Chronicling the Stories of LGBT Youth in America

We Are the Youth, a “photographic journalism project,” has been spreading the stories of LGBT youth throughout the United States since June 2010: Through photographic portraits and “as told to” interviews in the participants’ own voices, We Are the Youth captures the incredible diversity and uniqueness among the LGBT youth population. We Are the Youth… read more

Twenty-One Boxes of Back Issues: A Summer of Preserving Literary History

Every editor has a stack of boxes somewhere in her home: extra copies of the current issue of the journal and boxes of back issues. Many journals have a rented storage unit with even more boxes. We bring them to conferences and readings to sell copies, sometimes at steep discounts. We strive to keep the… read more

'The Light that Puts an End to Dreams: New and Selected Poems' by Susan Sherman

One vibrant expression of the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM) in the 1970s and 1980s was poetry. The recent passing of Adrienne Rich reminded many people of poetry’s vitality for feminism and for politics more broadly. Through poetry, feminists shared a range of emotions—anger, defiance, love, lust, affection—and explored histories, myths, personal stories, feminist theories, and… read more

Adrienne Rich: Send Something Back

We must use what we have to invent what we desire. Adrienne Rich, What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics When I heard today that Adrienne Rich had died, I went to my disorganized shelves and started pulling out her books.  I found twelve of them, and I know that I’ve got more… read more

In Remembrance: Adrienne Rich

“…I was caught not just in the web of her words, but in the weft of her ability to express her politics so keenly, so succinctly, with such force and breadth.”

Writer Victoria A. Brownworth remembers poet, lesbian, feminist, activist, and essayist Adrienne Rich… read more

Poet Adrienne Rich, 82, has died

Adrienne Rich, a pioneering lesbian feminist, poet and essayist who was considered to be one of America’s most influential contemporary poets, has died. She was 82…. read more

'The Vicious Red Relic Love' by Anna Joy Springer

Springer uses journals, letters, myth, and doodles from feminist class lectures to create a interlocking puzzle map that guides readers on an intoxicating journey through the dyke community in 90s San Francisco…. read more

'The Promise of Happiness' by Sarah Ahmed

Who wouldn’t want to be happy? Beyond that, who would think to question happiness as a universal goal? In The Promise of Happiness (Duke University Press), Sarah Ahmed does just that. She unpacks the way that certain lives and object choices are associated with happiness or unhappiness, observing that happiness (or the desire for it)… read more

Celebrating Seventies Feminism

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I’m thinking once again about the rabid feminism that swept through the western world in the seventies. Many women came out as lesbians and feminists in that decade, our ardor fueled by the very blatant misogyny that surrounded us in northern England, where I was living at the time…. read more

Is There, or Should There Be, Such a Thing as 'Trans Lit'?

There’s a problem right away. If someone like Gore Vidal or Jeffrey Eugenides writes a book about a trans person it is hailed as brilliantly edgy, but if a trans person does the same thing it is likely to be rejected as the work of a self-obsessed weirdo…. read more