Archive for April, 2012

Feminist Texts by Women of Color

April 24, 2012

I am such a fan of free subject bibliographies. A librarian friend shared one with me recently that she saw on the blog My Life as a Feminista that I wanted to share on my own blog.

Titled “Feminist Texts Written by Women of Color,” this comprehensive lists divides the texts by type of resource (books, anthologies, and essays).  There are also a number of other authors and poets that the bibliography’s creator listed, such as Nikki Giovanni, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and Staceyann Chin.

Adrienne Rich Tribute

April 12, 2012

For many years I have called Adrienne Rich my favorite poet. In college I studied her work in a feminist poetry class; I also had the opportunity to see her read from her work.  Her essay “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence” was also deeply influential to me in my late teens as I was figuring out my own identity. These days I keep my personal copy of her collection “The Dream of a Common Language” on my desk at work at all times.

News of her passing last month touched me on many levels. A close friend texted me the news as I was riding on the train home from work. I spent the rest of my commute that day reading her “21 Love Poems” on my phone. It was with much gladness that I just learned Rich will be honored this coming Monday, April 16th at Columbia University at a memorial event called “Adrienne Rich: Tribute, Reading Celebration.”  Nearly twenty people will commemorate Rich by offering tributes and reading from her work.

I hope to see you there!

African-American Women Digital Collection

April 3, 2012

Duke University’s David M. Rubinstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library has some excellent online archival collections. Today I want to profile African American Women, which contains three digital collections.

The first is called “Elizabeth Johnson Harris: Life Story,” and includes full-text of memoirs and poems/articles written by Harris, a Georgia writer. The second collection is called “Hannah Valentine & Lethe Jackson: Slave Letters,” and the third is “Vilet Lester Letter,” a scanned version of a letter written by Lester in 1857.

While you’re on the Rubinstein website I encourage you to check out their other rich digital collections as well!