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March 20, 2020

Dear Sisters,

I hope that this email finds you well and thriving in these difficult and unusual times in the United States and around the globe. My family and I are sheltering in place in our home in Dover, Florida where the world-wide headquarters of Sinister Wisdom is. We spend our days working remotely and playing with the three Saint Bernards with whom share our home and our strong-headed cat, Vita. I am thinking about all of you and hope that you are safe and well and looking forward to reading the next issue of Sinister Wisdom! (It is in the mail!) Sinister Wisdom is open for business at this time of shutdowns and quarantines; I hope that our schedule and production will not be obstructed by the current challenges but I will update you if they are.

Now - onto our usual email - a cover reveal of Sinister Wisdom 116: Making Connections!

The Southern United States is often characterized as a dangerous place for queer folk, a reputation that overshadows the herstorical legacy of lesbian activisms that has existed there for decades. 

Sinister Wisdom 116: Making Connections is the fifth issue of Sinister Wisdom's series of work edited by the Southern Lesbian Feminist Activist Herstory Project, documenting the vital lesbian-feminist activism that proliferated in the US South during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Sinister Wisdom 116: Making Connections details the extensive networking of lesbian booksellers, publishers, writing groups, and newsletter through engaging interviews, first-person narratives, and innovative graphic timelines.

Researched & written by the Southern Lesbian Feminist Activist Herstory Project, Sinister Wisdom 116: Making Connections features herstory about lesbian presses and two graphic timelines that document newsletter publications and Feminist Bookstores in the South.

This fantastic issue of Sinister Wisdom officially publishes on April 15, 2020. It is already in the mail to subscribers from our mail house in Baltimore, MD, so expect to receive it soon if you are a subscriber!

Not a subscriber to Sinister WisdomClick here to purchase a journal subscription! A Sinister Wisdom subscription secures one or two years of Sinister Wisdom, four beautiful published each year filled with unique issues of contemporary lesbian writing and artwork delivered right to your home. If you subscribe today, your subscription will start with Sinister Wisdom 116: Making ConnectionsOrder it today. This issue will sell out quickly.

Not subscribed but just want to have Sinister Wisdom 116: Making Connections? Purchase your own individual copy here.

Whether you’re a one time purchaser, new subscriber, or long-time patron, I am excited for you to have this gorgeous issue of the journal!

A big heartfelt thank you to all of our subscribers and supporters of Sinister Wisdom. The journal would not be possible without you! Thank you, too, to Cassidy who has been putting together excellent email newsletters with me for the past few months, often responding immediately to emails that I dash off saying OMIGOSH! We need another email newsletter! Cassidy, I appreciate your commitment to Sinister Wisdom and working with you!

To all reading, may you have a blessing of time and grace while we shelter in place and may we all enjoy the sun together again when we can emerge.

In sisterhood,


Julie R. Enszer, PhD
Editor and Publisher, Sinister Wisdom

✨ Sinister Wisdom News

We're excited to announce that A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant is a finalist for the Publishing Triangle's Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction! Congratulations to all the other finalists!

This award is in addition to being a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award! We could not be more thrilled at these posthumous honors for Beth Brant and Janice Gould.
If you haven't ordered Sinister Wisdom 114: A Generous Spirit, order it today! We think you will be delighted!

Also, this period of social distancing to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus is a great time to catch up on your reading! You can also read from the Sinister Wisdom archives by downloading PDFs of issues here. You can order back issues of Sinister Wisdom here.
Finally, as you are looking for good lesbian, feminist reading material, all of us at Sinister Wisdom encourage you to order online from feminist bookstores. With the current shutdowns, we know that small businesses will suffer, and we encourage you to support feminist, independent bookstores. Some bookstores for your consideration with links to their online shopping portals are:
Charis Books & More in Atlanta, Georgia
A Room of One's Own in Madison, Wisconsin
Bookwoman in Austin, TX
Violet Valley in Water Valley, Mississippi
Women & Children First in Chicago, Illinois
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