Memorial Tribute to Elana Dykewomon

Join Sinister Wisdom for a Celebration of the Life of Elana Dykewomon

Sunday, September 18, 2022
7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. MT / 4 p.m. PT

View the program here.

Elana Dykewomon Celebration of Life

Sinister Wisdom is planning a special tribute to Dykewomon in an issue of the journal. All are invited to submit writing, art, and poetry that celebrates Elana. The call for tributes to Elana Dykewomon will be open until the end of 2022.

Listen to an interview between Elana Dykewomon and Susan Jill (SJ) Kahn as a part of the Fabled Asp (Fabulous/Activist Bay Area Lesbians with Disabilities) Project here. Thanks to Laura Rifkin for sending it for inclusion.

Order Elana Dykewomon's books:
Sinister Wisdom 119: To Be a Jewish Dyke in the 21st Century
What Can I Ask: New and Selected Poems 1975-2014
Order Elana Dykewomon's 2009 novel, Risk, on Bywater Books.
Order her 1997 Lambda winning novel, Beyond the Pale, in ebook format on Open Road Media.
Order her 1974 novel, Riverfinger Women, in ebook format on Open Road Media.

More on Elana's passing:
Read a tribute to Elana Dykewomon written by current Sinister Wisdom editor, Julie R. Enszer, here.

"Famed Oakland novelist and lesbian activist Elana Dykewomon dies minutes before start of first play" by Martha Ross.

"Elana Dykewomon, influential Jewish lesbian author and playwright, dies at 72" by Andrew Esensten and Philissa Cramer in The Times of Israel.

"Elana Dykewomon, Author Who Explored Lesbian Lives, Dies at 72" by Alex Williams in the New York Times.

"Elana Dykewomon, Acclaimed Lesbian Author, Dead at 72" by Trudy Ring.

"Lesbian author and activist Elana Dykewomon dies" by Cynthia Laird.

"SF State remembers educator and influential writer Elana Dykewomon" by Jenna Mandarano.

Obituaries∙Remembrances∙Tributes∙Ruminations compiled by Bill Dobbs

AfterEllen.com | AJ
“How to Let Your Lover Die”: Elana Dykewomon Passes Away at 72
https://afterellen.com/how-to-let-your-lover-die-elana-dykewomon-passes-...

Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco)| Cynthia Laird
Lesbian author and activist Elana Dykewomon dies
http://www.ebar.com/story.php?ch=Obituaries&sc=&id=317967

Bedazzled Ink | C.A. Casey
In Memoriam: Elana Dykewomon
https://www.bedazzledink.com/spilling-ink/in-memoriam-elana-dykewomon#/

Bywater Books
Our Lost Sister
https://www.bywaterbooks.com/our-lost-sister-elana-dykewomon/

CampusMemo -- San Francisco State University
In memoriam: Elana Dykewomon
https://campusmemo.sfsu.edu/2022/august-22-2022

Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, MA) via Legacy.com
Death Notice: Elana Dykewomon 1949-2022
Elana Dykewomon (Nachman), trailblazing and brilliant lesbian Jewish author, poet, and community activist died on August 7 at her home in Oakland, CA surrounded by beloved friends and family.
https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/gazettenet/name/elana-obituary?id=3...

Euro Weekly News (Spain) | Josh Manning
Tributes pour in following death of American lesbian activist Elana Dykewomon
https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/08/08/tributes-pour-in-following-death-o...

East Bay Times (Oakland, California)| Martha Ross
Famed Oakland novelist and lesbian activist Elana Dykewomon dies minutes before start of first play
Dykewomon’s death from cancer Sunday comes as the Bay Area Playwrights Festival presented her play about her late partner’s struggle and death from Lewy body dementia
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2022/08/08/famed-oakland-novelist-and-lesbi...
Republished:
The Mercury News (San Jose, California) | Martha Ross
Famed Oakland novelist and lesbian activist Elana Dykewomon dies minutes before start of first play
https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/08/08/famed-oakland-novelist-and-lesbia...

Fempers Nyheter (Sweden) | Sagal Hussein Omar
Elana Dykewomon – lesbisk ikon och rosad författare
Poeten, författaren och gayaktivisten Elana Dykewomon har i fem decennier skrivit och satt kärleksrelationen mellan kvinna och kvinna i fokus.
https://fempers.se/2022/2022-08-23/elana-dykewomon-lesbisk-ikon-och-rosa...

Fugues (Quebec) | Chantal Cyr
Décès d’Elana Dykewomon, écrivaine juive, dramaturge et activiste lesbienne
https://www.fugues.com/2022/08/16/deces-delana-dykewomon-ecrivaine-juive...

Gay.it (Italy) | Federico Boni
Addio all’iconica scrittrice e attivista lesbica Elana Dykewomon
Si è spenta all’età di 72 anni. La Golden Crown Literary Society ha elogiato la sua eredità, definendo le sue opere fonte di ispirazione per le lesbiche di tutto il mondo.
https://www.gay.it/morte-scrittrice-lesbica-elana-dykewomon

Golden Gate Xpress -- San Francisco State University | Jenna Mandarano
SF State remembers educator and influential writer Elana Dykewomon
Among her many titles, Dykewomon was an award-winning author, poet, essayist, Lesbian activist and teacher at SF State.
https://goldengatexpress.org/99901/campus/sf-state-remembers-educator-an...

Jewish Currents | Julie R. Enzer
Shabbat Reading List: This week, Julie R. Enszer, the editor and publisher of Sinister Wisdom, has a remembrance of Elana Dykewomon, who ran the journal from 1987 until 1994
https://jewishcurrents.org/shabbat-reading-list/09-09-2022?mc_cid=2830bf...

Jewish Telegraphic Agency | Andrew Esensten and Philissa Cramer
Elana Dykewomon, influential author whose characters were Jewish lesbians like her, dies at 72
https://www.jta.org/2022/08/12/obituaries/elana-dykewomon-influential-au...
Republished:
The Times of Israel | Andrew Esensten and Philissa Cramer
Elana Dykewomon, influential Jewish lesbian author and playwright, dies at 72
Award-winning writer, whose characters were Jewish lesbians like her, passes away minutes before her first play, inspired by 2016 death of her wife, was to be performed
https://www.timesofisrael.com/elana-dykewomon-influential-jewish-lesbian...
See also:
The Times of Israel | Philissa Cramer and Andrew Esensten
Décès d’Elana Dykewomon, écrivaine et dramaturge lesbienne juive
La célèbre auteure, dont les personnages sont des lesbiennes juives comme elle, s'est éteinte peu de temps avant une représentation de la pièce inspirée de la mort de sa femme
https://fr.timesofisrael.com/deces-delana-dykewomon-ecrivaine-et-dramatu...

Jonet.nl (Netherlands)
Elana Dykewomon (72) was een lesbisch-Joods pionier – in memoriam
https://jonet.nl/elana-dykewomon-72-was-een-lesbisch-joodse-pionier-in-m...

J. The Jewish News of Northern California | Andrew Esensten
Activist-writer Elana Dykewomon dies, just as her first play debuts
https://jweekly.com/2022/08/09/activist-writer-elana-dykewomon-dies-just...

KPFA Radio (Berkeley, CA) | Mark Mericle
The Pacifica Evening News: Pioneering Oakland lesbian activist and author Elana Dykewomon dies (AUDIO)
https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Alfandary-on-Dykewoman.wav

Lambda Literary | Judith Katz
Remembrance: Elana Dykewomon, Jewish Lesbian Poet, Novelist, Agitator
https://lambdaliterary.org/2022/08/remembrance-elana-dykewomon-jewish-le...

Lesbiana.es | Amalia Baños
La autora y activista lesbiana Elana Dykewomon muere a los 72 años tras una batalla contra el cáncer
https://www.lesbiana.es/2022/08/12/elana-dykewomon/

Lesbian News
Acclaimed lesbian writer and activist Elana Dykewomon dies
https://lesbiannews.com/acclaimed-lesbian-writer-and-activist-elana-dyke...

Pink News (UK) | Danai Nesta Kupemba
Trailblazing lesbian author and activist Elana Dykewomon dies at 72 after cancer battle
https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2022/08/09/elana-dykewomon-death-cancer-lesbian/

Playwrights Horizon
The 45th Bay Area Playwrights Festival has ended but the story is not over...honoring Elana Dykewomon
https://t.e2ma.net/webview/4rhk9d/7858971f995b96b2fe083f9ce6058ece

Publishers Weekly | Sophia Stewart
Novelist Elana Dykewomon Dies at 72
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/Obituary/arti...

Q News (Australia) | Sarah Davison
Tributes for acclaimed lesbian author & activist Elana Dykewomon
https://qnews.com.au/tributes-for-acclaimed-lesbian-poet-activist-elana-...

Q Salt Lake Magazine (Utah)
RIP Elana Dykewomon
https://www.qsaltlake.com/news/2022/08/16/71504/

San Francisco Bay Times | Jewelle Gomez
What’s in a Name?
https://sfbaytimes.com/whats-in-a-name/

San Francisco Chronicle via Legacy.com
Death notice: Elana Dykewomon.
Beloved, brilliant, radical, Jewish lesbian writer Elana Dykewomon (Nachman), age 72, died on August 7, 2022, in her Oakland home surrounded by friends and family and her faithful dog, Alice (B Toklas).
https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/sfgate/name/elana-dykewomon-obituar...

Sinister Wisdom | Julie R. Enszer
Remembering the Magic of Elana Dykewomon
https://us3.campaign-archive.com/?u=25e4728bbc8585d94bbed9b57&id=1a519280c3

The Advocate | Trudy Ring
Elana Dykewomon, Acclaimed Lesbian Author, Dead at 72
Her famous works included Riverfinger Women and Beyond the Pale.
https://www.advocate.com/people/2022/8/08/elana-dykewomon-acclaimed-lesb...
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Yahoo News | Trudy Ring
Elana Dykewomon, Acclaimed Lesbian Author, Dead at 72
https://news.yahoo.com/elana-dykewomon-acclaimed-lesbian-author-00183497...

The New York Times | Alex Williams
Elana Dykewomon, Author Who Explored Lesbian Lives, Dies at 72
In a five-decade career that began with the coming-of-age novel “Riverfinger Women,” she was outspoken in her fiction, her poetry and her life.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/14/books/elana-dykewomon-dead.html
Republished:
San Francisco Examiner | Alex Williams
Elana Dykewomon, author who explored lesbian lives, dies at 72
https://www.sfexaminer.com/culture/literature/elana-dykewomon-author-who...

The New York Times via Legacy.com
Death notice: Elana Dykewomon. Dykewomon-Nachman--Elana.
Poet, novelist, Jewish lesbian feminist multi-cultural worker and organizer, editor and playwright.
https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/nytimes/name/elana-dykewomon-obitua...

WindsorMountainSchool.com
Memoriam: Elana Dykewomon
https://www.windsormountainschool.com/memoriam/elana-dykewomon-obit/

Windy City Times (Chicago)
Lesbian writer/activist Elana Dykewomon dies at 72
https://www.windycitytimes.com/lgbt/PASSAGES-Lesbian-writer-activist-Ela...

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