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Sinister Wisdom 100: Anniversary
This 100th issue of Sinister Wisdom celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Sinister Wisdom – 1976 to 2016!
Sinister Wisdom 100: Anniversary has many voices, new and old, singing in harmony. Enjoy this 100th issue, and join the celebration! Together we can imagine another forty years of sinister lesbian imagination.
When Meg Christian and Cris Williamson sang “Anniversary” at Carnegie Hall on November 26, 1982, they were celebrating the tenth anniversary of Olivia Records, and the launch of the womyn’s music movement. Olivia and the womyn’s music movement have flowered beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.
Chris Williamson said, “History was made that night in that legendary hall filling up and spilling over with an audience – mostly women — from all over the world.”
Over 30 years later, Sinister Wisdom, just 7 years old then, is still publishing the best in lesbian literature, art, and culture.
Sinister Wisdom is one element of a long history of lesbian culture, and a bold reach to the future with each issue.
Previously Published Issues:
Sinister Wisdom 95: Reconciliations
Gracing the front cover is an image from Sierra Schepmann.
Included in the pages of this fantastic issue is Poetry by Kat McAllister Black, Diane Furtney, Bonnilee Kaufman, Cathy Marston, Nyk Robertson, Maureen Seaton,
Fiction by Annemarie Monahan and T. Stores.
Creative Work by Roberta Arnold, Maureen Brady, Rona Magy, April Jo Murphy, Janine Mercer, Heather Seggel, and more!
Sinister Wisdom publishes four issues each year, and works to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space. Sinister Wisdom’s purpose is to open, consider and advance the exploration of lesbian community issues, and recognizes the power of language to reflect our diverse experiences. Sinister Wisdom seeks to enhance our ability to develop critical judgment as lesbians evaluating our community and our world.
Guest Editors: Rose Norman and Merril Mushroom.
Interviews with Byllye Avery, Pat Hussain, Calla and Laurose Felicity, Garnett Harrison, Founders of SONG.
Creative Work by Corky Culver, Merril Mushroom, Kate Ellison, Gail Reeder, Lenny Lasater. And More!
Guest Editor, Elizabeth Hansen, with Essays by Peggy L. Chinn & Elizabeth R. Berrey, Maria V. Ciletti, Sharon Deevey, Kelli Dunham, Alma Garcia, Sarah Lipkin-Lamay, Karen Starr, Maida Tilchen, Jean Taylor.
Creative Work by Judith Beckett, Cassandra Christenson, Joan Cofrancesco, Michelle Duford, Diane Solis, Samn Stockwell. And so much more!
Special Features: Speculative Fiction by Susan Levinkind, Memoir by Ellen Orleans, Poetry by Diane Solis, Cara Armstrong, and Tara Shea Burke, and a Tribute to Catherine Nicholson, founding editor and publisher of Sinister Wisdom.
Creative Work by Amber Carpenter, Tegan Grant, Barbara Haas. Alexandria Kapczynski, Sheree Mack, E. Manning-Pogé, Tina Minkowitz, Michele Patrizi, Allegra Perhaes, Sam Samson, and More!
Sinister Wisdom Issue #87: “Tribute to Adrienne Rich”
Features work by Cheryl Clarke, Rachel Tzvia Back, Elliott batTzedek, Elana Dykewomon, Stephania Byrd, Jocelyn Heath, Jewelle Gomez, Antonia Matthew, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Lynda Koolish, Jenny Factor, Chris Shorne, Bekah Steimel, and Alison Bechdel. Obituary for Leigh Star and more!
Sinister Wisdom Issue #77: “Environmental Issues, Lesbian Concerns”
Lesbians understand why Earth is called “Mother Earth.” As daughters of Earth Mother we honor our female bond through song and praise, respect her as she cycles through our lives. We perform rituals, we raise our heads, hearts, and arms to her, appreciating her for her never-ending breathe of life-air, land, her seas, rivers, mountains, valleys and her deserts. We love her and honor her. We pray to her for continuance of her gifts to us, her feminine glory, and her essence of life like a mother breast-feeding life-giving milk to her child.
Like a daughter who is connected to her Mother, Mother Earth Lesbians throughout the world are sensitively aware of what is happening to her. Our praise has turned to desperate pleas. We see her being raped and mutilated by those without respect. This is the catastrophe. Our Earth Mother is getting sick.
Yes, Lesbians of Mother Earth are aware. We are letting our Earth Mother know our fears, concerns, anger and our need to take care of her for we are her. There are daughters who like a mother sitting quietly by their sick child gives energies of love for healing. There are daughters who fight the oppressors, demanding of them that they stop this relentless onslaught. There are daughters singing the healing songs, and daughters whose hands replenish Earth. These daughters are represented in this 77th issue of Sinister Wisdom.
Because of the contributions of the Lesbians represented here, each of you reading this journal will be naturally sending, with little to no effort, because we are women, your love to our Earth Mother.
Contributors: Diane Foster, Tina Freimuth, Alma Avotcja, Shaba Barnes, Denise Brautigam, Brenwyn, Natasha Carthew, Julie Enszer, Diane Foster, Tina Freimuth, Deb Furiedman, Carole Gale, Alix Greenwood, Sue Lenaerts, H. Madrone, Lynn Martin, Ruth Mountaingrove, Jeanne Neath, Mary Oishi, Sudie Rakusin, Ida VSW Red, Kim Rivers, Lilith Rogers, Zarod Rominski, Jan Shade, Sandy Tate, Ellen Williams, Judith K. Witherow, Ruth Zachary, Sue Lenaerts.
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Julie R. Enszer is the current editor of Sinister Wisdom, pulished three times each year since 1976. This Journal of Lesbian Art and Literature is distributed not only to paid subscribers, but also to women in prison and in mental institutions.
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