Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. African & African American Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Women's Studies. Poets Audre Lorde and Pat Parker first met in 1969; they began exchanging letters regularly five years later. Over the next fifteen years, Lorde and Parker shared ideas, advice, and confidences through the mail. They sent each other handwritten and typewritten letters and postcards often with inserted items including articles, money, and video tapes. SISTER LOVE: THE LETTERS OF AUDRE LORDE AND PAT PARKER 1974-1989 gathers this correspondence for readers to eavesdrop on Lorde and Parker. They discuss their work as writers as well as intimate details of their lives, including periods when each lived with cancer. SISTER LOVE is a rare opportunity to glimpse inside the minds and friendship of two great twentieth century poets.
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Audre Lorde graduated from Hunter College in New York with a B.A. in 1959 and earned a master's degree in library science at Columbia University in 1961. After working several years as a librarian, Lorde received a National Endowments for the Arts grant in 1968 and became poet-in- residence at Tougaloo College in Mississippi. There she met Frances Louise Clayton, who eventually became her partner of nineteen years. Lorde published her first volume of poetry, The First Cities, in 1968. In 1978 she became a professor of English, first at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, and later at Hunter College. Both her poetry and prose have received numerous honors, including nominations for the National Book Award for From a Land Where Other People Live in 1974, the American Library Association's Gay Caucus Book of the Year Award for THE CANCER JOURNALS in 1981, the Manhattan Borough President's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1988, and the American Book Award for A Burst of Light in 1989. During her lifetime, Pat Parker was a renowned African- American, lesbian-feminist poet and performer. She was the author of Jonestown & Other Madness (1985), Movement in Black (1978, 1983, 1989, 1999), Womanslaughter (1978), Pit Stop (1974, 1975), and Child of Myself (1972, 1974). Her poems appeared in numerous journals, newspapers, and anthologies. With Judy Grahn, she recorded the album Where Would I Be Without You (Olivia Records, 1976), and one of her spoken poems appeared on the album Lesbian Concentrate. Julie R. Enszer is the author of three previous poetry collections, LILITH'S DEMONS (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2015), HANDMADE LOVE (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2010) and SISTERHOOD (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), as well as the non-fiction collection Homesteading: Essays on Life, Death, Sex and Liberation (Spirit Press, 2012). She edited the anthology MILK & HONEY:Author City: USA