Where are lesbian voices speaking, agitating, organizing, consoling, nurturing, challenging and soothing? Where are lesbian voices telling the stories of lesbian lives, of lesbian struggles for existence, autonomy, independence, and joy? Where are lesbians voicing the pleasures and dangers, glories and challenges of women’s lives around the world? Where are lesbian voices negotiating continually evolving identities of lesbian, queer, gay, butch, femme, stud, kiki, and a thousand other words we use to express our experiences and our lives? Lesbian voices are strongly, defiantly, resiliently, and rebelliously within the pages of Sinister Wisdom.
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For more than forty years, Sinister Wisdom has published creative work by lesbians that resists, ignites and inspires us to build a new world—a world with more justice, more peace, and more prosperity for all. We build that world in our imaginations, supported by our literary and artistic cultural creations, then voice it into being. Sinister Wisdom thrives because lesbian voices endure and thrive.I am writing to you today to ask you to subscribe and donate to Sinister Wisdom to receive an exciting year of issues conceived and designed to nurture and embolden lesbians’ voices for the struggles in front of us.
Four times each year, Sinister Wisdom publishes thoughtful, beautiful, provocative and important issues; issues are released on the fifteenth of the first month of each quarter. Sinister Wisdom has a stellar line up for 2020. On January 15th, 2020 Sinister Wisdom will publish Sinister Wisdom 115: Lesbians Learning. This issue gathers some of the best new writing by lesbians on the subject of learning throughout our lifetimes; you want to read this issue. Three more issues will be published in 2020: one on April 15, one on July 15, 2020, and one on October 15th, 2020. One of the issues will be the fifth installment in the Southern lesbian-feminist activist herstory project. Regular readers know the intrepid group of southern lesbian writers preserving their own herstory; this fifth issue, in a series of six issues (the final issue will be published by Sinister Wisdom in 2022), focuses on communities of bookstores and publishers active in the US south during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Another of the issues will be a very special new book by Judy Grahn. You do not want to miss this one! I have been working with Judy on the manuscript and it is incredible. There are so many amazing issues scheduled for 2020, I want you to have them ALL!
Sinister Wisdom’s publishing work continues and continues to grow in ambition and reach. This is ONLY possible through the support of our subscribers and donors.
Beyond 2020, more great issues are planned, including incredible new Sapphic Classics by Chocolate Waters, Jane Verlaine, and (fingers crossed!) Paula Gunn Allen. Guest editors are lined up through 2022 working on special issues of Sinister Wisdom covering topics like a celebration of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, Jewish Lesbians, Asian Lesbians, Dis/abled Lesbians, and of course the final installment of southern lesbian-feminist activist herstory. For subscribers to Sinister Wisdom, lesbian voices arrive at your door—every single quarter.
There is no limit to what Sinister Wisdom can produce. Sinister Wisdom, in conjunction with new volunteers and interns, is always cooking up new projects. Our podcast, Spoken Violets, just launched this fall, conceived and executed by an intern. (Thanks to Nadine Rodriguez for their extraordinary work on the project.) Do subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast platform. We have more episodes planned! Each year we do a special lesbian badge to celebrate lesbian voices. Many people adore the wall calendar. (Thanks to Sara Gregory for her amazing work on it!) In fact, if you subscribe to Sinister Wisdom today as a supporter with a gift of $50 for a one-year subscription or $100 for a two-year subscription, I will send you a copy of our 2020 wall calendar, featuring all new work by lesbian artists, for FREE.
What do you think of Sinister Wisdom's issue 114: A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant? Her prose and poetry are forces to be reckoned with and we're so excited to share her legacy with Sinister Wisdom's supporters. Not a subscriber but interested in purchasing a copy? Click here to buy A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant.
Language As City: Beth Brant in Detroit
Sinister Wisdom's editor, Julie R. Enszer, wrote a beautiful piece for Ms. Magazine about how knowing Beth Brant "helped [her] peer inside what it meant to be a writer, not the operations of it, the details of publishing, but the spirit and commitment to it."
This Sapphic Classic is not only deeply meaningful to Julie, but also to the rest of us. Beth Brant's work is an essential piece of indigenous lesbian herstory, and Sinister Wisdom is devoted to preserving it.
"I am mesmerized by Beth Brant and her work. Thank you so much for this edition! I’m trying not to burn through it too fast; this is one I want to savor." – Sinister Wisdom subscriber
If you're in San Francisco on November 14th, plan to attend the Beth Brant Book Launch with Sinister Wisdom at the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center of San Francisco Public Library. The event will feature readers Qwo-Li Driskill, Lourdes Figueroa, Jennifer Foerster, Elena Gross, Thea Matthews Kim, and Shuck Lisa Tatonetti. Come out and celebrate Beth Brant's work and legacy! More information about the event is available on Facebook here.