The Singing School: Lesbian Poet Foremothers

Panelists: Robin Becker (on Adrienne Rich), Gabrielle Calvocoressi (on Audre Lorde), Lyrae Van Clief Stefanon (on June Jordan), Lisa Freeman (on Minnie Bruce Pratt), Moderator Eloise Klein Healy (on Judy Grahn)


Bibliography for Adrienne Rich
Presented by Robin Becker

A Change of World (Yale UP, 1951)
The Diamond Cutters and Other Poems (Harper, 1955)
Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law: Poems, 1954-1962 (Harper, 1963; rev. ed., Norton, 1967)
Necessities of Life (Norton, 1966)
Leaflets: Poems, 1965-1968 (Norton, 1969)
The Will to Change: Poems, 1968-1970 (Norton, 1971)
Diving into the Wreck: Poems, 1971-1972 (Norton, 1973)
Poems: Selected and New, 1950-1974 (Norton, 1974)
Twenty-One Love Poems (Effie's Press, 1977)
The Dream of a Common Language: Poems, 1974-1977 (Norton, 1978)
A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far: Poems, 1978- 1981 (Norton, 1981)
Sources (Heyeck Press, 1983)
The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems Selected and New, 1950- 1984 (Norton, 1984)
Your Native Land, Your Life (Norton, 1986)
Time's Power: Poems, 1985-1988 (Norton, 1988)
An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems, 1988-1991 (Norton, 1991)
Collected Early Poems, 1950-1970 (Norton, 1993)
Dark Fields of the Republic, 1991-1995 (Norton, 1995)
Midnight Salvage (Norton,1998)
Fox ( Norton, 2001)
The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems Selected and New 1950–2000 (Norton, 2002)
The School Among the Ruins: Poems 2000–2004 ( Norton, 2004)

Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution (Norton, 1976, rev. ed., 1986)
On Lies, Secrets and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966- 1978 (Norton, 1979)
Blood, Bread and Poetry: Selected Prose, 1979-1986 (Norton, 1986)
What Is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics (Norton, 1993)
Arts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations (May 2002 / paperback )


Bibliography for Minnie Bruce Pratt
Presented by Lisa Freeman

Minnie Bruce Pratt was born in Selma, Alabama on September 12, 1946. She attended the University of Alabama and the University of North Carolina. Ms. Pratt’s work has been recognized by The Lambda Literary Awards; American Library Association; Lillian Hellman –Dashiell Hammett Award from the Fund for Free Expression; and the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Book Award. She has received the Creative Writing Fellowship of Poetry by the National Endowment of the Arts and is currently teaching at Claremont College through a Mellon Grant to promote work on gender and society. Minnie Bruce Pratt is the life-partner of Leslie Feinberg, author of Transgender Warriors: From Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman, Stone Butch Blues, TransLiberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come and TransLiberation: Beyond Pink-or-Blue.

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Books by Minnie Bruce Pratt

The Dirt She Ate
Walking Back Up Depot Street
Rebellion – Essays 1980 – 1991
Crime Against Nature
We Say We Love Each Other
The Sound of One Fork


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Bibliography for Audre Lorde
Presented by Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Lorde, Audre. The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde. W.W. Norton Publishers. New York, NY. 1997
Oliver, Mary. New and Selected Poems. Beacon Press. Boston, MA. 1992


Bibliography for Judy Grahn
Presented by Eloise Klein Healy

Edward The Dyke and Other Poems. Oakland, CA: The Women’s Press Collective, 1971.
A Woman is Talking to Death. Oakland, CA: The Women’s Press Collective, 1974.
She Who: a graphic book of poems with 54 images of women. Oakland, CA: Diana Press, 1977.
The Works of a Common Woman. Oakland, CA: The Women’s Press Collective, 1978.
The Queen of Wands. Ithaca, NY: The Crossing Press, 1982.
Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds. Boston: Beacon Press, 1984.
Highest Apple. Spinsters Ink, 1985.
The Queen of Swords. Boston: Beacon Press, 1987.
Really Reading Gertrude Stein: A Selected Anthology with Essays by Judy Grahn. Ithaca, NY:
Crossing Press, 1990.
Blood, Bread and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World. Boston: Beacon Press, 1993.
(available in its entirety online at the Metaformia site)


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