Call for Submissions: “Beyond Critique: Feminist Strategies in the 21st Century”

February 22, 2014
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Editors: Susannah Bartlow (guest editor), Stephanie Gilmore, Duchess Harris. A lot of the daily cycle of social justice work involves hassle, toxicity and disrespect. Whether turning outward to address microaggressions, systemic violence, misrepresentation and murder, or struggling in our communities for self-care and accountability, our work must be alert for poisonous practices. Our experiences (professional and personal) reflect this wider trend: we do, and we must, continue to critique...
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Love Poem Legacies: Activating Collective Erotic Power in the Name of the Lorde

February 21, 2014
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Sometimes it comes down to the pronouns.   When Audre Lorde first tried to publish “Love Poem” in her 1973 collection From a Land Where Other People Live, her editor Dudley Randall said there was something wrong with the pronouns.  “When I entered her?”  He didn’t know what to do with that.  According to biographer Alexis DeVeaux, his editorial feedback was that the feminine pronouns might confuse the reader.  ...
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Rediscovering Audre

February 21, 2014
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By Kathe Sandler The modern Black feminist movement was percolating when I was a child and I hardly knew it. Looking back all the signs were there—the hugely popular paperback book, The Black Woman, edited by Toni Cade Bambara sat on kitchen tables and nightstands. My mother, Joan Sandler, a pioneering African American arts administrator who grew up in Harlem, exposed my sister Eve and I to a steady...
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Blackbody Radiation and Blackbody Curve (Two Poems)

February 21, 2014
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By Samiya Bashir   Blackbody Radiation   isotropic catalyst intake breath o   barometric interference squall omen o   friction: still sky winder o   hush: listen rise awake o   open hands brought soaking o   hold secure brought wide-eyed o   set ablaze brought kicking o   blow to cool brought purpose o   flash: spin raise fathoms o   remember: release incantation o   remember: release...
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Breast Cancer: Lessons That Audre Lorde Taught Me

February 21, 2014
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By Tanya Christian A Black feminist, lesbian, mother, socialist, and warrior poet, Audre Lorde embraced her “outsider” status and wore it like a badge of warrior honor.  But her life changed forever when she found the first lump in her breast. Although that particular lump was benign, she realized a new kind of outsider status—mortality—and her life’s work took on a new meaning and urgency.  When she discovered the...
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Cross-Cultural Sisterhood: Audre Lorde’s Living Legacy in Germany

February 20, 2014
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By Marion Kraft In 1986, the first book by Black German women was published. It was inspired by Audre Lorde, who had met some of these women when she was lecturing at the Free University of Berlin. In the preface to the English edition Audre Lorde writes: To successfully battle the many faces of institutionalized racial oppression, we must share the strengths of each others vision as well as...
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Personal is Political: Meaning to Survive

February 20, 2014
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By Lynn Roberts Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of  political warfare. ~ Audre Lorde, A Burst of Light 1988 On the eve of my 52nd birthday, I realized that I was not well. I was mentally drained not only from the pressing demands of the academic industrial complex, but also my own inability, as Audre Lorde says, “to repress knowledge of...
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A Tribute to my friend, Audre Lorde

February 20, 2014
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Ika Hügel-Marshall and Audre Lorde
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By Ika Hügel-Marshall I have become stronger and more self confident because of my friendship with Audre Lorde. Thanks to her presence, my life has become more active in struggle. And it has also become more joyful. Audre is still with me.  For the 80th birthday anniversary celebration of Audre’s life almost twenty-two years after my dear friend Audre’s passing, I offer the following words: And when the time...
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A Love Note To Audre

February 20, 2014
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By Cassandra Ellerbe-Dueck (9 February 2014) Dearest Audre, It’s me Cassandra. So much has happened in my life since that spring evening in Munich in 1988 where you convinced me to interpret your poetry into a language (German) that I did not speak perfectly at the time. Nevertheless, you demanded that a Black woman interpret your words. I was scared out of my wits, but you insisted that I...
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My Coming Out As Black / Mein Schwarzes Coming Out

February 20, 2014
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By Ria Cheatom (English translation by Cassandra Ellerbe-Dück)  In January 1987, a white German girlfriend gave me a copy of the book Farbe Bekennen – Afro-deutsche Frauen auf den Spuren ihrer Geschichte (Showing Our Colors: Afro-German Women Speak Out)  From that moment onward, my life was forever changed. What I read in that book turned the past 40 years of my life upside down. I learned that I was not...
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Personal is Political: Are You Doing Your Work? White Transmen Holding Ourselves Accountable to Audre Lorde’s Legacy

February 20, 2014
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This tattoo on my left calf was inspired by many voices, but one of the most insistent was Lorde's asking me, "Am I doing my work?"

By Andrew J. Young When Aishah Shahidah Simmons first asked me to submit a piece to The Feminist Wire’s forum on Audre Lorde, I have to admit, I was nervous. Though I have considered myself a feminist for much of my relatively young life, it was only quite recently that I spent any meaningful amount of time reading and considering the work of Audre Lorde and other feminists of...
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