Board of Directors

Roberta Arnold is a fat, disabled writer dyke and a second-generation lesbian feminist writer proudly volunteering on the Board of Directors at Sinister Wisdom writing book reviews; She is living out the twilight years on a farm with her sister and their beloved animals, now retired on social security disability, after working thirty years as a Hospice caregiver. She has written short stories and given readings in San Francisco and New York City. In 1971 she published a short story in Ain't I A Woman? entitled "A Gay Fairytale," about a princess named Snowshoe who grew up among a band of women who lived in a cave disowning her royal bloodline for the cave-dweller legacy.

Tara Shea Burke is a poet, yoga and writing teacher, and restaurant server. She served as poetry editor for The Quotable and Barely South Review, has an MFA from Old Dominion University, and her chapbook Let the Body Beg was published by ELJ Publications in 2014. She volunteers for Sinister Wisdom and is the grants administrator for The Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc. Find more with links to publications at

Cheryl Clarke is the author of four books of poetry, Narratives: poems in the tradition of black women (1982), Living as a Lesbian (1986), Humid Pitch (1989), Experimental Love (1993), the critical study, After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement (Rutgers Press, 2005), and The Days of Good Looks: Prose and Poetry 1980-2005 (Carroll and Graf, 2006). She continues to write poetry and essays. Her latest manuscript is entitled By My Precise Haircut.

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Julie R. Enszer is editor of Sinister Wisdom. She is the author of Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010) and Sisterhood, a chapbook (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010). She is the editor of Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2011), which is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry. She has her MFA from the University of Maryland and is enrolled currently in the PhD program in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. She is a regular book reviewer for the Lambda Book Report and Calyx. You can read more of her work at

Sue Lenaerts designed and maintained the Sinister Wisdom website from 2004 - 2012 in addition to contributing art, writing, editing and layout to the journal. Sue was a charter member of the Washington, DC Rape Crisis Center and a founder of the Feminist Alliance Against Rape. She served as an executive vice president of Maryland NOW and was active in lobbying and winning anti-discrimination legislation for lesbian, gays, bisexuals and transgenders. Sue was the first openly out lesbian on the Prince George's County, Maryland Human Relations Commission. A graduate of University of Maryland University College and an Oracle Certified Professional, Sue currently works as a database administrator and manages websites for several progressive non-profits.

Rose Norman is a retired professor of English and women's studies who grew up in rural Alabama and now lives in Huntsville, Alabama. Her lifelong interest in stories of women's lives led to scholarly research on American women's autobiography. As general editor of the Southern Lesbian-Feminist Activist Herstory Project, she has interviewed eighty-seven lesbians and is eager to interview more.

Joan Nestle was born in the Bronx in 1940 and spent most of her life in New York City, where, in 1958, she entered public lesbian life in the bars of Greenwich Village. She taught writing in the SEEK Program at Queens College from 1965 to 1990. In 1974, she cofounded the Lesbian Herstory Archives which still thrives today in its Brooklyn home. Her own provinciality ended, she hopes, when she moved to Melbourne, Australia, in 2002 to be with her lover, Dianne Otto. At seventy-three Nestle is most grateful when she is forced to see with new eyes that which she thought she knew. She is the author of A Restricted Country (Cleis Press, San Francisco, 2003, first published Firebrand Press, Ithaca N.Y., 1987) and A Fragile Union (Cleis Press, San Francisco, 1998) and editor of seven other books exploring the lesbian body and imagination. For her most recent writing, see

Judith K. Witherow, a mixed race Native American Indian, lesbian, differently-abled feminist activist, was born and raised in poverty in the Pennsylvania Appalachian Mountains. Judith is a writer, storyteller, poet, photographer, and a long-time contributor to Sinister Wisdom. Her book of poetry All Things Wild was released in 2003. For four decades her essays based on survival and social issues have been published in scholastic collections, anthologies, magazines, e-zines and alternative periodicals. She has been profiled in many publications. In 1994 she won the Audre Lorde First Annual Award for Non-fiction. She was awarded “Community Builder for Decades” by WPFW (Pacifica) Radio in 2007. She received an Award of Recognition from the Baltimore City Council, 2010.

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