August 23, 2018


Election season is coming, and Sinister Wisdom's 2018 Lesbian Resistance Package is just in time! Three amazing back issues from the Sinister Wisdom archive to nurture, inspire, arouse, and enrage you as we move into the 2018 election season.
Lesbians from lower-class backgrounds, poor, working-poor, and working-class, edited Sinister Wisdom 45: Lesbians & Class. The issues range from rural to urban; Sinister Wisdom 45: Lesbians & Class features many womyn from many different backgrounds, and tells stories of poverty and classism's impact on lesbian lives. 
Sinister Wisdom 46: Dyke Lives is dedicated to be a community space for dykes all over. This issue wants to see trouble, sharpen the edges of dissatisfaction into action, suspect its own comfort and compromises, and see the patriarchy end.
Sinister Wisdom 62: Lesbian Writers on Writing and Reading celebrates Lesbians' passion for words, the magic of language, and the power of our literature to reshape the world. Our words are precious. As Lesbians, our literature - the writing and the reading of it - is not a pastime or a hobby. It saves our lives. The Lesbians in this issue of Sinister Wisdom have written eloquently about how their writing is essential to their existence. This issue provides a necessary balm for the days ahead as the election approaches.

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Sinister Wisdom 106: The Lesbian Body, edited by Tara Shea Burke, documents how struggles, interactions, and words shape the relationship lesbians have with their bodies and physical selves. This issue was such a hit that we quickly sold out! That's right, it is now a collectors copy!

But did you know Sinister Wisdom has an earlier Lesbian Body Issue?

If you loved the 106, you’ll love what inspired it: Sinister Wisdom 49, the original Lesbian Body Issue!


Interested in a copy of this early issue?
Order Sinister Wisdom 49: The Lesbian Body here!

As always, we are happy to send single issues, but look through our other back issues here while you're at it! We are happy to give you a deal on back issue orders! Just email with what interests you!

Gearing up for the school year?

Teaching feminist periodicals—and giving students a book—is joyful. Sinister Wisdom provides free classroom sets of back issues with carefully curated reading and teaching guides for your students or reading group!

Giving students free books brings them pleasure, particularly working class and poor students for whom purchasing books and class materials can be a hardship. Giving students a feminist periodical opens a world of creativity to them; it invites them to see themselves as creators of meaning in the world just like the women who published, edited, and wrote for feminist periodicals.

These books are a gift to you from the Women’s Liberation Movement. Now you can never say feminism did not give you anything!!

Guides for your class and/or reading group are available for issues 32, 36, 43/44, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 54, and 58.

Guides include summaries, discussion questions, and class activities to give readers a sense of the rich context of each issue. Get your students or reading group involved with lesbian herstory this Fall!

To find out more about reading guides, click here. For teaching guides, here!  If you’re an instructor, email for your set!

Memorial for Sinister Wisdom Editor and Lesbian Activist Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz
Please visit Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz -- Presente! where you can make a submission to the Remembrances. The website also has information about organizations close to her heart that you can financially support as you honor her memory.
For more information on Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz's life, activism, and writing,
the New York Times published a beautiful piece on Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz.

Celebrate Southern Lesbian Organizing with Sinister Wisdom!!


Saturday, August 25th. Join us at Charis Books & More in Atlanta, Georgia!!
Writers from this issue including Rose Norman, Gail Reeder, Drea Firewalker and B. Leaf Cronewrite (Mary Ann Hopper) will share excerpts from their work and Lorraine Fontana will read excerpts from a piece by Pam Edwards. Copies of Sinister Wisdom are available now at Charis!

This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event. The suggested donation is $5. Join us from 7:30- 9:00 pm.
Wednesday, September 12th. Join us for Book Release Party in Miami, Florida!

12 - 2PM On Stage at the Miami Theater Center in Miami Shores. Address: Miami Theater Center 9608 NE 2nd Avenue Miami Shores, Fl 33138. Please RSVP on Eventbrite!


​Saturday, ​September 22, 2018 7 PM at the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida.
Stop by for readings and refreshments with the local contributors of Issue109, Looking back at Women Unlimited, Cultural Politics of the 1970’s, Gainesville Dykes – the song, and more! Local contributors include: Corky Culver, Barbara Esrig, Kate Ellison, Woody Blue, Rosalie Miller, Gerry Green, Amber Waters, Patti Carnuccio. For further info contact Barbara at

Thursday, September 27, Release Party at the Regulator bookstore in Durham North Carolina. 
Readers include the local contributors to SW109: Sherri Zann Rosenthal (on TALF), Laurel Ferejohn (on Our Own Place), and Jaye Vaughn (on Cedar Chest); and contributors to previous issues, including Mandy Carter (who will deliver introductory remarks), Mab Segrest (on SONG), Laurie Fuchs (on Ladyslipper Music) and Lucy Harris & Babs Brown (on live women's music production), and Lynn Hicks (on Full Circle Farm).
Amoja Three Rivers (1946-2015) described herself as "an american-born African, Choctaw, Tsalagi, Ojibway Jew." For decades she was a tireless activist, theorist, and teacher who lived and advocated for intersectionality in anti-oppression action and mode of thinking. Her book Cultural Etiquette was beloved by activists.
Three Rivers was one of the founders of the Womyn of Colour Tent and Sanctuary at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, an international feminist music festival held every August for four decades.
In 1990, she published Cultural Etiquette: A Guide for the Well-Intentioned through Market Wimmin, a womanist business she co-founded. Now Cultural Etiquette is available once more!
It's been a great summer here at Sinister Wisdom (in spite of the rain and the heat and the humidity!) As interns Sophia, Sara, Talia, and Carina wrap up their work, I wish them the best in the future endeavors (as well as their continued involvement with Sinister Wisdom!) I'm hoping new interns and volunteers show up for our fall work and activities.
In the next email, I'll announce our fall issues and the fall funddraising campaign is around the corner. Always something to do and read at Sinister Wisdom. I hope you are loving the journal and our work.
Wishing you all the best as we wrap up another hot summer!
In sisterhood,


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

P.S. -- So many of you are loving our Sinister Wisdom 2019 calendar! 
Annie and Lorraine sent us this cute picture from their home in Florida, don't forget to send us yours!


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