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✨ Sinister Wisdom's February Events
Plus a note from Julie
about
Sinister Wisdom 119 ✨

Monday, 8 February 2021

Sisters,

I'll confess, pandemic quarantine is wearing on me. Yes, I love all of the reading that I am doing, and yes, it is a pleasure to have time and space to do great work on Sinister Wisdom, but I am tiring of it all--and still waiting on the vaccine. That said, I am thrilled to share this Sinister Wisdom update with you. The good stuff is all of our February (and March!) events, but first the sober note about the status of subscriber copies of Sinister Wisdom 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the Twenty-First Century.
I wish your copy of this beautiful issue was in your hands, but unless you live outside of the United States or are one of the precious few subscribers who has received it, your copy is delayed. I've had many conversations with our mail house. They assure me that the copies in their trusty mailing packages are not lost. They are SIGNIFICANTLY delayed, however. I estimate that about 95% of our subscribers have not received their copies. I am deeply sorry for this situation. Here is what we know: the USPS has hired an additional 10,000 workers to get the mail out of the "annexes" where the overload went during the holiday season. They expect to get through the backlog in the next few weeks and mail should be flowing. My fingers and toes are crossed. I ask for your patience with the hope that copies will start popping up around the country by the end of February. I am going to assess with the mail house the situation in early March. I have set aside money to reprint the issue and remail the issue if it comes to that. Everyone will receive their subscriber copy of Sinister Wisdom 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the Twenty-First Century. It is just going to take a while.
In the mean time, while you are waiting, there are lots of ways to connect with the Sinister Wisdom community in February. I want to invite you personally to join us for:
  • The Sinister Wisdom Book Club discussion of Pamela Sneed's Funeral Diva will happen tomorrow (Tuesday!) night. Please join us! Full information is below.
  • On Sunday, Valentine's Day!, join us for a special reading My Tongue Exact: An Erotic Reading and Open Mic. More information is below. There are still a few open mic slots left, you can reserve yours by emailing caseycatherinemoore@gmail.com.
  • On Tuesday, February 23rd, we have a fabulous tribute event with the inimitable Irena Klepfisz. Irena will read poems from her new poetry manuscript (as well as old favorite poems) and be in conversation with Rachel Levitsky. This event will be phenomenal. Mark your calendars to join us.
  • On Saturday, February 27th, the writing workshops return with a fabulous new workshop offered by Brianna Dym on Fanfic, Lesfic, and Literature. Information about how to sign up is below.
Looking ahead to March, we have two amazing events already scheduled. Our second Hot Talk on Tuesday, March 2nd will feature Cheryl Clarke and Shakira Refos speaking across generations to talk about identities, particularly lesbian and queer. On Tuesday, March 16th, we will welcome Minnie Bruce Pratt to celebrate her new collection MAGNIFIED. (You can go ahead and purchase your copy NOW from Charis Books & More and through a special arrangement with Sinister Wisdom, your copy will be signed by Minnie Bruce Pratt. Please order now and support Charis!)
There is so much goodness in our Sinister Wisdom events. We have great readers, share laughs, bask in lesbian community, and do a little dancing. I hope you will join us. We are tracking events and updating information, including zoom links on this page: www.sinisterwisdom.org/events. Please bookmark it and check back often!
Also, one final request, it would be swell if you would share this email with a few friends who might be interested in joining Sinister Wisdom events and knowing more about the journal. The best way for us to grow the Sinister Wisdom community is when people like you share our work. I encourage you to forward this email to a friend or two with a note telling them why Sinister Wisdom interests you! Thanks for your support amid the pandemic pandemonium!

In sisterhood,

Julie

Julie R. Enszer  PhD
Editor and Publisher, Sinister Wisdom
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P.S. Thank you all for your continued support of Sinister Wisdom and our community, and inspiring us to find new ways of creating community with each other. As always, Sinister Wisdom is sustained by your subscriptionsdonations, back issues purchases, and support of the journal. Thank you, and we looking forward to “seeing” you all at our upcoming events.
The next Sinister Wisdom book club will take place on Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 @ 7pm EST. We'll be discussing Funeral Diva by Pamela Sneed, which you can order here from Charis Books. We're so excited to hear your thoughts about this fabulous book!

Here is the zoom information for this gathering:
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My Tongue Exact: An Erotic Reading & Open Mic with Sinister Wisdom
 
Sunday, February 14th 7pm EST

Join Sinister Wisdom for a special Valentine's Day erotica reading and open mic! We will have featured speakers to open our event followed by a 2 minute open mic, where we want you to come with your wet, gushy, sexy words! Sign ups for the open mic are on a first come, first serve basis. To sign up you must email Casey at caseycatherinemoore@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

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Sinister Wisdom Tribute to Irena Klepfisz in conversation with Rachel Levitsky

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 @ 7:00pm EST


Join us for an incredible special evening with readings from Irena Klepfisz of poems new and beloved as well as a wonderful conversation between Irena and Rachel Levitsky. This is an evening not to be missed.
 
Here is the full information to join the Zoom Reading:


Topic: Tribute to Irena Klepfisz in conversation with Rachel Levitsky
Time: Feb 23, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Celebrating Minnie Bruce Pratt's New Poetry Collection Magnified
March 16, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Minnie Bruce Pratt to celebrate her new collection MAGNIFIED.
Purchase your copy of MAGNIFIED NOW from Charis Books & More
and through a special arrangement with Sinister Wisdom,
your copy will be signed by Minnie Bruce Pratt. Please order now and support Charis!

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✨ Sinister Wisdom
✨ Spring 2021 Writing Workshop Series 

Sinister Wisdom is thrilled to announce our line up of writing workshops. Sign up now - for individual classes or for the whole series. Participation fee for each one hour workshop is a sliding scale donation of $6-25 per workshop.
 

Registration available at www.sinisterwisdom.org/writingworkshops !

 

Fanfic, Lesfic, and Literature: Remembering our History with Queer Storytelling

A Sinister Wisdom Writer’s Workshop with Brianna Dym

Saturday, February 27th, 12PM EST

 

 

From the Xena Uber to the Great Lesbian Migration, fanfiction has always played an important role in shaping lesbian literature. For this workshop, join us in uncovering the historical connections between queer women's fandom and the world of publishing. For over 50 years, fandom and fanfiction has been a space for writers to critique the absence of women in books, movies, and televisions shows, while also offering a space for queer women to explore sapphic themes either absent or written out of popular media. We will draw from popular tropes and writing conventions employed in fandom to generate some of our own creative works. By examining what fanfiction centers (characters and their relationships), we will imagine stories of our own that can do the same, while also discussing why character-driven narratives are so impactful and important to lesbian literature.

 

Brianna Dym is a 4th year Information Science PhD student at CU Boulder. She works with Dr. Casey Fiesler in the Internet Rules Lab studying marginalized online communities and how they leverage technology to empower themselves. Her research into fan communities has focused on LGBTQ+ means of mentorship and empowerment through fanfiction and organizing support groups online.

 

Sowing Your Seeds

A Sinister Wisdom Writer’s Workshop with Cassie Premo Steele

Saturday, March 13th, 12PM EST

 

 

Dig in the dirt. Get grounded. Sow your seeds. In this workshop combining mindfulness practices, ecofeminist poetry, and practical stress reduction techniques, participants will use the energy of spring to write more deeply and fruitfully. All writing prompts will be body-positive and queer and lesbian embracing, and no one will be asked to share their writing. 

 

Cassie Premo Steele is a lesbian and ecofeminist author of 16 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction who has taught writing classes for many years using a unique method that creates safe space and nurtures supportive community. www.cassiepremosteele.com 

 

Writing the Fantastical: A Sinister Wisdom Generative Fiction Workshop

with Stephanie Andrea Allen

Saturday, April 10th, 2021 12pm ET

 

 

The purpose of this workshop is to help lesbian and queer writers generate ideas for fiction writing, including long and short form stories. Writers will read and discuss one or two stories, (circulated before the workshop), and spend time generating ideas from writing prompts. While writers may write in whatever genre they choose, the workshop will focus on speculative fiction by exploring the ways in which the quotidian might inspire the fantastical. Stephanie Andrea Allen, Ph.D. is a Black lesbian writer, scholar, and publisher. Her work can be found in various online and print publications, and her collection of speculative short fiction, How to Dispatch a Human: Stories and Suggestions, is forthcoming March 2021 from BLF Press. 







 

Coming Back to Your Senses: Writing with Awareness

A Sinister Wisdom Writer’s Workshop with Nickole Brown

Saturday, May 8th, 12PM EST

 

With so much of our lives spent in the disembodied world online, this poetry intensive will focus on reconnecting you to your senses, encouraging greater awareness of yourself and your environment, and strengthening your poems by helping them sing with the texture of the well-observed world. Through a combination of close-readings of writers both old and new, generative exercises, and traditional workshops, this generative session will help writers refresh their senses and descriptive powers through a deep practice of awareness and an unflinching dedication to scrubbing away one’s preconceived notions of a thing in order to see it anew.  

 

Nickole Brown received her MFA from the Vermont College, studied literature at Oxford University, and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She worked at Sarabande Books for ten years. She’s the author of Sister, first published in 2007 with a new edition reissued in 2018. Her second book, Fanny Says (BOA Editions), won the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry in 2015. The audiobook of that collection became available in 2017. Currently, she teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program and the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA. She lives with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs, in Asheville, NC, where she volunteers at two different animal sanctuaries. A chapbook about those animals called To Those Who Were Our First Gods won the 2018 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and a long sequence called The Donkey Elegies was published as a chapbook by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020.



 

All About Love: The Art of Crafting Love Poetry

A Sinister Wisdom Writer’s Workshop with Marlee Miller 

Saturday, June 5th,12pm EST

 


This workshop will focus on the age-old tradition of crafting love poems. People have written extensively about love since the beginning of time. So how do we write about a subject in a way that resonates if it’s the most popular one being explored by artists in any medium? In this workshop, we will do exercises that respond to the different experiences and sensations associated with love in all the various forms it comes in. In many ways, the English language is limited in its vocabulary for all the different types of love that exist. Whether it be platonic, romantic, familial, or even a love one might have for a physical place...that’s where our writing comes in. This workshop will be led by Marlee Miller. She is a writer and performance artist who draws inspiration for her work from love, dreams, social justice, mental illness, and the process of exploring identity. Marlee is a VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation) alum and her love poems have appeared in Issue 117 of Sinister Wisdom. Link to Marlee’s Website: https://www.marleemilart.com

✨ Call for Submissions ✨

Deadline: September 22, 2021
 
Guest edited by July Westhale and Kristy Lin Billuni, we welcome queer identities of all stripes in this call. Here are some Examples of what we’re looking for: creative writing about teaching your queer friends how to get themselves off, art about reclaiming sexuality through education/empowerment, stories of how the sex work hustle taught you more about your own sexuality (and taught you to teach others, too), etc etc. Click here for more information about what we're looking for and how to submit!
Deadline: April 15th, 2021

Trans/Feminisms is dedicated to exploring and celebrating transness. We seek work that appeals to and from transness in a range of mediums: interdisciplinary, genre-bending poetry, fiction, transcribed interviews, manifestos, essays, historical and theoretical deep dives, comic strips, visual art, photography, and beyond. Interviews, oral histories, intergenerational conversations, and collaborations are especially encouraged. Click here to find out more about what we're looking for and how to submit! 
Exciting Events in the Community 
Lesbian Voices Persist and Prevail: A FREE Zoom event for authors and readers of lesbian literature. The event will take place Friday - Sunday on February 26 - 28th, 2021.

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2021 for Author Submissions

Click here for FREE Conference Registration. This event is presented by the LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport, FL Library. Check out the event details here.
The Southern Lesbian Feminist Activist Herstory Project Panel for ReadOut will be on Saturday, February 27 from 10:30 am until 1:00 pm Eastern time. Stay tuned for more information about this reading and panel.
Aunt Lute Books and POC United, with the support of the California Arts Council, will host a series of virtual events in 2021 (details below) to build a POC literary community independent from the disproportionately white publishing industry.
 

Virtual event information 

Event #1: Prepping to Publish workshop (February 20th - 21st)
  • Geared toward marginalized writers who may lack access to MFA programs, workshops, and conferences, Prepping to Publish will walk students through tightening up and formatting their polished pieces, writing submission emails and query letters, and figuring out where to submit. Instructor Sonora Jha will select 8 to 12 students based on the quality of their submissions, and students will leave the course with a formatted manuscript, a critiqued query letter, and a tailored list of editors, journals, and publishing houses that might be a good home for their work.
  • MORE INFO
Event #2: Panel discussion: Creating our Own "Table" (April 7th)
  • Many marginalized writers celebrate the moment that they receive “a seat at the table,” and this is quite often their goal. Yet, others of us believe that having a seat at the table is another way of waiting to be included or invited to attend, thereby still centering whiteness. This panel will focus on writers of color who are creating their own tables, including Tongo Eisen Martin, Tara Betts, and Neelanjana Banerjee.
  • MORE INFO
Event #3: Reading: Isolation (May 13th)
  • This reading by writers of color will feature poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on the theme of 'Isolation'. Since the onset of the global pandemic in 2020, isolation has been, for good or bad, a major feature of life for many people across the world. In this 90-minute event, writers of color will share works honoring the pain, joy, injustice, comfort, and trauma of isolation. Readers are to be announced in March, 2021.
  • MORE INFO
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