Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Paperback)

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Acclaimed Black feminist warrior-poet Audre Lorde is at her finest in this potent collection of essays and interviews. Giving name to the thought processes that underpin her poems, here, we witness Lorde grappling with racism in the women's movement, intra-communal anger between Black women, and partaking in a conversation with fellow lesbian poet Adrienne Rich that changed my life. A must-read for any student of poetry, Black studies, or women's studies.

— Malik


Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature.

“[Lorde's] works will be important to those truly interested in growing up sensitive, intelligent, and aware.”—The New York Times 

In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. This commemorative edition includes a new foreword by Lorde-scholar and poet Cheryl Clarke, who celebrates the ways in which Lorde's philosophies resonate more than twenty years after they were first published.

These landmark writings are, in Lorde's own words, a call to “never close our eyes to the terror, to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy which is . . . ”

About the Author

A writer, activist, and mother of two, Audre Lorde grew up in 1930s Harlem. She earned a master’s degree in library science from Columbia University, received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for poetry, and was New York State’s Poet Laureate from 1991 to 1993. She is the author of twelve books, including Zami and The Black Unicorn. Lorde died of cancer at the age of fifty-eight in 1992.

Praise For…

“An eye-opener”—Publishers Weekly

“[Sister Outsider is] another indication of the depth of analysis that black women writers are contributing to feminist thought.”—Barbara Christian, PhD, author of Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers

Product Details
ISBN: 9781580911863
ISBN-10: 1580911862
Publisher: Crossing Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2007
Pages: 192
Language: English