|Judy Rae Grahn|
Judy Rae Grahn (born July 28, 1940) is an American poet. Grahn's work focuses on the feminist and lesbian experiences.
Judy Rae Grahn was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her father was a cook and her mother was a photographer's assistant. Grahn described her childhood as taking place in "an economically poor and spiritually depressed late 1950s New Mexico desert town near the hellish border of West Texas."
At 18 she eloped with a student at a nearby college named Yvonne. Grahan credits Yvonne with opening her eyes to gay culture. Soon thereafter she would join the United States Air Force. At 21 she was discharged (in a "less than honorable," manner, she stated) for being a lesbian.
Grahn's poetry is at times free verse, covering mainly feminist and lesbian subjects and themes. She uses plain language and what the Poetry Foundation describes as an "etymological curiosity that often eschews metaphor in favor of incantation." Grahn does not limit her work to just written poetry, but also collaborates with other artists such as singer-songwriter Anne Carol Mitchell and dancer and choreographer Anne Blethenthal.
Her first poetry collection, Edward the Dyke and Other Poems was released in 1971, and was combined with She Who (1972) and A Woman is Talking to Death (1974) in a poetry collection titled The Words of a Common Woman," in 1978.
A collection of selected and newer poems, love belongs to those who do the feeling (2008) won the 2009 Lambda Literary Award for lesbian poetry. Grahn has been the recipient of other awards for her work. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an American Book Review award, an American Book Award, an American Library Award, and a Founding Foremothers of Women’s Spirituality Award.
- Edward the Dyke, and other poems. Oakland, CA: Women's Press Collective, 1971.
- The Common Woman. Oakland, CA: Women's Press Collective, 1973
- (illustrated by Wendy Cadden). Oakland, CA: Women's Press Collective, 1979.
- A Woman is Talking to Death: Poem. Oakland, CA: Women's Press Collective, 1974.
- She Who: A graphic book of poems with 54 images of women. Oakland, CA: Diana Press, 1977.
- The Queens of Wands: Poetry. Trumansburg, NY: Crossing Press, 1982.
- The Work of a Common Woman: The collected poetry of Judy Grahn, 1964-1977. Oakland, Ca: Diana Press, 1978; New York: St. Martin's Press, 1978; London: Only Women, 1985.
- Descent to the Roses of the Family. Iowa City, IA: Common Lives / Lesbian Lives, 1986.
- The Queen of Swords. Boston: Beacon Press, 1987.
- love belongs to those who do the feeling: new and selected poems, 1966-2006. Los Angeles, CA: Red Hen Press, 2008.
- Mundane's World: A novel. Freedom, CA: Crossing Press, 1988.
- Another Mother Tongue: Gay words, gay worlds. Boston: Beacon Press, 1984.
- The Highest Apple: Sappho and the lesbian poetic tradition. San Francisco: Spinsters Ink, 1985.
- Blood, Bread, and Roses: How menstruation created the world. Boston: Beacon Press, 1993.
- with Betty De Shong Meador. Inanna, Lady of Largest Heart : Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess. Austin: University of Texas Press (2001). ISBN 0292752423
- A Simple Revolution: The making of an activist poet.
- The Judy Grahn Reader (introduction by Lisa Maria Hogeland). San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 2009.
- True to Life Adventure Stories. Oakland, CA: Diana Press, 1978; Trumansburg, NY: Crossing Press, 1978.
- Really Reading Gertrude Stein: A selected anthology, with essays by Judy Grahn. Freedom, CA: Crossing Press, 1989.
Audio / videoEdit
- A Woman is Talking to Death, and other poems (audiocassette). Washington, DC: Watershed Foundation, 1990.
- History of Lavender (audiocassette). Los Angeles, CA: Pacifica Radio Archive, 1983.
Except where noted, discoographical information courtesy WorldCat.
- Dehler, Johanna. Fragments of Desire: Sapphic Fictions in Works by H.D., Judy Grahn, and Monique Wittig. New York: Peter Lang Publishing (1999). ISBN 0820436178
- ↑ Paul Russell (2002). The Gay 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Gay Men and Lesbians, Past and Present. Kensington Books. pp. 341–343. ISBN 978-0-7582-0100-3. http://books.google.com/books?id=jACXalmJ3nEC&pg=PA341. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Judy Grahn, Poetry Foundation. Web, Dec. 29, 2011.
- ↑ Lisa L. Moore, It Is an Apple: An interview with Judy Grahn, Los Angeles Review of Books, August 23, 2013. Web, Aug. 29, 2014.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Search results = au:Judy Grahn, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Aug. 29, 2014.
- Grahn, Judy (b. 1940) at the glbtq Encyclopedia
- Judy Grahn Official website.
- Judy Grahn (1940- ) at Modern American Poetry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- A Simple Revolution: Community dialogue with Judy Grahn website created by Aunt Lute Books honoring the history and legacy of the Bay Area lesbian movement
- Serpentina website founded by Dianne Jenett and Judy Grahn to support research, projects, and social activism in women's spirituality.
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