We held the first all-women’s dance of our west coast Gay Women’s Liberation movement in Berkeley in 1970, in a very plain green-walled rented, or maybe donated, hall. Several dyke volunteers guarded the doors to make sure men stayed away. All-women’s dances were happening in 1970 in New York and Boston as well, and perhaps other places, indicating that activist lesbians were on a similar energy beam and had moved outside the bar scenes. The guarded, possessive quality of typical gay bar life fell away for a while; we connected with each other in an eroticism of promises and power. A communal erotic and rebellious beat took hold of us; we began to dance with whoever was there, not as a romantic arrangement, but as a flirtatious soaking up and spreading of a new exhilarating vibrational rate. As I remember these were not couple dances, more geometric figures—four, five-sided, or circular—and the dancing was vigorous, interactive. In that first rush of sexual solidarity, we saw each other as a group of warriors, Gay Women’s Liberation’s handsome warriors. We saw each other, and in that first bursting we liked what we saw.
March 15, 2011
• The Ada Evening News
, Tulsa World
, and other Oklahoma news outlets celebrated LeAnne Howe
’s homecoming to receive the Tulsa Library Trust’s American Indian Festival of Words Author Award on March 5. LeAnne took a break from her work in Amman, Jordan to accept the award, which recognizes the literary contributions of outstanding American Indian authors.
March 1, 2011
• While many of are following the news in Middle East unfold our TV and computer screens, LeAnne Howe
is witnessing the events unfold around her as a 2010-2012 Fulbright Scholar living and teaching in Jordan, Amman. She is also working on a new novel that ties together the 1917 Arab revolt with present-day American Indians in the Middle East.