Sinister Wisdom

Publisher info

Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal that publishes four issues each year. Publishing since 1976, Sinister Wisdom works to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space. Sinister Wisdom seeks to open, consider and advance the exploration of lesbian community issues. Sinister Wisdom recognizes the power of language to reflect our diverse experiences and to enhance our ability to develop critical judgment as lesbians evaluating our community and our world.

Where to find Sinister Wisdom online

Para las duras / For the Hard Ones
Price: $10.95 USD. Words: 22,570. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2018 by Sinister Wisdom. Categories: Poetry » Gay & lesbian, Poetry » Latin American Poetry
Para las duras: Una fenomonologia lesbiana / For the Hard Ones: A Lesbian Phenomenology, originally published in 2002, is a collection of poetry existing from and beyond the boundaries of language, sexuality, and genre. Each memory, meditation, analysis, and erotic snapshot are featured side-by-side in both English and Spanish.
Sinister Wisdom 101: Variations
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,820. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2017 by Sinister Wisdom. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Biographies, Essay » Literature
Sinister Wisdom 101: Variations explores different variations of lesbian-feminism. The truth is that women have not stopped loving women, and there is no indication that phenomenon will ever go away, but the language and culture of those women remain as variable today as they were in the twentieth century.
Crime Against Nature
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 24,720. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2017 by Sinister Wisdom. Categories: Poetry » Gay & lesbian
Minnie Bruce Pratt’s Crime Against Nature was the 1989 Lamont Poetry Selection from the Academy of American Poets, which recognizes a poet’s second collection of poetry. This new edition includes an introduction by Julie R. Enszer, a new afterword by Pratt, a reprint of Pratt’s speech at the Lamont award ceremony, photographs of Pratt and her family, and a bibliography.

Books

Sinister Wisdom 112: Moon & Cormorant
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,670. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2020. Categories: Poetry » Gay & lesbian, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Sinister Wisdom 112: Moon and Cormorant features an eclectic array of contemporary poetry, prose, and art by lesbians from around the world, including new work by: Marilyn Hacker Rita Mookerjee Christina M. Wells Mie Astrup Jensen Julie Weiss Chanice Cruz Emel Karakozak Lila Tziona Kaye Lin Kuphal and a tribute to writer and editor Michelle Cliff.
Sinister Wisdom 113: Radical Muses
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,820. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Poetry » Gay & lesbian
Sinister Wisdom 113: Radical Muses features an eclectic array of contemporary poetry, prose, and art by lesbians from around the world, including new work by: Andrea Assaf Tara Shea Burke Cheryl Clarke Marina Chirkova Estela González Barbara Haas Nancy E. Lake Vi Khi Nao H. Ní Aódagaín and much more!
Sinister Wisdom 115: Lesbian Learning
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 49,100. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Gay & lesbian, Poetry » Gay & lesbian
Sinister Wisdom 115: Lesbian Learning features creative work assembled by LB Johnston asking important questions about lesbians and learning. What do lesbians learn from one another? How do we learn from each other? What is the role of learning in our lives?
Sinister Wisdom 111: Golden Mermaids
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 42,090. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Gay & lesbian, Poetry » Gay & lesbian
Sinister Wisdom 111: Golden Mermaids features some of the best work from lesbian writers and artists working today. This issue of Sinister Wisdom offers testimony of lesbian lives today; they are a whisper and a promise to a future when lesbians are interested in reading the stories from these pages.
Sinister Wisdom 114 / A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant
Price: $12.95 USD. Words: 64,960. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
a new volume of the work of Native American writer Beth Brant, edited by Janice Gould. A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant collects the writing of Beth Brant, Mohawk lesbian poet, essayist and activist. During her life, Brant’s work gave voice to an often unacknowledged Two-Spirit identity, and today, her words represent continued strength, growth, and connection.
Sinister Wisdom 114 / A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant
Price: $12.95 USD. Words: 64,960. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
a new volume of the work of Native American writer Beth Brant, edited by Janice Gould. A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant collects the writing of Beth Brant, Mohawk lesbian poet, essayist and activist. During her life, Brant’s work gave voice to an often unacknowledged Two-Spirit identity, and today, her words represent continued strength, growth, and connection.
Sinister Wisdom 87: Tribute to Adrienne Rich
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,030. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Essays, Essay » Literature
Tribute to Adrienne Rich. Featuring 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!
Sinister Wisdom 109: Hot Spots
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 47,520. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » History
Sinister Wisdom 109: Hot Spots explores the Southern spaces where lesbians gathered and organized during the past forty years. This issue of Sinister Wisdom, fourth in our series of special issues covering lesbian-feminist activism in the late twentieth-century South, focuses on lesbian gathering places and ways that lesbians created community while continuing activism.
Sinister Wisdom 105: Passion Fruit and Wet Flowers
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,670. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2018. Categories: Essay » Literature, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Sinister Wisdom 105: Passion Fruit and Wet Flowers includes the best creative writing by lesbians accepted during the past two years through our open submission process. Creative work in Sinister Wisdom 105: Passion Fruit and Wet Flowers is an eclectic mix of poetry, fiction, a play, and creative non-fiction. Sinister Wisdom 105 continues to celebrate revolutionary lesbian-feminist consciousness.
Sinister Wisdom 100: Anniversary
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,710. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Essays, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Sinister Wisdom 100: Anniversary celebrates the fortieth anniversary of Sinister Wisdom in 2016. Sinister Wisdom is one element of a long history of lesbian culture—and a bold reach to the future with each issue published. Sinister Wisdom 100: Anniversary has many voices—old and new—singing in harmony. Together we can imagine another forty years of sinister lesbian imagination.
Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989
Price: $14.95 USD. Words: 31,350. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Essays
Pat Parker and Audre Lorde first met in 1969; they began exchanging letters regularly five years later. Over the next fifteen years, Lorde and Parker shared ideas, advice, and confidences through the mail. Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989 gathers this correspondence for readers. A rare opportunity to glimpse inside the minds and friendship of two great poets.
Sinister Wisdom 106: The Lesbian Body
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,380. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Sex & health
Sinister Wisdom 106: The Lesbian Body maps the body through poems, prose, essays, and stories. The Lesbian Body navigates elegance, vulnerability, and endurance found in the flesh. These poems and narratives connect bodies and how lesbians live through them; they express how lesbian bodies become both literal expressions of a truly lived life and the ground metaphor for lesbian being.
Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,560. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Essays
It is an enormous pleasure to present Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians, edited by Nívea Castro with Geny Cabral. Castro and Cabral have assembled an extraordinary collection of writing by Out Latina Lesbians including work by Janis Astor del Valle, Susana Cook, Alina Galliano, Alixa García, Marga Gomez, Cherríe Moraga, Monica Palacios, Bessy Reyna, and many more.
Sinister Wisdom 99: Pleasure
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,330. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Essays
Sinister Wisdom 99: Pleasure showcases new and returning writers to Sinister Wisdom. One of my pleasures is publishing our beloved lesbian-feminist writers, like Kitty Tsui and Cherry Muhanji, as well as newer writers like Denise Miller, Allison Berry, Sarah Neal, and many others. In this issue, you will find an array of incredible lesbian and queer writers.
Sinister Wisdom 95: Reconciliations
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 47,450. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Essays
Sinister Wisdom 95: Reconciliations is filled with creative and nourishing texts. Reconciling provocative work and opinions, Sinister Wisdom 95: Reconciliations responds to important facets in lesbian life and history.
Sinister Wisdom 89: Once and Later
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,670. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Gay & lesbian
Sinister Wisdom 89: Once and Later troubles the importance of time in lesbian life. Combining temporal designations of what once was, the present, and the future, Once and Later features two interviews; one of Joan Larkin, a veteran poet, by poet Sandra Tarlin, and another of filmmaker Catherine Crouch interviewed by Carolyn Gage, as well as great poetry, prose, and art.
Living as a Lesbian
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 22,350. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Gay & lesbian, Poetry » Female authors
Living as a Lesbian chronicles Clarke’s years of literary and political activism with anger, passion, and determination. 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.
What Can I Ask: New and Selected Poems 1975-2014
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 113,090. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Gay & lesbian, Poetry » Female authors
Drawing on Dykewomon’s impressive body of poetry, What Can I Ask: New and Selected Poems 1975-2015 assembles into a single volume poems from Dykewomon’s three published collections as well as a selection of newer, uncollected poems. Dykewomon continues asking questions and reaching for answers, demonstrating the power of poetry to comfort and enrage, inspire and arouse.
The Complete Works of Pat Parker
Price: $14.95 USD. Words: 74,660. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2017. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
The Complete Works of Pat Parker includes Parker’s masterwork, Movement in Black, as well as Jonestown & other madness. Parker’s prose writing is collected in The Complete Works along with two unpublished plays and a number of previously uncollected poems.
Sinister Wisdom 90: Catch, Quench
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,140. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Essays
Let Sinister Wisdom 90: Catch, Quench catch you and quench your love of lesbian literature and culture! Catch, Quench explores the complexity of lesbians through stories on love, family, and conflict to conjure up your hunger for more—and satisfaction.
Sinister Wisdom 92: Lesbian Health Care Workers
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 31,730. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Sex & health
Sinister Wisdom 92: Lesbian Healthcare Workers is a special issue that focuses on lesbian healthcare workers, and particularly nurses. Workers and recipients of lesbian healthcare come together to share their personal experiences through essays, poems, and other imagery that highlight systemic issues, and express gratitude to the healers within the lesbian community.
Sinister Wisdom 94: Lesbians and Exile
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,150. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Essays, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Sinister Wisdom 94: Lesbians and Exile confronts the challenges that face lesbians living where lesbian identity is still dangerous. Considering the many facets of exile and its relationship to lesbian identity, Lesbians in Exile, coedited by Joan Nestle and Yasmin Tambiah, addresses topics such as law and human rights, gender, ethnicity, culture.