Editors: Iemanjá Brown & Iris Cushing
70 pages, softcover, saddle-stitch binding
While Judy Grahn has been an essential figure in many movements and communities for over forty years—as a poet, lesbian/feminist activist, and major thinker about queer and women’s history and spirituality—her work has not always been read or recognized across these spheres. We present selections from one of her major out-of-print books, Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World, to bring this important work to a range of new readers. Accompanied by an interview conducted by co-editors Iemanjá Brown and Iris Marble Cushing, Judy Grahn: Selections from Blood, Bread, and Roses brings this important work of a poet’s scholarship back into the conversation.
JUDY GRAHN (1940-) was born in Chicago and raised in New Mexico where she lived until joining the US Air Force in 1960. Discharged “less than honorably” the following year because of her sexual orientation, Grahn moved to Washington D.C. where she discovered Civil Rights social activism and attended Howard University. A pioneer in the creation of women’s spaces and institutions, Grahn has been publishing groundbreaking poetry, plays, prose, essays, and scholarly studies since the mid-1960s. Some of her many publications include Edward the Dyke (1971), A Woman is Talking to Death (1974), The Work of a Common Woman:The Collected Poetry of Judy Grahn 1964-1977 (1978), love belongs to those who do the feeling: New & Selected Poems (2008), The Judy Grahn Reader (2009) and the memoir A Simple Revolution (2012). She lives with her wife, Kris Brandenburger, in California.