspora, explores the politics of poetic experimentation in global black women’s art, literature, and hip-hop. She is Assistant Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College, and is completing a novel.

OPEN MIC:
Readings for the open mic will be limited to 2 minutes each. Sign up is on a first come, first served basis. To sign up for your 2 minute slot, email Casey at: caseycatherinemoore@gmail.com

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Topic: Sappho's Room: A Sinister Wisdom Reading and Open Mic
Time: Dec 8, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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 Sinister Wisdom Book Club: Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo

Join our second Sinister Wisdom Book Club for a lively discussion of Shani Mootoo's Polar Vortex and the reveal of our third book club selection scheduled for discussion in February!
Join us on December 15th at 7 p.m. EST for a lively conversation and evening of lesbian camaraderie.

Topic: Sinister Wisdom Book Club: Polar Vortex
Time: Dec 15, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sinister Wisdom writing workshops!

Pinpointing the Visual in Writing for the Stage and Screen

A Sinister Wisdom Writer’s Workshop with Alexis Clements

Saturday, December 5th, 12PM EST

What the audience sees when watching a film or a play is sometimes even more important than the words they hear. But it's not always easy to balance dialogue, action, and visuals. In this workshop we'll do a few exercises to explore your ideas for the stage and screen through the visuals. The workshop will be led by writer and filmmaker Alexis Clements. A guest editor of Sinister Wisdom 101: Variations, Alexis has over a decade of experience writing for the stage and in the fall of 2019, she premiered her first film, a feature-length documentary about LGBTQ+ women's spaces and communities.

To sign up, email Casey at caseycatherinemoore@gmail.com 

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