Podcast 1: Lesbian Culture with Judy Grahn, Max Dashu and Bonnie Morris
“This conversation is a treasure in every sense of the word… it touches on lesbian and feminist stories and activism and way more.”
Gina Mercurio, owner People Called Women Books
“This Podcast is such a wonderful discussion of the history of Lesbian culture and politics in this country!”
Emma MIssouri, Producer for OutFM & WBAI 99.5 FM
Judy Grahn is a poet, activist and scholar. She is one of the founding Mother’s of the Lesbian Feminist and Women’s Spirituality Movements in the United States. She initiated and participated in profound cultural shifts brought about by the women’s and gay rights movements of the 1960s and 70s. Judy participated in not just the formation of new institutions like the Women’s Press Collective, the Oakland Feminist Women’s Health Center, and A Woman’s Place Bookstore, but also, the creation of whole new ways of living, including collective feminist households that cut through the political and social isolation women experience.
Judy has dedicated her writing to feminist and LGBT themes. Judy is best known as a poet, also as author of Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds, and recent memoir A Simple Revolution, the Making of an Activist Poet published by Aunt Lute. She teaches creative writing, mythology, and a new origin story based in women’s rituals. Her most recent book from Red Hen Press is Hanging On Our Own Bones, a collection of signature nine-part poems including “A Woman Is Talking to Death” and “Mental,” as well as new work. JudyGrahn.org
Bonnie J. Morris is a Women’s Studies Professor and historian, recently completing twenty-two years on the faculty of both Georgetown and George Washington University; and accruing multiple teaching awards from both institutions for her popular courses in women’s history and lesbian culture. She is the author of 15 books, including three Lambda Literary Finalists (Eden Built By Eves, Girl Reel, and Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor), she authored two national first-prize chapbooks (The Schoolgirl’s Atlas, and Sixes and Sevens) and she authored the critical feminist texts: Women’s History for Beginners, and most recently, The Disappearing L.
Bonnie’s recent exhibit on women’s music at the Library of Congress broke new ground in showcasing lesbian albums, and she is now a historical consultant to the Smithsonian Institute, the AP U.S. History exam, Disney Animation, the State Department’s International Visitor program, and the Global Women’s Institute. She may be found lecturing on C-Span, Olivia Cruises, Semester at Sea, and on Pacifica Radio. This summer Dr. Bon is excited to introduce a new lesbian time-travel novel, Sappho’s Bar and Grill, which includes a brief look at the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League of World War II. BonnnieJMorris.com
Max Dashu is a scholar, artist and historian. Max founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to document global women’s history, and to track patterns of domination, and the experiences of women in the full spectrum of world cultures.
Max is internationally known for her expertise on ancient female iconography, matricultures, patriarchal systems including witch hunts, and female spheres of power. She has produced two videos: Woman Shaman DVD in 2013, and Women’s Power in Global Perspective DVD in 2008. Her book Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Culture was published in 2016 by Veleda Press. Max Dashu’s work is followed by 156,000 readers on Facebook, and thousands more on Academia.edu.