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Julie R. Enszer
Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is a scholar and poet. Her book manuscript, A Fine Bind: Lesbian-Feminist Publishing from 1969 through 2009, tells stories a dozen lesbian-feminist publishers to consider the meaning of the theoretical and political formations of lesbian-feminism, separatism, and cultural feminism. She is the author of Lilith's Demons (A Midsummer Night's Press 2015), Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010), and editor of Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2011). Milk & Honey was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry. She has her MFA and PhD from the University of Maryland. She is the editor of Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary and arts journal, and a regular book reviewer for the Lambda Book Report and Calyx. You can read more of her work at

Entries by Julie R. Enszer

Revolution at Hand: Oriethyia's Love Song to the Warriors

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 12:03 PM

The fifth e-book in the Lesbian Poetry Archive's series of classic lesbian-feminist chapbooks is Oriethyia's Love Song to the Warriors. The facsimile edition of this important chapbook captures thematically the spirit and excitement of feminism during the late 1960s and 1970s. Love Song to the Warriors is a...

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Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 100 Anniversary

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 9:48 AM

While working on the current issue of Sinister Wisdom -- and thinking about the fortieth anniversary of Sinister Wisdom in 2016, the song "Anniversary" has been playing in my mind. When Meg Christian and Cris Williamson sang "Anniversary" at Carnegie Hall on November 26, 1982, they were celebrating...

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On Intersectional Queer Poetics

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 9:11 AM

Identity and intersectional identities are about power. To assert an identity and to assert a complex identity is to speak to power, to challenge power, to mobilize power, and to call power into action. Naming our realities, giving language to our bodies and how they move through the world, builds...

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Marriage: I Did Not Know What It Meant, Until I Did

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 10:40 PM

Before June 26, 2105, the only thing that bound my beloved and I together in all 50 states was a mortgage. We delighted in this fact. My grandmother always told me that property was the way working people aggregated wealth, and my beloved is a banker's lawyer. Mortgages are powerful...

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Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 99 Pleasure

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2016 | 5:00 PM

Happy Fortieth Anniversary Sinister Wisdom! On July 4, 1976, Harriet Desmoines and Catherine Nicholson published the first issue of Sinister Wisdom, welcoming into the world a lesbian journal to celebrate the many sinister wisdoms of lesbians. Sinister Wisdom 99: Pleasure begins the calendar year...

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Conjuring Lilith's Demons

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 12:27 PM


Lilith's Demon started with insomnia and a feral cat. The feral cat, Liza (with a z), came into our lives one day stalking breakfast near the tree where my wife feeds the birds. My beloved brought her into the house because she did...

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Dear Newlyweds: Take It From Me

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 1:30 PM

My wife and I celebrated our 19th anniversary in Santa Fe under blue skies and warm sun. Nineteen years does not seem like a long time in the face of the many couples we have seen in the struggle for marriage equality. James Obergefell and John Arthur had been together...

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A Conversation with Leah Lax, Author of Uncovered

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 5:22 PM

Leah Lax's extraordinary new memoir is Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home. Lax, who is a lesbian, presents a rare and intimate account of a woman's life among the insular Hasidim, the Jewish ultra-orthodox, where she had an arranged marriage and raised many children....

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Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 98 Landykes of the South

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 3:08 PM

Sinister Wisdom 98: Landykes of the South officially publishes today. It is the second special issue of Sinister Wisdom featuring memoirs, interviews, essays and artifacts from the Southern Lesbian Feminist Activist Herstory Project, a project of Womonwrites, the Southeast Lesbian Writers' Conference (

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How Gay and Lesbian Couples Make Marriage Better

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 5:12 PM

Now that marriage equality is the law of the land in the United States, I hope we can acknowledge that this influx of couples eager to embrace marriage can also change the institution of marriage--for better.

Here are five ways that LGBT couples already are changing fundamental ideas and assumptions...

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Spotlight: Queer Books, Diverse Books

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 2:56 PM

James Earl Hardy and members of the opening panel at OutWrite 2015

The meme #WeNeedDiverseBooks took Twitter, then the internet, by storm. Readers and writers explicated the power of books with diverse characters written by writers...

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James Earl Hardy's B-Boy Blues at 20

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 4:56 PM

1994. I remember it well. Bill Clinton was waging war on poor women who were mothers in his efforts at welfare reform. Our celebrity obsessions included OJ Simpson and Tonya Harding. We watched Forrest Gump and listened to Whitney Houston declare again and again, "I will always love you." Gay...

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Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 9:18 AM

Today is the official release date of Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians. There are many things that are unique about this issue of Sinister Wisdom. It is the longest issue of Sinister Wisdom that I have published since becoming editor and publisher in 2010; Sinister Wisdom 97:...

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My Bisexual Blunder

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2015 | 3:39 PM

Friday night. I was waiting for my wife to come home with the pizza dinner and half watching the new season of True Detective. I casually cruised over to Facebook, certain everyone in the world was having a more exciting life than I. When I saw the message from the...

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After Marriage Equality, What Will We Create Next?

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 5:27 PM

After Obergefell v. Hodges, the first decision from the Supreme Court of the United States that broadly affirms the lives of lesbian and gay people and provides us with vital recognition for our intimate relationships, many national organizations and leaders quickly pivoted from marriage equality to workplace and public accommodation...

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Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 96

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 12:00 PM

There is a short period between when I receive the new issue of Sinister Wisdom from the printer and when it goes to into the mail to subscribers. I love this time. I carry my personal excitement about the beauty of the new issue, my bliss at the milestone of...

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What Stories We Tell. Why They Matter.

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 4:34 PM

Beware of stories that come in beautiful packages. Two recent nonfiction books about lesbians in Illinois tell two very different stories. One is a beautiful, hardbound book from the once-feminist publisher Seal Press (now part of a New York-based corporate publishing conglomerate). The other, published by the independent Chicago-based enterprise,...

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After the Love Song: Or, Whatever Happened to Lloyd Dobler

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 4:39 PM

For a generation of us, Lloyd Dobler embodies the bold, romantic move. The moment when you realize that the person you love, the person you lust, the person you desire is standing right in front of you. In our most crushed out, infatuated moments, we see Lloyd Dobler, standing in...

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Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 95

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 9:21 PM

In 1976, the founders of Sinister Wisdom, Catherine Nicholson and Harriet Desmoines, wrote, "We'd become lesbian separatists because no other political position satisfied." Thirty-nine years ago, many feminists viewed lesbian separatism as a viable and important political strategy. Sinister Wisdom continues today as one expression of lesbian separatism...

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Beginning a History of Marriage Equality

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 1:27 PM

The race to write a triumphal history of the struggle for marriage equality for lesbians and gay men has begun. During 2014, publishers released two substantial books tracing the recent past. In the spring, Jo Becker's Forcing the Spring debuted with much fanfare and press attention....

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