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.
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:
Christina M. Wells
Mie Astrup Jensen
Kaye Lin Kuphal
and a tribute to writer and editor Michelle Cliff.
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.
Featured writers and artists include:
and many more!
Sinister Wisdom 110: Dump Trump features serious, satirical, and humorous writing in varied genres and forms, e.g., email correspondence, essay, poetry, short fiction, blog entries, novel excerpt, and interview—all reflecting lesbian ideas, notions, and actions of/for what it will take to unseat the Trump regime.
This issue of Sinister Wisdom emphasizes the ways in which struggle is a lifelong vision and commitment to realizing a better world, even if we argue that the Trump era represents a particularly urgent call to action. And to echo Morgan Gwenwald, lesbians have been doing this work a long time. As always, we include a range of lesbians/ queer voices of all races, ethnicities, ages, abilities, religions, and gender identities. We explore what Trump politics has meant to us as lesbians/queers, document its chronology, reflect on historical resistance, and commemorate the power of lesbian/queer art and activism against a hostile state. And finally this issue is an issue against forgetting that, lesbian resistance is, as Joan Nestle says, older than the Trump era and will last longer.
Featured writers include:
Claire Bond Potter
Adriana de Luiza
Jewelle L. Gomez
Blanche McCrary Boyd
and many others.
Sinister Wisdom 109: Hot Spots explores the Southern spaces where lesbians gathered and organized during the past forty years. The ways that lesbians came together during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s were many and varied. There was no social media, no high-speed communication. Lesbians relied on the US Post Office, telephones, and face-to-face contact. Public advertising such as newspaper ads, flyers, and leaflets, had to be done carefully and discreetly. Learning about events of the past gives templates by which to formulate and support activism in the present and future. Oppression, restriction, discrimination, and disempowerment can take many forms, some more insidious than others, and activism can be especially difficult when one is a member of a despised minority that also is criminalized. Sometimes the most we can do is be ourselves and live the truth in our lives.
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.