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October 15, 2019

Dear Sinister Wisdom Sisters,

The wait is over! The newest issue of Sinister Wisdom is a Sapphic Classic titled Sinister Wisdom 114: A Generous Spirit Selected Work by Beth Brant. The issue has been published, mailed, and should be in your mailboxes if not now in the next few weeks!I am so excited for you to have this issue. When you receive your copy, share your love for lesbian literature and send me a picture with you holding up your copy of Sinister Wisdom 114: A Generous Spirit Selected Work by Beth Brant so I can post them on our social media channels!
Sinister Wisdom 114: A Generous Spirit Selected Work by Beth Brant is a collection of writing by Mohawk lesbian poet, essayist, and activist Beth Brant. During her life, Brant’s work gave voice to an often unacknowledged Two-Spirit identity, and today, her words represent continued strength, growth, and connection in the face of deep suffering. A Generous Spirit is Brant’s portrait of survival and empathy at the intersection of Native American and lesbian experience.

Sinister Wisdom 114: A Generous Spirit Selected Work by Beth Brant is out now! Most subscribers along with those of you who pre-ordered individual copies should receive your copy this month. If you do not have a copy in your hands after October 31st, send me an email and I will investigate and ensure that you receive a copy as soon as possible.

If you’re not a subscriber, there’s still time to get a copy of Sinister Wisdom 114: A Generous Spirit Selected Work by Beth Brant in your hands! Order a single copy here or subscribe to Sinister Wisdom today for a year’s worth of issues!

This issue is very special to me because I knew Beth when I lived in Detroit, Michigan. She was an important writer that I met in my 20s who shaped my passion for and commitment to lesbian literature. I am thrilled to share this book of her wonderful work with the world.

In addition to publishing this new issue, it has been a busy month at Sinister Wisdom. I finished the annual accounting in preparation for filing our taxes as a non-profit organization. I'm working away on the January issue of Sinister Wisdom as well as planning for all four of our issues in 2020. The Sinister Wisdom fall fundraising campaign will launch in two weeks or so. I hope that you will think about making a gift to support Sinister Wisdom's publishing activities in 2020 over the next few weeks. I'll send out more information about our fall fundraising campaign via email and in the mail soon, but I just wanted to plant the seed: think about how you can support Sinister Wisdom as a lesbian publisher and organization in the next month.

I've been reading a fair bit as usual. I can recommend strong Carmen Maria Machado's new memoir, In the Dream House. This beautiful memoir grapples with power, control, and domestic violence in lesbian relationships. It's a challenging and wonderful book. Check it out.

Thank you for all of the wonderful ways you support Sinister Wisdom! I appreciate the chorus of voices within the pages of Sinister Wisdom and behind the scenes.

In sisterhood,

Julie

Julie R. Enszer, Editor and Publisher
Sinister Wisdom

P.S. Keep scrolling to the bottom for lots of great information from Sinister Wisdom and items we have gleaned in our wanderings about the world.
The year is nearly over, which means it's time to purchase a new calendar for 2020! Sinister Wisdom 2020 calendar features fantastic queer artists with a variety of artistic styles. Want a preview of some of the work featured? Click here to check them out!  

As an important part of our year-end fundraiser, the Sinister Wisdom 2020 calendar does more than enrich busy schedules and thrill the eye; the calendar is a vital part of what keeps the journal thriving. Order a copy of the calendar TODAY! Just $15 + $4.20 shipping and handling!

The Sinister Wisdom blank book, titled Notes for a Revolution, is 144 blank pages with inspiring quotations for women and plenty of space for writing. The pages are 5 inches wide by 8.5 inches tall. The dimensions of the book with the spiral binding are 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches. Notes for a Revolution mails in a box with padding to ensure that it arrives in excellent condition. Notes for a Revolution is available to all for just $14 plus postage of $2.75. I hope that you will consider giving these beautiful, coil-bound notebooks as gifts throughout the next year!

Did you know that Sinister Wisdom offers two different kinds of residencies for individuals interested in assisting the journal? We have two different kinds, Residential Internships and Creative Endeavors Residencies. We offer a space to live and work in exchange for 10-30 hours of work a week, depending on the residency. 

Residential Internships are ideal for students of undergraduate studies or early graduate programs while the Creative Endeavors Residency is perfect for working artists and writers doing ambitious projects that engage lesbians and lesbian communities in substantive ways. If you're interested in becoming one of Sinister Wisdom's interns, click the button below to learn more about what we offer!
Residencies

Sinister Wisdom Lesbian Resistance Badges

Do you have a denim jacket, hat, or another article of clothing in dire need of lesbian patches? Do you want the world to know that lesbian resistance is alive and well? Then you should order Sinister Wisdom's badges to gay-ify all your clothes! They're only $2.50 each, so why not buy 5 of them? (Or one for every denim piece of clothing you own). Submit your order before we run out!

🌸 Sinister + Sapphic News 🌸 

All We've Got Trailer  
Alexis Clements, filmmaker and featured editor of Sinister Wisdom 101: Variations, has a new exciting film that explores how LGBTQ women spaces have managed to survive despite the pressures of structural inequality. You can read more about Clements' experience working on the film and Variations here.

All We've Got's world premium is happening in New York City at NewFest, the cities LGBTQ film festival, on October 25th and the 27th. Click here to purchase your tickets!
Are you a lesbian Veteran? Researches at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System are looking for lesbian and queer women Veterans to participate in a confidential, web-based questionnaire every 9 months for approximately 2 years (for a total of 4 questionnaires). All research activities are completed online with the intent to improve Veteran health. For more information, please click here.
"The Archivettes" Trailer
Megan Rossman's acclaimed film THE ARCHIVETTES explores the origins of The Lesbian Herstory Archives, the world's largest collection of materials by and about lesbians. Co-founded by Deborah Edel and Joan Nestle, the archives have been used for professional and personal research.

This incredible film is a tribute to second-wave feminism and exploration of intergenerational connection. It's premiering at NewFest on October 27th and is currently available to purchase for booking events.
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