Social class and education could not save her. My colleague and friend, despite all her vigilance, earned el derecho de descansar in her death by feminicidio. She fought for her life and lost.
There is no better way to honor the memory of Rep. Elijah Cummings than to keep his dream alive.
Sinister Wisdom’s newest Sapphic Classic, A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant, releases into the world today. All of the Sapphic Classics are special to me, but this one repays an important debt from my youth.
Pro-Turkey militants reportedly killed nine unarmed Kurdish civilians this weekend—including Hevrin Khalaf, the Future Syria Party’s secretary-general.
A gifted writer and skilled editor, Toni Morrison helped build the foundations on which African American and women’s literature have flourished
Today we mourn the passing of Toni Morrison—a beacon who shined light on the truth and inspired the world by giving voice to Black women’s triumphs and tribulations. She touched our hearts, inspired our pride and moved us to action.
News of the civil rights activist and community leader’s death shocked the local community of Baton Rouge and sent ripples throughout the U.S. Ms. Sadie Roberts-Joseph: Rest in power.
The fact that this master poet, in the last decade of her life, felt inspired by other women writers to be “braver”—and worked to write those new poems—suggests that Mary Oliver finally exited the building that had once sucked all the air out of her body, and escaped that “broken house” of her childhood once and for all.
As a schoolgirl, Bernice Sandler objected to the way girls were excluded from the class activities the boys did. She told her mother that she was going to “change the world”—and she did.
Shange’s potent words remain eternal. May her spirit, which she once described as “too ancient to understand the separation of soul and gender,” rest in peace and power. May the artistic tools she left behind for so many of us continue to cement her legacy and “move us to the ends of our own rainbows.”