WOMEN'S ART & CULTURE
As part of our end of year fundraiser, the Sinister Wisdom 2019 calendar does more than provide a resource and organizational tool. It is a way to integrate decades of achievement and resistance into our everyday lives. Featured in the calendar is the very best of Sinister Wisdom’s 43 years in lesbian-feminist publishing.
Share Sudie Rakusin's Renaissance style art with your loved ones. Set of 8 full-color cards (2 each of 4 designs) and 8 envelopes. Blank inside.
26 amazing women, 26 amazing stories! From Amelia Earhart, pilot and adventurer, to Zora Neal Hurston, writer and anthropologist. Learn about the hardships and triumphs that inspired each woman to change her world and the world around her.
Told from the viewpoint of Indigenous Peoples, it reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, have actively resisted expansion of the U.S. empire. Paperback.
Goddess of Love and Beauty. Roman Venus. Graceful and sensual. A lover of laughter, filled with irresistible charm. This Sterling Silver pendant measures 1.75" x .85". Comes with a 30" black satin cord.
Artemis, woman whole unto her Self. Women untamed and unsubdued, who will not be victims. Activist archetypes explored in ancient Greek Mythology and modern media heroines. Dedicated to women and girls who embody Artemis. Hardback.
A groundbreaking book. A New History of the Civil rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power. A controversial, moving, and courageous book. Narrative history at its best. Paperback.
This beautiful Four Direction back drum is a great size. It is small and has a good drum sound. A great size for travel -- and to keep up with those big drums. 14" x 3 ". Available in Elk, Moose and Buffalo Skin.
This starburst back drum is a wonderful medium size drum with a big voice that doesn't overwhelm. Great for easy carrying and travel. A favorite of women drummers.
Beautiful! For Drummers who want a fancy beater with leather head, handle, and fringe. The leather on the hard wood handle makes them easier to hold while dumming. Recommended for the larger drums 16" and 18". Your leather color will depend on availability and Yolanda's choice. All colors are vibrant. 17" x 1/2". $35 each.
This whirlwind back drum will rattle the walls. It is a powerful big sounding drum. She will give you the deep sound that everyone loves. Travels well and fits perfectly in the overhead compartment of airplanes.
Made to use with 32" Grandmother Ceremonial and Pow Wow Drums. Hard oak handles are wrapped with leather with beautiful fringe on the end. Wonderful, strong beaters.Your leather color will depend on availability and Yolanda's choice. All colors are vibrant. 24" x 1/2". $40 each.
An authentic Native Drum designed for children. Kit includes a 10" Drum and Drum Beater, and a CD with 4 Drumming Songs and Lyrics. Available in 3 different Pony Designs: White, Red Morgan, and Black & White Paint.
Wisdom and love from Your Fearless Sisters. 44 Card Deck of original art by 39 intuitive artists and healers from all over the world. Watch the video intro.
Send thoughtful notes on cards featuring Sudie Rakusin’s pen-and-ink drawings that you color yourself! Set of 8 heavy-duty cards (2 each of 4 designs) and 8 envelopes. Blank inside.
Annie Proulx is a private woman. In this book, she documents three crazy years of building her dream home, challenging builders, suppliers, 100 mph winds, snow blocked roads, and almost giving up.
Writings by 10 womyn who stopped their transition from female to male. Profoundly personal stories, political analysis, practical advice, and resources for womyn who struggle with dis-identification from their female reality. Deeply moving and informative for all women concerned about the wholeness of our womanhood -- and our sisterhood. 65 Page Zine.
Beautiful Artcards of multicultural female saints from Sudie Rakusin's imagination. Set of 8 heavy-duty cards (1 each of 8 designs) and 8 envelopes. Blank inside.
An extremely honest and readable collection of a new generation of brilliant, outspoken women of color speaking to the concerns of a new feminism, and to their place in it. Used in Women's Studies classes across the country.
City Hermit 4.25" x 5.5", Back Country Hermit 4.25" x 5.5", Krab Kisses 5.5" x 8.5", and Crab Grass 4.24" x 5.5" by artist Terrea Bennett. Set of 4 cards.
Made by and for Lesbians. Vegetarian menus, wheelchair access, multiracial clientele. International Calendar of Women's Festivals and Events. Camping & RV Spots. National and International listings.
Artist, Writer and Activist, Monica Sjoo's early work on the cover of her ground breaking book, "The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth." Print 8 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.
The choices we make about how we put food on our plates, and what we do with the waste, contribute as much as one third of total greenhouse-gas emissions. Diet for a Hot Planet is a call to action for readers and eaters committed to healing the planet.
Coupled together, the Double Venus has become a symbol for Lesbians. Bronze Pendant measures 3/4" x 1/2", Sterling Silver Earrings measure 1/2" x 1/4". Earrings are Temporarily Unavailable. See alternative Double Venus Earrings here.
Blank Journal illustrated with 50 of Sudie Rakusin's drawings. An inspiring space in which to muse. Perfect for creating your own beautiful artwork or capturing the thoughts that make you unique. 200-pages. Soft cover, spiral-bound, 8 1/2″ x 11″ format. Available in blue or white cover.
The epic story of how American warfare came to be both never-ending and practically invisible. Told with savage wit and a dazzling command of facts.
Unique center-focused hand drawn mandalas, geometric snowflakes, fractal art, and more. Over 40 meditative stress relieving drawings from simple to complex. Great gift. FREE U.S. SHIPPING!
Unique! First of its kind on the market. Explore the beauty of coloring on black! Includes 25 dynamic white-on-black fractal images to challenge and delight. Great gift. FREE U.S. SHIPPING!
Meet the 30 exceptional Women of Farmer Jane. This is a celebration of all women that vote for sustainability every time they shop, eat, farm, and advocate for change.
Ancient female figurines recollect the world's primordial spiritual art in all its diversity. 18" x 24".
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Keeper of the Eternal Flame. She maintains the spirit, carries the vision, keeps the connection to the source of life. Sterling Silver Pendant, 2.5" x .75" on a Black Satin Cord. Small is 1.5" x .5" in size. Large is 2.5' x .75" in size.
Global Critical Race Feminism is the first anthology to focus explicitly on the legal rights of women of color around the world. Containing nearly thirty essays the book addresses responses to white feminism,violence against women, the global workplace and more.
Green Tara is known as the Bodhisattva or Buddha of Compassion and Action. The prints feature Hahnemuhle Bamboo Paper, which is eco-friendly and archival. 11" x 14" inch print.
Exquisitely Hand Painted and Quilted Silk Fabric with dyed coconut buttons. Years in the making! 50" x 36 ". Hand cut, sanded and painted steel rod. One-of-a-kind.
Hand dyed and painted double weave silk fabric -- ripply like wind on water. Soft and flowing, this Kimono makes a beautiful addition to any wardrobe. Extra Large size only.
Hand dyed and painted Crepe de Chine Silk. Soft and flowing, this Kimono makes a beautiful addition to any wardrobe. Extra Large size only.
COLORING BOOK. Developed by the National Women's History Project to promote gender equality through increased awareness of multicultural women's history.
A groundbreaking exploration of the unrecognized but pivotal roles of remarkable women in Native American communities. The author carefully weaves Ojibwe words, biographical sketches, chronological history, American Indian oral tradition, and Ojibwe tribes of the U.S. with First Nations of Canada.
A celebration of the authentic voice inside every girl and an inspiring call to action for girls everywhere to speak up, follow their dreams, and become the women they were always meant to be.
Outrageously Hip Jewish Kiddie Rock! A set of lively and engaging recordings that capture each Jewish holiday with prayers, blessings, storytelling, and artwork. Perfect for home and classroom.
19 full-color Imagined Saints cards; 36 pen-and-ink Multicultural Goddess cards; 132-page book featuring descriptions of each Saint & Goddess and suggestions for use.
Expanding with joy, radiating out, and receiving the blessings. Sterling Silver. Measures 1.15" x .85". Comes on a 30" black satin cord so that it can be worn as a necklace.
The Labrys is an ancient agricultural tool used prior to patriarchal times. Symbol of peace and woman's power. Measures approximately 1 1/4" x 3/4". Sterling Silver.
This early Minoan symbol of the Mother Goddess resembles a butterfly and contains a three-lobed lily. Sterling Silver 1-1/16" x 15/16" Comes with a 30" black satin cord.
Emerging, we complete a journey deep within ourselves. Includes a 30” black satin cord so that you can wear your beautiful necklace immediately. Sterling Silver 1.4" x 1.2" on a Black Satin Cord.
Charlene Spretnak helped to co-found the Green Party Movement in the U.S. with her 1980’s book, “Green Politics.” She has been named one of Britain's "100 Eco-Heroes of All Time." Charlene talks on the subject of Dynamic Relatedness and the sustainability of women's relational ways.
Hunter Lovins shares the good news that operating sustainably increases profitability. Hear about "Green Investments," becoming an "Impact Investor," and why Hunter wakes up smiling. You can too!
Author and professor Judy Grahn is one of the Founding Mothers of the Lesbian Feminist and Women's Spirituality Movements in the U.S. She speaks about Eco-Feminism, both ancient and modern. Judy says, "We must go back (to our ancient woman-centered beginnings) to go forward sustainably."
Listen free to Kim Freeman Brown as she talks about Green Jobs, Food and Leadership in Communities of Color. Hear about young people and women at the cutting edge of sustainable economies.
Listen free to Simran Sethi, "The Environmental Messenger." She tells us about the important role of women in sustainability, and why the way we think is uniquely central and required in business, environment, and development.
Words of wisdom written with a light touch, but a deep politic. For the woman who finds “one day at a time” a formula for despair. Finally, a meditation book for those in search of radical healing. PDF Instant Download!
Pema Chödrön teaches that fear-based clinging keeps us from the more satisfying experience of being fully alive. “Three Commitments” provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river. Paperback.
Beautiful Art Cards to share your love all year long. Smitten, 4.25" x 5.5", Relationship, 5.5" x 8.5", May Love Grow, 5.5" x 8.5". Set of 3 Love Cards.
A coffee-saturated odyssey into the mind of a legendary artist, M Train is told through the prism of the cafes and haunts Patti Smith has worked in around the world. Hardcover.
A new documentary about artist and teacher, Meinrad Craighead and her mystical encounters with God as Mother. Weaves Catholicism, Native American Shamanism and Ancient European Mythology.
Gloria Steinem, writer, activist, organizer, and inspiring leader tells her story as never before. A candid account of her life as a traveler, listener, and catalyst for change. She reminds us that living in an open, observant, and “on the road” state of mind can make a difference in how we learn, what we do, and how we understand each other. Paperback, Hardback, Large Print Paperback, and Audio Book (Audio Book Sale Price: $28 - regularly $40).
Women’s music legend chronicles her rise to fame as the first artist to record an openly lesbian album in 1973. But as with most good stories, this one begins much earlier.
Island Jewels 4.25" x 5.5", Drawn to the Light 4.25" x 5.5", Quail Watching Boat 5.5" x 4.25", Reign On A Rock 5.5" x 5.5", Within a Hare of a Perfect Day 5.5" x 8.5". Set of 5 cards.
“If I can take what I’ve learned in this life and make one treacherous relationship or degrading job easier for you, perhaps even prevent you from becoming temporarily vegan, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile." Paperback.
One of the defining voices of contemporary feminist and race scholarship. Black feminist thought, critical education, public sociology, and resisting racism to new visions for activist intellectuals.
The author spent a year in a women's correctional facility, and sheds a unique light on life inside a women’s prison, by a Smith College graduate who did the crime and did the time. Adapted into a new television series for Netflix.
Dragon Wisdom 5.5" x 4.25", Heel Draggin 5.5" x 8.5", This is Not What I Expected! 5.5" x 8.5", Legends: Mountain & Dragon 5.5" x 8.5". Set of 4 cards.
A glimpse of a young Black woman's life of trauma to the halls of the university. The story of human potential and learning to love oneself.
Free podcast from the 9th Lesbian Tent Revival at the 40th Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. This sermon is what happens when we ride the synaptic bus of radical thinking ALL THE WAY to the end of the line. The secrets of the universe are revealed.
This work is a celebration of women and the cats that are a part of their world. 11"x14". The prints feature Hahnemuhle Bamboo Paper, which is eco-friendly and archival.
This book is about the business machine that creates and markets pornography, and the growing legitimacy of porn in mainstream media. PORNLAND examines the way porn shapes and limits sexual imaginations and behaviors, and shows how today’s porn is strikingly different from yesterday’s Playboy and Penthouse magazines.
Striking a balance between fictional, historical, and political analysis, Reproductive Acts makes a compelling argument for the vital role narrative plays in how we make sense of U.S. reproductive politics.
3 Sets of 5 postcards from original drawings by Mosa. Suitable for framing, bulletin board meditation, inspiration or sending. Great gift.
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Wonderful Christmas Songs loved and cherished by all: Noche De Paz, The First Noel, Jesus en Pesebre, Los Peces en el Rio, White Christmas, The Christmas Song. Perfect for Christmas Gifts. Order today!
Pipher tells her own miraculous story, and in the process reveals fundamental truths about our individual search for happiness and love.
Outrageously Hip Jewish Kiddie Rock! Eco-music for all the little rock'n rollers out there who love our planet and love to sing and dance too!
Sinister Wisdom and A Midsummer Night’s Press announce the publication of Sinister Wisdom 102. Introduction by Poet & Scholar Judy Grahn, and Afterword by Volume Editor Julie R. Enszer. Photographs of Pat Parker and Bibliography. Includes Movement in Black (1978), Womanslaughter (1978), Jonestown & Other Madness (1985), plus 2 unpublished plays and uncollected poems.
Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal, founded 1976. They publish three issues each year, and work to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space.
Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal, founded 1976. They publish three issues each year, and work to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space. Issue 90 is SOLD OUT! Issue 87 Tribute to Adrienne rich is available.
Guest Editor Elizabeth Hansen. Essays by Peggy L. Chinn, Elizabeth R. Berrey, Maria V. Ciletti, Sharon Deevey, Kelli Dunham, Alma Garcia, Sarah Lipkin-Lamay, Karen Starr, Maida Tilchen and Jean Taylor. Creative Work by Judith Beckett, Cassandra Christenson, Joan Cofrancesco, Michelle Duford, Diane Solis, Samn Stockwell, and so much more! SOLD OUT.
Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal, founded 1976. They publish 3 issues each year, and work to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space.
Stereotypes like Jezebel's sexual lasciviousness, Mammy's devotion, and Sapphire's outspoken anger are familiar, harmful, and contribute to unfair policies. NAACP Image Awards Non-Fiction Literature Category Finalist.
Courageous and gripping personal narratives from women who have personally explored links of oppression between human beings and nonhuman animals. Sister Species demonstrates with painful clarity why every activist must be on board with other social justice concerns.
The compelling struggle for freedom and equality waged by women in the U.S. and the influence and inspiration Native American women gave to this dynamic social movement.
Solidarity: Wheels of Change Moving Forward in Unity. Inspiring, handmade, sterling silver. 1" in diameter. Comes on a 30" black satin cord so that it can immediately be worn as a necklace.
Stirring and luminous, a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rainforest's jeweled canopy. Dr. Marina Singh embarks on a journey to the Amazon to find her former mentor, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug.
Look beautiful, do good. Empowering women to live lives free of violence and oppression. Elegant, soft, reversible, with rich color combinations. Rayon, hand-woven on a back-strap loom by Indigenous Guatemalan women weavers. 8" x 70".
Fine Art Card Collection. Set of 4: Solstice 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", Love Is Life 5 1/2" x 5 1/2", Solstice Sky 5 1/2" x 4", Orca Solstice 5 1/2" x 4".
This lesbian activist’s memoir will encourage elders to share their adventures as pioneers in our movement for social justice, and inspire LGBTQ youth with stories of hope.
A beautiful adult coloring book filled with drawings of strong, high-spirited womyn. Paperback, full-color cover. 28 pages, 8.5″ x 11″.
An insider’s story and analysis of a neglected piece of cultural history. What will we remember about the vibrant cultural spaces that Lesbian activists created in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s? Professor Bonnie Morris gives us the back-story to the culture we are losing to mainstreaming and assimilation. Interviews of activists and and responses to the recent attacks on Lesbian Feminists who are being made to feel that they've hit their cultural expiration date.
Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability. During the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, more than 100 feminist bookstores built a transnational network that helped shape some of feminism’s most complex conversations on racism and accountability. They changed people’s lives and the world. Paperback. Duke University Press, March 2016.
"One of the most important books I've ever read." Alice Walker. Religious traditions, cultures and archeological sources from all over the world and throughout history to recreate the Goddess religion that is our ancient heritage.
This exquisitely written novel looks directly at one of the most devastating wounds in American history, the early nineteenth century women's struggle for liberation, empowerment, and expression. Loss and sorrow, courage and finding a sense of self. Fiction.
An epic journey from the Mexico City of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. A poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities.
The Matronae were Sun, Moon and Mother Earth. They create the cosmic electromagnetic web that vibrates, dances and is ever changing. 8 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.
Lesbian Culture at MichFest. How we build culture, home, family, and sacred traditions. 5-year ethnographic study of Amazon Consciousness. Second Edition. Paperback.
Memoir by Jamaican performance artist, Staceyann Chin. Growing up gay in Montego Bay. Family relationships from Jamaica to NY. Absolutely absorbing and a must read for all fans of Chin’s work.
Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together, The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction.
Racial discrimination is cruel, especially so to younger children. Easy to understand, explores emotional issues and questions kids have. Preschool through early school age. Simple direct language with illustrations on every page. 32 Pages. Ages 4-7.
The story of one family's journey from the segregated South through five and a half turbulent, soul-searching decades: the Great Migration of 6 million African Americans out of the rural South to the Northeast, Midwest, and Western U.S. The story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation.
An inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege, and how we can win the fight to save it! Elizabeth Warren has had enough of phony promises and a government that no longer serves its people—she won’t sit down, she won’t be silenced, and she will fight back. 20% Off. Hardback.
A personalized Intuitited Gift Box with a message specifically for you channeled through one of our Gifted Goddesses at Treasures from the Universe. Each box is made to order with love -- and no two boxes will ever be exactly the same.
3 Favorite Turtles to Choose From! Leatherback Turtle around since the dinosaurs. Kauila Turtle lives in a freshwater spring. Trigram Turtle reveals the oracle of the I-Ching, encompassing all 8 directions of the universe.
Beautiful Art Cards for Valentine's Day. Once In A Red Moon, 4.25" x 5.5". Head Over Heels, 4.25'" x 5.5". Love Crow, 5.5" x 8.5". Set of 3 Valentine Cards.
A meditation on the black female figure throughout time. This poet adores her culture and the beauty to be found within it, yet she is also a cultural critic alert to the nuances of race and desire and how they define us. Reframes the black female. Tender and masterful. Hardback.
The true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Printed on 100% recycled paper.
A comprehensive mix of oral history and keen research-covering politics, fashion, popular culture,economics, sex, families and work-bringing vividly to life five decades of cataclysmic transformation.
Send messages from the Archetypes of Winter. These beautiful art cards are the perfect greeting for those seeking a card with a seasonal focus. 5" x 7". Each boxed set of 12 comes packaged in a clear box with 12 matching envelopes.
Witches and Pagans gathers strands to reweave the ripped webs of European women's culture. A compelling exploration of archeology, art, literature and language. 40 years in the making!
Without Apology shares the stories of 24 ordinary, yet remarkable Lesbians. The stories were gathered by the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project and Old Lesbians Organizing for Change.
Seeds of Wisdom 4.24" x 5.5", Woman With Hair Blown Back 8.5" x 5.5", Returning 8.5" x 5.5", Dance of Recognition 5.5" x 5.5". Set of 4 cards.
Medicine for Your Spirit! A rich multi-cultural record of medicine women, oracles, healers, trance-dancers and dreamers around the world. All of our Ancestresses. Two-disc DVD.
3 hours with music and commentary.
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You don't need to be a scholar to notice that man's history dominates everything we learn in school, yet a quick tour of the past reveals dynamic female role models at every turn.
This book is for every woman. Commonly held beliefs about rape are replaced with an understanding and respect for female sexual pleasure. Feminist, political, and activist writers alike present their ideas for a paradigm shift.