Charlotte, North Carolina; Amherst, Massachussetts; Rockland, Maine; Berkeley, California: Sinister Wisdom; Catherine Nicholson and Harriet Ellenberger Desmoines; Michelle Cliff and Adrienne Rich; Elana Dykewomon, 1977-1990.
Paperback. A solid collection of these six issues of the foundational feminist, oldest surviving, and longest operating lesbian journal to date. Founded in 1976 by Catherine Nicholson and Harriet Ellenberger (Desmoines), Sinister Wisdom has spanned eras, waves, and genres with issues currently numbering over a hundred, a body of work forming a vital historical resource of American lesbian art and writing from the late 1970s to today. The magazine has featured work by notable contributors including writer and civil rights activist Audre Lorde, poet Adrienne Rich, essayist Anita Cornwell, scholar and novelist Gloria E. Anzaldúa, poet Toi Dericotte, poet Joy Harjo, science fiction novelist Joanna Russ, writer and activist Elana Dykewomon, novelist Michelle Cliff, and essayist Minnie Bruce Pratt, all of whom are represented in these six issues. Each issue is rich with poetry, fiction, non-fiction, book reviews, lesbian theory, art, and photography related to feminism and lesbianism. Sinister Wisdom 24 is Michelle Cliff and Adrienne Rich's last issue as editors and includes "Notes for a Magazine" by both. Sinister Wisdom 41 is devoted to the experiences of Italian-American women.
8 1/4" X 6"; 8 3/8" X 5 3/8"; all others 8 1/2" X 5 3/8". 104pp; 112pp; 112pp; 128pp; 192pp; 144pp. Moderate wear to paper wraps, with soiling and foxing to covers, occasional creasing and sunning to spines, and edgewear, light creasing, and occasional small tears to extremities. Foxing and dust soiling to top edges of text blocks. Occasional foxing to pages, else unmarked. Spot of soiling to front pastedown and contents page of Sinister Wisdom 41. Bindings are firm and sound. Sinister Wisdom 3 is staplebound, all others paperbacks. Good. Item #4133