April 27, 2012 • Aunt Lute thanks all attendees for supporting “Struggle, Then and Now.” We are deeply honored to have facilitated an diverse dialogue between so many involved members of the Bay Area community, whose interest and passion makes such discussions possible. That said, while we are glad that complex issues our multi-generational community struggles with today were broached in our round table discussion, our intention was to create a space that was not only honest and open, but also inclusive and welcoming for as many people as possible, of all identities. We hear your desire for a continuing discussion, so please watch this space as we move forward.
April 25, 2012 • LeAnne Howe, author of fiction, poetry, screenplays, creative nonfiction, plays and scholarship that primarily deal with American Indian and Native American experiences, has been honored with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. You can read about Howe’s achievements (literary, educational, and otherwise), travels, and more in the press release about the 2012 award. One of the few literary awards to be presented to Native Americans by Native Americans, the Literary Achievement Award was most recently awarded to Sherman Alexie in 2010.
Animal Prufrock is a musician, poet, artist and television theme song interpretive dancer. S/he currently lives in San Francisco where s/he is the musical director for CASA, a children’s art program that produces an original musical each year. Currently, s/he is pursuing a PhD in Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and lives with her mini hotdog and 70’s femme secretary in San Francisco.
April 11, 2012 • Where can you find bell hooks, Gloria Anzaldúa and Hermione Granger side by side? Why, the Feminist Harry Potter Tumbler, of course! The brainchild of Krystie Yadoli of Syracuse University, this blog brings to light the existing feminist ideas within the rich Potterverse and also provides a forum to discuss the more problematic elements. Return to Hogwarts with an eye for how this pop culture touchstone, written by a single mother, touches not just on myths and magic, but also on some of the feminist theory we love.
Aunt Lute celebrates the 25th anniversary of Gloria Anzaldúa‘s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza with weekly quotes about the enduring importance and beauty of this groundbreaking work. An influence work in women’s and Chicana/Latina studies—and in the lives of everyday people—Borderlands not only expressed Gloria’s perspectives as a queer mestiza, but offered a new, hybrid way of speaking and understanding for all outsiders.
Do you have a favorite quote about Borderlands? Share it with us!
April 4, 2012 • As many of you know, celebrated poet, feminist, and activist Adrienne Rich passed away last week at the age of 82. Her prolific works gave voice to communities that had been—and all to often continue to be—stifled, and inspired a generation of women, writers, and intellectuals. Democracy Now! invited fellow poet Alice Walker and her longtime literary agent Frances Goldin to speak on Rich’s work and influence. Aunt Lute has published work by Adrienne Rich Alice Walker in the The Aunt Lute Anthology of American Women Writers, Volume Two and Alice Walker Banned.
I will begin with my name, Animal Prufrock. When I was fifteen years old, my high school English teacher introduced our class to “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot. I was a very conscious teen with cosmic interests and an esoteric melancholia of my own―feeling very alone in my deep, while the superficial high school buzz filled the hallways and halftimes with cotton candy and cute shoes. I did have my own pair of cute shoes―the last vestige of butch I could express in the forced catholic pleated uniform that made me be a girl in the skirted way girls must be―even in 1990.
I had an Italian Catholic name back then―long letters and lots of a’ & e’s and lli’s. If only I could have erased the last feminizing vowels, I would have been a boy.