Judy Grahn: Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal for 2014 San Francisco LGBT Pride
Judy Grahn, internationally renowned poet, writer, activist, and cultural theorist, has been selected as the Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal for the 2014 San Francisco Pride Parade!
Since the early 1960s, Grahn has been an activist for lesbian, feminist, and women’s spirituality movements. She was a member of Gay Women’s Liberation, one of the first lesbian feminist collectives on the West Coast, which established A Woman’s Place (the first women’s bookstore) and The Woman’s Press Collective (the first all-woman press).
Her work has won many awards, including an American Book Review Award, two American Book Awards, an American Library Award, The Publishing Triangle’s Lifetime Achievement Award (in Lesbian Letters), a Founding Foremothers of Women’s Spirituality Award, and an Independent Publisher Book Award. In addition to winning numerous awards, The Publishing Triangle, an association of lesbians and gay men in publishing, established an award in her name: The Judy Grahn Award, recognizing the best non-fiction book of the year that represents issues affecting lesbian lives.
Her most recent publication, A Simple Revolution: The Making of an Activist Poet, is a unique memoir and dramatic narrative of Grahn’s working class roots, her military discharge for being a lesbian, and her life as an activist poet in the Bay Area during the lesbian movements of the late 1960s. It was the winner of the 2013 American Book Award and was a finalist for the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Award, the 2013 Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction, and the Lambda award for best book in 2013 in the category of lesbian memoir/biography.
Other works by Grahn include She Who (1972), The Work of a Common Woman (1978), Another Mother Tongue (1985), Blood, Bread and Roses (1993), Love Belongs To Those Who Do the Feeling (2008), and The Judy Grahn Reader (2009).
The San Francisco Pride Parade is June 29. Visit sfpride.org for more information about the parade, as well as Pride weekend.