Sinister Wisdom Issue 94 - Lesbians and Exile

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The rich material gathered in this issue of Sinister Wisdom considers the many facets of exile and its fractured, resilient, and complicated relationship to identity. Spans the breadth of literary form, from firsthand accounts of violence to personal memoir and poetry.

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Sinister Wisdom is a Multicultural Lesbian Literary & Art Journal


Sinister Wisdom Issue 94: Lesbians and Exile investigates the challenges faced by lesbians around the world, examining lesbian identity in relation to social marginalization, dislocation, war and survival.

Guest Edited by Joan Nestle and Yasmin Tambiah

Dedicated to Sunila Abeysekera, a Sri Lankan feminist and human rights activist.

Guest Editors Joan Nestle and Yasmin Tambiah write, "We decided to provoke questions about the utility and limits of the term exile by including a spectrum of other processes and states of dislocation, displacement, eviction, illegitimacy, and rejection. These states cannot be considered without simultaneously foregrounding acts of dissent, resistance, and transformations. Always from a lesbian perspective or on a lesbian continuum.” 

This issue includes work by lesbians around the world:

Activist Mariam Gagoshashvili wrote Reportage: My Experience on May 17th 2013, IDAHO Day, in 

Tbilisi, a detailed, personal account of an attack by counter-protestors in Georgia (Eurasia). 

Letters written by out lesbians from Kosovo.

Poetry by Palestinian writer, khulud khamis, breaches the subject of citizenship and identity.

Xi’an Glynn’s “There is no place for us,” considers exile occurring within the United States.

Julie Enszer, Editor and Publisher of Sinister Wisdom, says, “The rich material gathered in this issue of Sinister Wisdom considers the many facets of exile and its fractured, resilient, and complicated relationship to identity.” 

Always radical in its subject matter, and a frank exploration of the exile experience, Sinister Wisdom 94: Lesbians and Exile spans the breadth of literary form, from firsthand accounts of violence to personal memoir and poetry. 

Joan-Nestle-sinister-wisdom-issue-94-2.jpgJoan Nestle (left) was born in the Bronx in 1940, and spent most of her life in New York City. In 1958, she entered public lesbian life in the bars of Greenwich Village, and  taught writing at Queens College from 1965 to 1990. 

In 1974, she co-founded the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, which still thrives today. Joan's own provinciality ended, she hopes, when she moved to Melbourne, Australia, in 2002 to be with her lover, Dianne Otto. 

yasmin tambiah edited sinister wisdom issue 94

At seventy-three, Joan Nestle is most grateful when she is forced to see with new eyes that which she thought she already knew. 

Yasmin Tambiah (right) grew up in Sri Lanka. She has spent long periods of her adult life in the United State and Australia, with stints in Trinidad, India, the U.K. and Spain. 

Trained as a European medievalist, she now researches issues at the crossing points of law, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and militarization in postcolonial states. She has won awards for writing from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation in New York and, most recently, from ZineWest in Sydney, Australia.


 Previously Published Issues

Sinister-Wisdom-93.jpgIssue #93: Southern Lesbian-Feminist Herstory 1968-1994

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!

Sinister Wisdom publishes three 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.

Sinister Wisdom 92 Lesbian Healthcare WorkersSinister Wisdom Issue #92: Lesbian Healthcare Workers

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! 


Sinister Wisdom Issue 90 Catch, Quench

Issue #90: "Catch, Quench"

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!



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! 


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.

Sinister_Wisdom_77_environmental_issues_lesbian_concernsLike 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.

Sinister Wisdom accepts returns for reasons of publication irregularities or damage in the mail. 


Julie_Enszer_editor_sinister_wisdomJulie 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. 

Sinister Wisdom offers reduced price subscriptions for lesbians with limited and fixed incomes. Subscribe to Sinister Wisdom as an individual or library HERE and support the oldest lesbian multicultural literary & art journal.

Sinister Wisdom thanks all their subscribers. Your commitment to the vision of creating, nurturing, and sustaining a vibrant lesbian multicultural literary and art journal is vital.

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