Perhaps one of the greatest evenings I have had during this shelter in place was the night of the Sinister Wisdom 116: Making Connections Zoom Reading. With over 100 people in attendance through our Zoom room and Facebook, it was an extraordinary evening celebrating the current issue of Sinister Wisdom and reminding us why lesbian literature and culture is so vitally important. Thank you for your support of Sinister Wisdom at this difficult and challenging time in our collective human history.
I am continuing to “shelter in place” in our home and the office of Sinister Wisdom in Dover, Florida. While Florida is starting to partially reopen, we plan to keep our solitary practices for at least another month and likely six more weeks, fearing that the relaxing of the quarantine and shelter in place practices will lead to another outbreak threatening the most vulnerable among us. It is a challenge of course knowing what to do and how to do it and recognizing that our ability to shelter in place is a privilege and relies on the labor and lives of others who must work. I hope you are finding ethical and meaningful practices at this difficult time in our world.
Often the month of May is dedicated to onboarding some new interns for Sinister Wisdom. Right now, I am wrapping up work with a few interns and do not have any interns scheduled for the summer period. I will say, though, people appear for Sinister Wisdom. People always appear to tackle the tasks that we have for the journal (and I have a long list of summer tasks that I hope will be accomplished!)
Later this month, I am excited for our online memorial for Shewolf/Jean Boudreaux. I met Jean when I first moved to Florida and she was, even living in an independent living apartment complex, a force of nature. All of us at Sinister Wisdom are excited to celebrate her life and legacy at the end of this month.
I’ve done less reading this month than in months past. The stress of the pandemic, I suppose. I did finally finish Bernadine Evaristo’s award-winning book Girl. Woman. Other.I cannot commend it to you highly enough; it is an extraordinary book about women, families, and sisterhood. Well worth your time and a pleasure on every page. I also read Maureen Seaton’s fantastic new book of poetry, Sweet World; Seaton’s poems are as always luminous. Sweet World includes poems about her cancer treatment that are heartbreaking and moving. I highly recommend this book and her work. The Jewish Book Council asked me to review Dola De Jong’s book The Tree and the Vine. This mid-century book about lesbian obsession is really a fantastic gem. It is coming out in a new edition and I encourage you to look for it. In my forthcoming review, I compare it to Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood. If you loved Nightwood, read The Tree and the Vine.
As always, thanks for supportingSinister Wisdom. It makes a huge difference. I know that these are precarious financial times for everyone, but part of my work is to ask you to continue your support for Sinister Wisdom. If you are able to renew your subscription, please do. If you can give a gift subscription to someone, great; send me a note with her name and address and we will get copies posted immediately. If you can make a charitable contribution to Sinister Wisdom, thank you. Your support makes this work possible.
Do take care of yourself—and take care of those around you. In addition to sisterhood, I wish you health and wellness and strength and love.
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Shewolf (Dr. Jean Boudreaux) Remembrance Gathering:Tuesday, May 26 @ 7 pm Eastern
(6PM Central, 5PM Mountain, 4PM Pacific)
Join us on Zoom to share tributes and remembrances of Dr. Jean Boudreaux, known to Landykes as Shewolf, revered for the six editions she published of Shewolf's Directory of Wimmin's Lands, begun as she was traveling to women's lands after retiring in 1985. We have speakers to share their memories of Shewolf and Alexis Clements will be showing selections from her recent video interview with Shewolf. Here's the link to the Zoom meeting: ttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/81185783952?pwd=RFFrRGgrVWJTQ3ZtSTQxV1lyNi9SZz09
Meeting ID: 811 8578 3952
More information forthcoming about speakers and details of joining the Zoom Remembrance gathering on Tuesday, May 26th at 7 p.m. ET. Plan to join us!