July 4, 2019
Dear Sinister Wisdom Sisters,
It’s here! Keep an eye on your mailboxes because the newest issue Sinister Wisdom 113: Radical Muses is making its journey from our offices to your doorsteps.
As always, I’d love to see your smiling faces with Sinister Wisdom 113: Radical Muses. Don’t hesitate to email me photos of YOU holding your copy of Sinister Wisdom 113: Radical Muses so I can post them on our social media feeds to share the love with lots of other lesbians!
Sinister Wisdom 113: Radical Muses is a collection of poetry, prose, and artwork by lesbians from all over the globe. Inside the pages beyond this beautiful cover art by Peruvian artist La Fuega Ilustra, you’ll be able to read new works by Andrea Assaff, Tara Shea Burke, Cheryl Clarke, Marina Chirkova, Estela González, Barbara Haas, Nancy E. Lake, Vi Khi Nao, and H. Ní Aódagaín to name just a small handful!
Sinister Wisdom 113: Radical Muses is out now. Most subscribers and those who have ordered individual copies should receive theirs this month. If you do not have a copy in your hands after August 1st, email me, and I will investigate and ensure that you receive a copy as soon as possible.
If you’re not subscribed there’s still time to get a copy of Sinister Wisdom 113: Radical Muses in your hands! Order a single copy here or subscribe to Sinister Wisdom today for a year’s worth of issues!
Notes for a Revolution--A Woman's Journal has Landed, Too!
Looking for a summer journal? Need a nifty plastic coil bound blank book for list making, journaling, or gifting to friends? Sinister Wisdom has you covered. Notes for a Revolution--A Woman's Journal has arrived in our world headquarters in Florida and we are shipping it out to orderers with love and care. If you pre-ordered, your copy is in the mail and you should have it by the middle of July. Still plenty of copies in our offices and we are itching to send them out. So order yours today! Check out the gorgeous cover below!
Good news round up!
The good news doesn’t end at the release of Sinister Wisdom 113: Radical Muses or Notes for a Revolution--A Woman's Journal! I’m excited to share with you the waves that members of the Sinister Wisdom board have been making in different corners of the lesbian art world.
At this year’s Lambda Literary Awards on June 4th, board member Cheryl Clarke presented Barbara Smith with the Publishing Professional Award for her work opening doors for women of color in the publishing world with the foundation of her independent publishing company Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press.
Cheryl also recently wrote the introduction to Kevin Allred’s new book Ain’t I a Diva?: Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy. Allred’s book explores Beyoncé in an academic context through such means as his own syllabus from the course he taught on Beyoncé in 2010 and an analysis of Beyoncé’s work alongside the texts of prominent black feminist thinkers such as Kimberlé Crenshaw, Octavia Butler, and Sojourner Truth. Ain’t I a Diva? comes out June 11th and can be ordered through Feminist Press here.
If you’re looking for more forthcoming 2019 reads, board member Tara Shea Burke has a new book Animal Like Any Other coming out in September. Animal Like Any Other mixes prose, poetry, and hybrid forms in a distinct collection that connects the reader to her own powerful voice and inner thoughts. Erica Hoffmeister, author of Lived in Bars and Roots Gone Wild specifically notes that Burke’s book will speak profoundly to the lived experiences of anyone who grew up working-class. Animal Like Any Other can be preordered from Fishing Line Press here in order to ensure that it makes its way to you September 13th!
Along with the latest and greatest in literature, board members at Sinister Wisdom are creating the score of our summer and beyond. Board member Sara Gregory recently published “10 Summer Tracks for Girls Who Want Girls,” an article paired with a playlist that provides a (in Sara’s own words) “grunge, understated synth, and neo-soul” soundtrack to your lesbian summer romance. You can listen to the whole playlist on Spotify here, read the context behind each pick in Sara’s Autostraddle article on the subject, or check out both links on Sara’s personal website.
Finally, keep your headphones in and check out board member JP Howard’s interview on the Black Lesbian Literary Collective podcast. JP chatted with Stephanie Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle of the Black Lesbian Literary Collective about the influences, inspirations, roles, and successes behind some of her published work. This work includes her Lambda Literary finalist poetry collection SAY/MIRROR and Sinister Wisdom’s own Sinister Wisdom 107: Black Lesbians- We are the Revolution which JP co-edited. Take a peek behind the curtain of her literary successes by listening to the podcast on the Black Lesbian Literary Collective’s website here.
I congratulate all our board members on their ongoing achievements in art and activism. I’d also like to remind all of you reading (yes you!) that you’re encouraged to email links for us to share in newsletters in the future. We’d love to sing our praises and congratulations for anyone in the Sinister Wisdom community who has their own accomplishments to celebrate!
Calls for Submissions!
Volunteer editors are eagerly reading submissions from writers, artists, and other creative folks in response to our calls for submissions, all listed here. Send along your work so that you can appear in the pages of Sinister Wisdom! Also, Sinister Wisdom is ALWAYS open for writing and art submissions, so you can always submit your work through our general calls. We look forward to reading and responding to you work!
Sinister Wisdom Out and About This Summer and Fall
Sinister Wisdom volunteers and friends will be gathering at three events over the next few months. Mark your calendars and join us!
OutWrite - The LGBTQ literary festival sponsored by the DC LGBTQ Community Center happens every year the first weekend in August. This year, Sinister Wisdom Facebook maven and volunteer extraordinaire, Talia Sieff will be operating the table on Saturday, 3 August 2019 at OutWrite at the DC LGBTQ Community Center. Come to the Center and say hi to Talia! There are also rumors that co-editor of Notes for a Revolution, Kathleen DeBold, will be in attendance as well! Join us for the fun!
Rainbow Book Fair, New York City, Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12noon until 6 p.m. The Rainbow Book Fair is always an extraordinary event in New York and Sinister Wisdom will be there with a table filled with issues of the journal. Talia will again operate the table with guest appearances by Cheryl Clarke, Red Washburn, and many others. Join us in New York to learn more about the amazing things Sinister Wisdom is doing.
Finally, on Thursday, 14 November 2019 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 there will be a special event celebrating Sinister Wisdom at the San Francisco Public Library. More details are coming, but mark your calendars now!
Great Summer Reads?
I just finished Kristen Arnett's Mostly Dead Things and loved it! All of the satisfying things about a summer read with a lesbian protagonist. It is hot off the presses and worth picking up. What are you reading this summer?
Thank You for Supporting Sinister Wisdom as She Celebrates her 43rd Birthday!
Forty-three years ago, on July 4th, 1976, Harriet Desmoines and Catherine Nicholson celebrated the birth of Sinister Wisdom as a new lesbian-feminist journal in the world. It was revolutionary--and continues to be today. Thank you for supporting the journey of Sinister Wisdom and helping to build a lesbian literary and art community that sustains and nurtures us all.
As always, share your thoughts with me about Sinister Wisdom. Think about how YOU can contribute to our continued work publishing, celebrating, and promoting lesbian literary arts, and join us in the revolution at hand.
With your support, we hope to release Sinister Wisdom issues for years to come.
Julie R. Enszer, PhD
Editor and Publisher, Sinister Wisdom
PS We are starting to get orders for the Sinister Wisdom 2020 calendar. More information will be coming in emails this summer about the amazing new calendar which features all new and original artwork. If you want to order yours today, though, you can click here! Thank you!