About A Simple Revolution
A Simple Revolution is a project centered around Judy Grahn’s new memoir, A Simple Revolution. The two aspects of the project are this website and community events. The website serves as a community forum for people involved in and just learning about the activism of the ‘60s and ‘70s to discuss their impressions and create a dialogue with Judy Grahn, who, with other guest bloggers, will be posting her thoughts in the blog here. The community events continue the dialogue generated by the posts and comments online and bring participants together.
This project is supported by a grant from the Horizons foundation and Aunt Lute Books, a nonprofit, grassroots, multicultural women’s press, which has fostered the careers of lesbian and feminist authors such as Gloria Anzaldúa, Judy Grahn, and Audre Lorde since 1982.
Through this forum, we hope to generate community dialogue about the history and legacy of lesbian activism in the Bay Area, both to make a record of that time and to promote awareness. The site is also a resource for readers to engage with Judy Grahn as she shares what writing her memoir about the Bay Area lesbian movement of the turbulent ’60s and ’70s involved. The book weaves her own stories with those of other feminist lesbian activists and comrades, such as Pat Parker and Audre Lorde. Her posts offer glimpses into her revolution. We encourage you to read and respond to these posts on the forum.
Judy Grahn is an internationally recognized poet, writer, and social theorist. Her poetry collections include Edward the Dyke and Other Poems, She Who, The Work of a Common Woman, The Queen of Swords, and love belongs to those who do the feeling, among others. In addition to poetry, Grahn has written extensively on what it means to be a lesbian and a lesbian writer in works such as Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds and The Highest Apple: Sappho and the Lesbian Poetic Tradition. She has won numerous awards for her work, including an NEA Grant, American Book Award, and The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement (in Lesbian Letters).
Share Your Perspective
With your participation, A Simple Revolution will be a vibrant community space to record and recover the many-faceted history of Bay Area lesbian activism for those who lived it, as well as those who are just now discovering the relevance and power of the movement. We invite anyone interested in the ongoing tradition of Bay Area lesbian activism to consider contributing to the community forum.
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