The Magic and Fury of Audre Lorde: Feminist Praxis and Pedagogy

February 24, 2014
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Audre Lorde

By Angelique V. Nixon I have been woman for a long time beware my smile I am treacherous with old magic and the noon’s new fury with all your wide futures promised I am woman and not white. ~ Audre Lorde “A Woman Speaks,” The Black Unicorn The words in this poem have been my guiding force for many years as Audre Lorde’s poetry helped me to make sense...
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Dear Audre…Epistolary Poems for Our Lorde

February 24, 2014
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Gloria Joseph and Audre Lorde
copyright: Dagmar Schultz

By Lyndon K. Gill In early June of 2013, the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) convened its thirty-eighth annual conference in Grand Anse, Grenada. Just a few months shy of the thirtieth anniversary of the United States-led invasion of Grenada in October of 1983— which ousted the island nation’s revolutionary government— and fast on the heels of the twentieth anniversary of Grenadian-American lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde’s passing into the...
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Claiming All That Is Within Me And Loving Myself Fiercely

February 24, 2014
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Audre Lorde (far right) with (l-r) June Jordan, Alice Walker, Lucille Clifton

By Farah Tanis I was named by my mother at birth in the presence of my grandmother, keeper, vessel of the Gods and Goddesses, descendent of over a hundred generations of holy-ghost women, rainbow serpent women, wrinkled skin ancestral Mambos (high priestesses of West-African Vodoun) whose eyes foresaw my happenings before I could utter a word, whose arms remain outstretched before me, and words exist softly, collectively in my...
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A Woman Speaks by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

February 24, 2014
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Cheryl

A Woman Speaks By Cheryl Boyce-Taylor I pick a bunch of hibiscus blooms. What lessons shall I learn from the spell of their senses?   For a long time I wanted to be a poet, but I was insecure about my writing, and often talked myself out of that dream. I was hard on myself. The thing I loved as much as poems were flowers, I knew that there...
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A Tribute to Sally Gross

February 23, 2014
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This portrait of Sally Gross is part of the Queer & Trans Art-iculations exhibition at Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg until March 30, 2014. This is a joint exhibition of Zanele Muholi and Gabrielle le Roux’s work.

By Gabrielle Le Roux Editors Note: We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of radical and revolutionary South African activist Sally Gross. We can’t think of a better forum than the Audre Lorde global forum to pay tribute to another warrior upon whose shoulders we also stand. It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. ~ Audre...
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On Audre Lorde

February 23, 2014
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Audre Lorde
Image Credit: © Dagmar Shultz

By Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman, Hebrew Biblical Scholar Professor Paula Cooey introduced me to the writings of Audre Lorde in a “Women, Religion, and Literature” course at Trinity University in 1984. I transferred to Trinity from Alabama State University. I moved to San Antonio with my then-husband because he was in the Air Force. In Dr. Cooey’s class, I opened up to a whole new world. I grew up Christian and...
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On Faith and Feminism: A “Sermon”

February 23, 2014
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Audre Lorde & Gloria Joseph
copyright: Dagmar Schultz

By Mary Kathryn Dean The Texts: Luke 8:4-15 When a great crowd gathered and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: ‘A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered...
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Dear Audre Lorde

February 23, 2014
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Image Credit: Dagmar Shultz

      Dear Audre Lorde, I thank you for the poem that you were and the poem that you are. You are the poem that I cling to at night when I’m afraid. You are my symbol of survival. I never had the chance to meet you in the flesh. My relationship with you is a ghostly matter. I found you in my dark hour, the sun was...
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TFW’s Tanisha C. Ford and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan at Critical Feminist Thought and the African Diaspora

February 22, 2014
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 Join TFW Associate Editor Mecca Jamilah Sullivan and Contributing Editor Tanisha C. Ford at the Critical Feminist Thought and the African Diaspora Symposium at UMass Amherst, Friday, February 28th. With this event, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst commemorates its 40th anniversary. It will bring together a group of scholars working at the intersections of black and feminist diasporic studies. Our keynote address “The Place of Black Feminism” will be...
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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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copyright Dagmar Schultz

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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