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Julie R. Enszer
Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. She is writing a history of lesbian-feminist presses from 1969 until 2000. She is the author of Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010) and Sisterhood, a chapbook (Seven Kitchens 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. Sibling Rivalry Press will publish her second full-length collection of poetry, Sisterhood, in November 2013. 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

Rereading Cheryl Clarke's First Poetry Collection: Narratives

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 4:27 PM

The Lesbian Poetry Archive is pleased to present the fourth ebook in our series: Cheryl Clarke's Narratives.

First published in 1982 by Clarke, Narratives: poems in the tradition of black women is a vital part of lesbian-feminist print culture. During the 1970s and 1980s, lesbian-feminists created and...

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Are Too Many People Writing Poetry?

(4) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 9:37 AM

We are in the midst of a poetry renaissance. There are many signs of the poetry revival in our midst. Hundreds of small poetry presses. Reading series in local communities. Def Poetry Jam and Brave New Voices on HBO. The proliferation of MFA programs at universities....

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Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 93

(4) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 7:04 PM

Someday, I hope to meet Rose Norman and Merril Mushroom in person. I have talked with both of them on the telephone. We have exchanged innumerable emails. Together we all produced the new issue of Sinister Wisdom on the theme of Southern Lesbian-Feminist Herstories 1968-1994. I...

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Critique or Create? You Decide

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 4:52 PM

I love a good critique. In fact, critique made my life possible. Critique brought me into being. Critiques of heterosexuality and patriarchy, analyses that denaturalized male dominance and male-female pairings as right and normal, inspired my feminism and enabled me to come...

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On the "Lammys"

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 3:16 PM

On June 2, 2014, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate their twenty-sixth anniversary. Deacon Macubbin, owner of Lambda Rising Bookstore and publisher of the Lambda Book Report, started the awards in 1989. The first year of the "Lammys," (as many affectionately call the awards) winners included Paul Monette for...

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What I Have Become

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 7:01 PM

In late March, I became the kind of person I once hated. To explain requires a story.

During the 1990s, I worked at Affirmations Lesbian/Gay Community Center in metropolitan Detroit. For those who may not remember, being gay and lesbian in the early 1990s was quite different than being gay...

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LGBT Literature: It's Not All Life and Death

(9) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 6:26 PM


Two Internet memes are promoting literary issues that I care about deeply. On May 1, 2, and 3, a groups of activists, using the Twitter hashtag #weneeddiversebooks and a Tumblr, raised awareness about the need for diverse characters and...

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On Not Being a Parent

(12) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Questions of work/life balance continue to consume women in the United States. Should we lean in or push back? Will having the confidence to ask for what we want solve our dilemmas? Will timing or sequencing enable us to "have it all"? Or should we just...

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Sinister Wisdom Receives Leadership Award From Publishing Triangle

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 5:26 PM

Every year The Publishing Triangle recognizes outstanding LGBT books published in the last year and gives two special awards -- a Leadership Award and the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement -- to recognize excellence in LGBT publishing. On Thursday, April 24, 2014, Sinister...

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What I Did Not Save

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 4:22 PM

Listen, there are waters
Hidden from us
In the maze we find them still
We'll take you to them
You take your young ones
May they take their own in turn
But by your lives be you spirit
And by your hearts be...

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Thirteen Reflections on Citizen Poet Queer

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 1:18 PM



First, questions:

  • Who reads books by LGBTQ writers?
  • Who are our readers?
  • How do we find readers?
  • Where in our communities do we talk about books?
  • What role do books play in our lives?
  • How do we cultivate a habit of...
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Readers Wanted: Building LGBT Literary Cultures

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 11:09 AM


On Saturday, March 29, 2014, the sixth annual Rainbow Book Fair will be at the midtown Holiday Inn in Manhattan. Sinister Wisdom, the oldest, continuously publishing lesbian journal, will be there, sharing a table with

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Sinister Wisdom and the Legacy of Adrienne Rich

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 1:24 PM


In 2009, I took on the editorship of Sinister Wisdom with some trepidation. Did I have the time and energy to steward a lesbian-feminist magazine, especially one with such an august history? Was I up to the task that so many of my...

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Poetic Generations: Continuing Voices of Lesbian-Feminism

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 4:16 PM

On January 7, 2014, A Midsummer Night's Press and Sinister Wisdom jointly publish a new edition of Cheryl Clarke's Living as Lesbian as the second Sapphic Classic.

Republishing Living as a Lesbian connects me intimately with a poet I love and a publisher I love....

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doris davenport's it's like this

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 8:56 PM

doris davenport published her first chapbook, it's like this, in 1981; now it is a free e-book at the Lesbian Poetry Archive. it's like this emerged from vibrant feminist and poet communities in Los Angeles. Scholars and artists have written about Los Angeles feminist communities extensively, though more...

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Gone But Not Forgotten: The Afterlife of Lesbian-Feminist Chapbooks

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 5:45 PM

Chapbooks, literally cheap books, are popular among poets. Chapbooks are often a poet's first book, although established poets often publish chapbooks with a small corpus of work. Some publishers create finely crafted chapbooks using a letterpress; others assemble equally delightful chapbooks inexpensively using a desktop computer and printer. Poet/publishers Kristy...

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