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✨ Sinister Wisdom's Upcoming Events ✨

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

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

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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!

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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 to reserve your spot.

✨ 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! 
✨ 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.

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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. 


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:
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.
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.
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.
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