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Sinister Wisdom 119:
To Be a Jewish Dyke in the 21st Century

January 15, 2021

Dear Sisters,

I am thrilled to celebrate today the publication date of
Sinister Wisdom 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the 21st Century. Congratulations to co-editors Elana Dykewomon and Judith Katz on this milestone.

Sinister Wisdom 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the 21st Century features work by an array of Jewish lesbian writers and artists as well as cover art by Judith Masur. Elana writes that being a Jewish lesbians means to her "always to work with a commitment to intersectional justice. While Judith reflects, no matter how 'we envision our futures and reimagine our thing is certain: our commitments to making trouble and speaking up."

Sinister Wisdom 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the 21st Century is in the mail to all subscribers now. If you are a subscriber, you should receive your copy in January. If you do not have it by February 15th, let me know and I will investigate and replace as necessary. 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 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the 21st Century. Order it today. This issue will sell out quickly. Not subscribed but just want to have? You can order a single copy directly on this page: Sinister Wisdom 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the 21st Century. Hurry, though! I expect this issue to sell out quickly!

Reading Sinister Wisdom 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the 21st Century, you can join in this conversation with Elana and Judith and the many other writers gathered--and please make plans to join the launch event for this issue on Tuesday, January 26th at 8 p.m. ET via zoom. The complete zoom details are below. We are looking forward to a wonderful evening and hope that you can join us.

Great New Zoom Events Announced!

We have gotten such fantastic feedback about our zoom events during this pandemic period that we've added a bunch of additional zoom events this spring. I'll announce a few of them in this email and encourage everyone to check out our Sinister Wisdom events page where we will be listing everything as we finalize the events (and there are already some great teasers there for events in the works!)

First, next Wednesday - the evening of the inauguration - Sinister Wisdom is hosting its first "hot talk" which will give us time and space to speak together, intergenerationally, about this moment in our lesbian herstories. In this hour-long conversation, we will first listen as Joan Nestle and Sara Gregory, two Sinister Wisdom board members have a conversation about the moment, the inauguration, the Capitol attack, and everything else swirling in our collective worlds, then we will break into small break out rooms for about ten minutes to connect with one another and share our experiences from the day with each other. Finally, we will come back together as a group and check in. As usual, we will wrap up with a quick dance at our computers. My hope is that we have no more horrifying national eruptions in the United States between now and this event, but whatever happens we will gather on Wednesday, January 20th at 7 p.m. on zoom to share an hour in community together. I hope you will join us. More information - including link to register for zoom - is below and on the Facebook event.

On Tuesday, January 26th at 8 p.m. ET we will gather to celebrate this current issue of Sinister Wisdom. We have a chockerblock group of readers and are looking forward to a wonderful evening. Scroll down for all of the information about this event--and you can also find the information on Facebook.

On Tuesday, February 9th at 7 p.m. ET we will gather for our next book club discussion. For this meeting, we are reading and discussing Pamela Sneed's wonderful new book, Funeral Diva. Grab a copy from your favorite independent bookstore and join us for a lively discussion. More information is below!

On Sunday, February 14th at 7 p.m. ET we will host My Tongue Exact: An Erotic Reading & Open Mic with Sinister Wisdom. This reading and open mic will feature Valentine's Day erotica. We will have two or three featured speakers (include Rage Hezekiah who has confirmed, YAY!) followed by a two-minute open mic. Come with your wet, gushy, sexy words! Sign ups for the open mic are on a first come, first serve basis. To sign up, email Casey at to reserve your spot.

Then on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7 p.m. we will gather together to celebrate iconic lesbian poet and writer Irena Klepfisz. For an hour we will celebrate Klepfisz's work, hearing her read, listening in on a conversation with poet Rachel Levitsky, and then engaging with questions and tributes from the audience. Like our evening with Joan Nestle in November, this celebratory evening will be another event to remember. I hope that you can join us.

As I mentioned, we have more coming this spring, including another series of writing workshops and other events. Stay tuned, check your email, and check the website!

Contribute YOUR Writing to Sinister Wisdom!

Check out our new calls for contributions to the journal. We have two amazing special issues in the work, one on sex! and one on trans/feminisms. Check out the calls for contributions and send along your best work. As always Sinister Wisdom is open to general submissions of writing, art, and other offerings. You can always submit to Sinister Wisdom through Submittable.

As always: THANK YOU!

Whatever ways you support 
Sinister Wisdom, know that it makes a difference and that I and the full board of Sinister Wisdom appreciate your support for the organization and the work that we do. We cannot wait to see you on zoom this winter and spring and hear your feedback on our great new issue of Sinister Wisdom, Sinister Wisdom 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the 21st Century.

As always, thank you for all that you do for Sinister Wisdom and for lesbians in the world.

In sisterhood,


Julie R. Enszer  PhD
Editor and Publisher, Sinister Wisdom

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.
"Hot Talks: In the Moment of Change." Join us to process, strategize, and vent about the current political climate.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 7 PM EST

An Intergenerational Conversation between Joan Nestle and Sara Gregory on US Inauguration Day. Join us for a conversation between Joan and Sara, followed by break out rooms to talk with other lesbians about the events of the day and this moment in our lives, a report back, and a final dance together to The L Word.
For this event we are testing the zoom registration function. Please register and join us.Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Check out our Facebook event for more information.
Sinister Wisdom 119 Launch Event featuring 
readings by Elana Dykewomon, Bonnie S. Kaplan, Judith Katz,
 Irena Klepfisz, R.D. Landau, Dr. Yael Mishali, Ellen Rifkin, Mira Schlosberg, Amy Horowitz
and tova.
(Photos and bios of speakers are below!)

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 @ 8:00pm EST

Here is the full information to join the Zoom Reading:

Sinister Wisdom 119 Launch Event
Time: Jan 26, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 883 5737 1231
Passcode: 386716
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Check out the Facebook event page!
Elana Dykewomon was an editor of Sinister Wisdom from 1987-1994, is the author of eight books of fiction and poetry, and is currently writing a play about lesbian love, dementia, right to die, caretaking and community, honoring her late spouse, Susan Levinkind. She is grateful for all these years of lesbian inter-connection. 
Mira Schlosberg is a writer, comics artist, and editor whose work focuses on queer experiences, Jewish mysticism, and ecotheology. Her new graphic novella, Kugel Western, is forthcoming from Glom Press in 2021. You can find her on twitter @miraschlosberg.
Bonnie S. Kaplan is a Pushcart-nominated poet and educator whose work appears in numerous journals and anthologies including Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology. Her poem, “Mastectomy, Simple,” is a finalist for the Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review. She lives and works in Los Angeles. 
A 21st-century Jewish lesbian from a working-class background, tova writes, lectures and takes photographs. She does communication work on equity issues for the University of Oregon. She and her partner/spouse of 33+ years live in Eugene; their son is a professional ballet dancer, so they see lots of shows.
Judith Katz is the author of, Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound, which won a Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction in 1992, and The Escape Artist. She lives in Minneapolis. just a few miles from the block where George Floyd was murdered last May.
Dr. Yael Mishali is a feminist/queer writer, activist and performer. She is a Gender Studies lecturer in both Tel Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, as well as a member of the organizing committee of the largest Israeli conference devoted to LGBT studies and queer theory – ‘An Other Sex.’ 
Irena Klepfisz is a poet, teacher, Yiddish translator, researcher
of Yiddish women writers and intellectuals, and lesbian-feminist activist.  A bilingual edition of her collected poems (with some prose) will be published in Poland in 2021.  She recently completed a new collection of poetry, tentatively titled:  Her birth and Later YearsPoems 1990-2020.  
R.D. Landau is the editorial assistant for the Jewish News Of Northern California. Her work has appeared in Diabolical Plots, Entropy and Star 82 Review.
Ellen Rifkin lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she leads a yiddish vinkl and is active in her local chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice,  She says friends, forests, music and meditation sustain her.  
Amy Horowitz worked as Sweet Honey In The Rock’s artist representative, won a Grammy, co-founded Roadwork and Sisterfire, and teaches and writes about Jerusalem, Mizrahi culture, and music in disputed territory. She is Israel Studies Senior Fellow at Indiana University and works with Navajo Technical University.
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:
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 859 5646 9109
Passcode: 125308
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Endangered Sites of Diversity with
the National Trust for Historic Preservatio
Join us on January 19, 2021 (12-1:00pm PST) for a free (donations accepted) webinar on the future of the Lyon-Martin House in San Francisco. This event is part of the Endangered Sites of Diversity Series, cosponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, California Preservation Foundation, and the GLBT Historical Society.

We’ll discuss the history of the house, updates on the Landmarking in progress, and news about upcoming hearings and needs for community support. You can register here.

CPF’s Diversity Series with the National Trust for Historic Preservation highlights endangered California sites, two of which are currently named on the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list. Since 1988, the annual list publishes information about the imminent threats facing the nation’s greatest treasures
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