Welcome to A Simple Revolution, an online community forum for Judy Grahn’s new memoir, A Simple Revolution: The Making of an Activist Poet. An internationally recognized poet, writer, and social theorist, Judy’s memoir about the Bay Area lesbian movement of the turbulent ’60s and ’70s weaves her own stories with those of other feminist lesbian activists and comrades such as Pat Parker and Audre Lorde. This project hopes to create intergenerational community dialogue about the history and legacy of the Bay Area lesbian movement. We invite you to participate by contributing to the community forum. Thanks for visiting—we hope you’ll stay awhile!

“The Arrival” from A Simple Revolution

After a long process involving research and interviews, Judy Grahn’s remarkable memoir, A Simple Revolution: The Making of an Activist Poet, is finally available in print. Through riveting accounts of her experience in an era of dramatic change, fear, repression, and liberation, Judy invites her readers to partake in intimate memories that remind us that the world we live in was made by struggles personal and public, lost and won. We share with you an excerpt from Chapter 2—“The Body and its Discontents,” in which Judy shares how she came to be a part of the revolutionary movement in the Bay Area. We hope you enjoy this selection, and that her book can find a loving home inside yours. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on author events, signings, and more.
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