Zami, a New Spelling of My Name

Author: Audre Lorde

Publisher: Springer Science & Business

ISBN: 9780895941220

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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The poet, Audre Lorde, depicts her life and examines the influence of various women on her development


A New Spelling of My Name

Author: Audre Lorde

Publisher: Rivers Oram Press

ISBN: 9780863584435

Category: Women, Black

Page: 224

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A New Spelling of My Name

Author: Audre Lorde

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780044409489

Category: African American women

Page: 224

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In this autobiography Audre Lorde, activist, academic, poet and New York Laureate, combines elements of history, biography and myth to tell her own story. As a young black girl, her mother from Grenada, she grows up in 30s Harlem, as a teenager she lives through Pearl Harbour and as a young woman she experiences McCarthyism in 50s Greenwich Village.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

A Biomythography

Author: Geraldine Audre Lorde

Publisher: Crossing Press

ISBN: 0307780813

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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“ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . . . Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization. It keeps unfolding page after page.”—Off Our Backs From the Trade Paperback edition.

Sister Outsider

Essays and Speeches

Author: Audre Lorde

Publisher: Springer Science & Business

ISBN: 9780895941411

Category: Social Science

Page: 190

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The leader of contemporary feminist theory discusses such issues as racism, self-acceptance, and mother- and woman-hood.

Conversations with Audre Lorde

Author: Audre Lorde,Joan Wylie Hall

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781578066438

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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BIOGRAPHY ¨ LITERARY CRITICISM ¨ GAY & LESBIAN STUDIES--> Audre Lorde (1934Ð92), the author of eleven books of poetry, described herself as a "Black feminist lesbian poet warrior mother," but she added that this phrase was inadequate in capturing her full identity. The interviews in this collection portray the many additional sides of the Harlem-born author and activist. She was also a rebellious child of Caribbean parents, a mastectomy patient, a blue-collar worker, a college professor, a student of African mythology, an experimental autobiographer in her book titled Zami, a critic of imperialism, and a charismatic orator. Despite her intense engagement with the major social movements of her time, Lorde told interviewers that she was always an outsider, a position of weakness and of strength. Most of her schoolmates were white. She married a white legal-aid attorney, and after their divorce she was the partner of a white psychologist for many years. These intimate alliances with whites caused some African Americans of both genders to question the depth of her solidarity. Lorde expressed distrust of some white feminists and charged that they lacked real understanding of African American struggles. Writing proved to be her powerful weapon against injustice. Painfully aware that differences could provoke prejudice and violence, she promoted the bridging of barriers. These interviews reveal the sense of displacement that made Lorde a champion of the outcast and the forgotten--whether in New York, Mississippi, Berlin, or Soweto. Joan Wylie Hall, the author of Shirley Jackson: A Study of the Short Fiction, teaches English at the University of Mississippi. Her work has been published in the Faulkner Journal, Studies in Short Fiction, Mississippi Quarterly, and Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers.

The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde

Author: Audre Lorde

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393254402

Category: Poetry

Page: 512

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A complete collection—over 300 poems—from one of this country's most influential poets. "These are poems which blaze and pulse on the page."—Adrienne Rich "The first declaration of a black, lesbian feminist identity took place in these poems, and set the terms—beautifully, forcefully—for contemporary multicultural and pluralist debate."—Publishers Weekly "This is an amazing collection of poetry by . . . one of our best contemporary poets. . . . Her poems are powerful, often political, always lyrical and profoundly moving."—Chuckanut Reader Magazine "What a deep pleasure to encounter Audre Lorde's most potent genius . . . you will welcome the sheer accessibility and the force and beauty of this volume."—Out Magazine

Sleeping with Cats

A Memoir

Author: Marge Piercy

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061865558

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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Marge Piercy, a writer who is highly praised as both a poet and a novelist, turns her gaze inward as she shares her thoughts on life and explores her development as a woman and writer. She pays tribute to the one loving constant that has offered her comfort and meaning even as the faces and events in her life have changed -- her beloved cats. With searing honesty, Piercy tells of her strained childhood growing up in a religiously split, working-class family in Detroit. She examines her myriad friendships and relationships, including two painful early marriages, and reveals their effects on her creativity and career. More than a reminiscence of things past, however, Sleeping With Cats is also a celebration of the present and the future, as Piercy shares her views on aging, creativity, and finding a lasting and improbable love with a man fourteen years younger than herself. A chronicle of the turbulent and exciting journey of one artist's life, Sleeping With Cats is a deeply intimate, unforgettable story.


an anthology of Black lesbian writing

Author: Catherine E. McKinley

Publisher: Anchor


Category: Fiction

Page: 317

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An anthology of black lesbian writing. Twenty essays in prose and verse on subjects ranging from abortion to men's attitudes to family life.


Chosen Poems, Old and New

Author: Audre Lorde

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393309751

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

View: 4869

Features poems that affirm the conflicts, fears, and hopes of the poet in words conveying vision and courage

Our Dead Behind Us


Author: Audre Lorde

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393312386

Category: Poetry

Page: 75

View: 7909

A collection of poetry by the African-American activist and artist describes her personal identities as a lesbian, mother, black woman, and cancer survivor, and notes the tension created by the often conflicting drives of these identities. Reissue.


Author: Audre Lorde

Publisher: Norton Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780393314861

Category: Poetry

Page: 70

View: 6565

One of the earliest collections of poems by the Caribbean-American writer, poet, and activist includes "The Woman Thing," "Summer Oracle," and "Spring People."

I Am Your Sister

Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities

Author: Audre Lorde

Publisher: Kitchen Table/Women of Color Press


Category: African American lesbians

Page: 10

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The internationally acclaimed author challenges homophobia as a divisive force, particularly among Black women.

Rock This!

Author: Chris Rock

Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 9780786885602

Category: Humor

Page: 224

View: 7305

The popular comedian shares humorous perspectives on race, relationships, and politics

I Am Your Sister

Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde

Author: Rudolph P. Byrd,Johnnetta Betsch Cole,Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199887748

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Audre Lorde was not only a famous poet; she was also one of the most important radical black feminists of the past century. Her writings and speeches grappled with an impressive broad list of topics, including sexuality, race, gender, class, disease, the arts, parenting, and resistance, and they have served as a transformative and important foundation for theorists and activists in considering questions of power and social justice. Lorde embraced difference, and at each turn she emphasized the importance of using it to build shared strength among marginalized communities. I Am Your Sister is a collection of Lorde's non-fiction prose, written between 1976 and 1990, and it introduces new perspectives on the depth and range of Lorde's intellectual interests and her commitments to progressive social change. Presented here, for the first time in print, is a major body of Lorde's speeches and essays, along with the complete text of A Burst of Light and Lorde's landmark prose works Sister Outsider and The Cancer Journals. Together, these writings reveal Lorde's commitment to a radical course of thought and action, situating her works within the women's, gay and lesbian, and African American Civil Rights movements. They also place her within a continuum of black feminists, from Sojourner Truth, to Anna Julia Cooper, Amy Jacques Garvey, Lorraine Hansberry, and Patricia Hill Collins. I Am Your Sister concludes with personal reflections from Alice Walker, Gloria Joseph, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, and bell hooks on Lorde's political and social commitments and the indelibility of her writings for all who are committed to a more equitable society.

The Black Unicorn


Author: Audre Lorde

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393312379

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 122

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The Black Unicorn is a collection of poems by a woman who, Adrienne Rich writes, "for the complexity of her vision, for her moral courage and the catalytic passion of her language, has already become, for many, an indispensable poet."

A Burst of Light

And Other Essays

Author: Audre Lorde

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486818993

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

View: 1507

Moving, incisive, and enduringly relevant writings by the African-American poet and feminist include her thoughts on the radical implications of self-care and living with cancer as well as essays on racism, lesbian culture, and political activism.

The Gilda Stories

Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition

Author: Jewelle Gomez

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

ISBN: 0872866998

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 1276

Before Buffy, before Twilight, before Octavia Butler's Fledgling, there was The Gilda Stories, Jewelle Gomez's sexy vampire novel. "The Gilda Stories is groundbreaking not just for the wild lives it portrays, but for how it portrays them--communally, unapologetically, roaming fiercely over space and time."--Emma Donoghue, author of Room "Jewelle Gomez sees right into the heart. This is a book to give to those you want most to find their own strength."—Dorothy Allison This remarkable novel begins in 1850s Louisiana, where Gilda escapes slavery and learns about freedom while working in a brothel. After being initiated into eternal life as one who "shares the blood" by two women there, Gilda spends the next two hundred years searching for a place to call home. An instant lesbian classic when it was first published in 1991, The Gilda Stories has endured as an auspiciously prescient book in its explorations of blackness, radical ecology, re-definitions of family, and yes, the erotic potential of the vampire story. Jewelle Gomez is a writer, activist, and the author of many books including Forty-Three Septembers, Don't Explain, The Lipstick Papers, Flamingoes and Bears, and Oral Tradition. The Gilda Stories was the recipient of two Lambda Literary Awards, and was adapted for the stage by the Urban Bush Women theater company in thirteen United States cities. Alexis Pauline Gumbs was named one of UTNE Reader's 50 Visionaries Transforming the World, a Reproductive Reality Check Shero, a Black Woman Rising nominee, and was awarded one of the first-ever "Too Sexy for 501c3" trophies. She lives in Durham, North Carolina. More praise for The Gilda Stories: "Jewelle's big-hearted novel pulls old rhythms out of the earth, the beauty shops and living rooms of black lesbian herstory, expressed by the dazzling vampire Gilda. Her resilience is a testament to black queer women’s love, power, and creativity. Brilliant!"--Joan Steinau Lester, author of Black, White, Other "In sensuous prose, Jewelle Gomez uses the vampire story as a vehicle for a re-telling of American history in which the disenfranchised finally get their say. Her take on queerness, community, and the vampire legend is as radical and relevant as ever."--Michael Nava, author of The City of Palaces "The Gilda Stories are both classic and timely. Gilda emphasizes the import of tenets at the crux of black feminism while her stories ring with the urgency of problems that desperately need to be resolved in our current moment."--Theri A. Pickens, author of New Body Politics "The Gilda Stories was ahead of its time when it was first published in 1991, and this anniversary edition reminds us why it's still an important novel. Gomez's characters are rooted in historical reality yet lift seductively out of it, to trouble traditional models of family, identity, and literary genre and imagine for us bold new patterns. A lush, exciting, inspiring read."--Sarah Waters, author of Tipping the Velvet " . . . its focus on a black lesbian who possesses considerable agency througout the centuries, and its commentary on gender and race, remain significant and powerful."--Publishers Weekly

Living as a Lesbian

Author: Cheryl Clarke

Publisher: A Midsummer Nights Press

ISBN: 9781938334061

Category: Poetry

Page: 152

View: 933

Poetry. African American Studies. LGBT Studies. LIVING AS A LESBIAN is Cheryl Clarke's paean to lesbian life. Filled with sounds from her childhood in Washington, DC, the riffs of jazz musicians, and bluesy incantations, LIVING AS A LESBIAN sings like a marimba, whispering "i am, i am in love with you." LIVING AS A LESBIAN chronicles Clarke's years of literary and political activism with anger, passion, and determination. Clarke mourns the death of Kimako Baraka, "sister of famous artist brother," celebrates the life of Indira Gandhi, and chronicles all kinds of disasters—natural and human-made. The world is large in LIVING AS A LESBIAN but also personal and intimate. These poems are closely observed and finely wrought with Clarke's characteristic charm and wit shining throughout. In 1986, LIVING AS A LESBIAN captured the vitality and volatility of the lesbian world; today, in a world both changed and unchanged, Clarke's poems continue to illuminate our lives and make new meanings for LIVING AS A LESBIAN.