Sinister Wisdom reading at Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville, KY on June 15th at 7pm

Sinister Wisdom reading at Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville, KY on June 15th at 7pm

The contributing authors, artists, and activists of the Sinister Wisdom Oral Herstorian Collection shared their stories, poetry, and music that shaped the rise of the Southern Lesbian movement including Laura Shine, Carol Kraemer, Phyllis Free (Yer Girlfriend), Marge Van Gilder, Joyce Hopkins, Bettie Keeling (River City Wimmin), Calla & LauRose Felicity, and Carla Wallace. The event featured readings from Sinister Wisdom 93: Southern Lesbian Feminist Herstory 1968-1994, Sinister Wisdom 98: Landykes of the South, and Sinister Wisdom 104: Lesbianima Rising.

Check out performances from the event at the Sinister Wisdom YouTube Channel.

(right) the crowd at Carmichael's (left) Phyllis introducing the event

(right and left) Phyllis and Joyce Hopkins of River City Wimmin

(left) Phyllis with LauRose and Calla Felicity, who read from SW93 the piece about their work on domestic violemce in Louisville in the 80s (right) Rena reading from SW 104 Pagoda Playhouse story.

(left) Phyllis and Rena (Right) Carol Kraemer and Laura Shine reading from the Yer Girlfriend story.

(left) Carla Wallace reading about the Fairness Campaign.

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