Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

(Crossing Press Feminist Series)

 by Audre Lorde. With Cheryl Clarke (Foreword) (2007)

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

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…”

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

Above review from Amazon.com

Clint Smith: Beyond This Place

Clint Smith: Beyond This Place

Future of StoryTelling 2015

Published August 4, 2015

https://youtu.be/1QSYMZe4kwE

2015 Future of StoryTelling Summit Speaker: Clint Smith
Teacher & Poet
http://fost.org/summit/
Societal problems like racism and inequality often feel overwhelming. Clint Smith sees a possible remedy: storytelling. Through his work as a poet, educator, and activist, including an innovative program at the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, Smith often confronts how we’re socialized to simplify others down to their race, their class, or even just their worst moment. The same is being done to us, and thus our lives can feel riven by social divides. But if we learn to tell our own stories—to explore our emotions, and to captivate the emotions of others—we can fully engage with our shared humanity. Smith’s experience as a poet has made him adept at teaching these key storytelling tools, which he’ll be sharing at this year’s FoST.

Resistance

According to Google …

Resistance

re·sist·ance

rəˈzistəns/

noun

1.

the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument.

“she put up no resistance to being led away”

synonyms: opposition to, hostility to, refusal to accept

“resistance to change”

2.

the ability not to be affected by something, especially adversely.

“some of us have a lower resistance to cold than others”

Sister Outsider

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series), by Audre Lorde (Author), Cheryl Clarke (Foreword) (2007)

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

Reviews “…it’s been almost a quarter of a century since Audre Lorde’s essays and speeches in Sister Outsider made an indelible mark on 20th-century literature. But the words of the black lesbian feminist poet seem as lyrical and unforgettable, and, sadly, as relevant today as when she first tackled everything from racism and homophobia to ageism and class dichotomies. A must-have book that every lesbian should read.”—Curve Editor’s Pick “Lorde was a brilliant feminist poet and intellectual whose theories on the power of embracing our internal contradictions as well as the differences between people and groups is the way to powerful coalition building and social progress.” —New York Post, Sunday “Poet and librarian Lorde collected 15 of her finest essays and speeches in this 1984 volume. With her poet’s command of language, she addresses sexism, racism, black women, black lesbians, eroticism, and more. Still powerful.”—Library Journal, Starred Review“Audre Lorde is a passionate sage. I say ‘is’ and not ‘was’ because her keen insights continue to provoke and sustain us and give us courage. The reissue of this book is a gift to longtime admirers and to new readers who have yet to discover the power and grace and splendid audacity of Audre Lorde.”—Valerie Miner, author of After Eden and professor of feminist studies at Stanford University“[ Lorde’s] works will be important to those truly interested in growing up sensitive, intelligent, and aware.”—New York Times