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Writers Explore the Lesbian Body: A Sinister Wisdom Reading

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Writers Explore the Lesbian Body: A Sinister Wisdom Reading
October 27, 2017 7:00 PM
October 27, 2017 9:00 PM
Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
September 27, 2017
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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Sinister Wisdom October 2017 copy


A sterling, fabulous, joyous line-up of writers and artists will read in celebration of The Lesbian Body, Issue #106 of Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal which works to seeks to open, consider and advance the exploration of lesbian community issues. Issue #106 was guest edited by the ever-kind and admirably fierce Tara Shea Burke. Indefatigable Julie Enszer is editor of Sinister Wisdom. Among the readers, some local, some flying in for the event are Vi Khi Nao, Sarah Fonseca, Jenny Factor, Amber Carpenter, Ayasha Guerin, Tara Shea Burke, Julie Enszer, Joan Larkin, Sarah Sarai, Red Washburn, and others TBD.


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Tara Shea Burke is the editor of Issue 106 of Sinister Wisdom – “The Lesbian Body.” She is author of Let the Body Beg (ELJ), a collection of poems which Tim Seibles described as “part of the cure.” At Old Dominion University in Virginia she created reflective poetry and essays to promote study abroad courses and utilized field research in Africa to apply global pedagogies and greater global awareness in university writing programs.


Amber Carpenter is an MFA candidate within the Creative Nonfiction program at Columbia College Chicago. She completed her MA in English from East Carolina University in 2012 with a concentration in both poetry and nonfiction. Her work, which includes writing and photography, has been published in Sinister Wisdom, Mount Hope Magazine, and Glassworks Magazine.


Alexis Clements is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. A regular contributor to Hyperallergic, her writing has also appeared in Salon, Bitch Magazine, American Theatre, The Brooklyn Rail, the Guardian, Nature, and Two Serious Ladies, among others. She is currently working on a documentary film about physical spaces where queer women gather. Follow her @alexisclements


Scholar and poet Julie Enszer is the editor of Sinister Wisdom and author of four poetry collections, Avowed (Sibling Rivalry Press, Lilith’s Demons (A Midsummer Night’s Press), Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press), and Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press); She is also editor of The Complete Works of Pat Parker and Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry. We are grateful to her for her many contributions to lesbian literature.


Jenny Factor is an archaeologist of object and mind; she is also a feminist, a mother, and a dog-lover. Her poem collection, Unraveling at the Name (Copper Canyon Press), was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her work has been supported by an Astraea Grant in poetry.


Sarah Fonseca is a publicly-educated writer who lives in New York City. Her essays, criticism, filthy ideas, and their overlapping iterations have appeared (or will soon appear) in Autostraddle, Best Lesbian Erotica 2018, The Lambda Literary Review, Math Magazine, Nylon, and Slate. She’s currently working on a series of essays on women and strength pursuits.


Ayasha Guerin is an artist and scholar based in Brooklyn. Her art and writing concern themes of the urban/natural, public and private space, ecology, community and security. She shoots her analog photography on a Canon A-1 that has passed through three generations of family. It is the same camera that captured her baby photos. She is currently a PhD candidate in NYU’s American Studies department.


Vi Khi Nao is the author of the forthcoming story collection A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize. Her novel Fish in Exile was published by Coffee House Press, and her poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University where she received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in fiction and the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award in poetry.


Joan Larkin’s poems, plays, and other writings have won awards from Lambda Literary–including the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, the National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the American Academy of Poets and many other. She has published many poetry collections and anthologies, plays, and nonfiction. Her most recent collection is Blue Hanuman (Hanging Loose Press).


Sarah Sarai’s poems and stories are in Barrow Street, Callisto, Fairy Tale Review, Posit, decomP, Lavender, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Collagist, Cleaver, Boston Review, Threepenny Review, Bone Bouquet, and other publications. Her most recent chapbook is Geographies of Soul and Taffeta (Indolent Books). Her collection is The Future Is Happy (BlazeVOX). She is a freelance editor and adjunct prof. Follow her everywhere @SarahSarai


Red Washburn, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of English and Co-Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Kingsborough Community College. Her articles appear in Journal for the Study of RadicalismWomen’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and Journal of Lesbian Studies. Her poetry collection is Crestview Tree Woman (Finishing Line). She co-edited Sinister Wisdom issue 103, “Celebrating the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival.”