Join us on July 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm for a ZOOM conversation with lesbian-feminist poet and scholar Julie Enszer.
Julie will present from her recent scholarly research and essay, Dead Lesbian Poets: On the Lives and Deaths of Claudia Scott, Terri Jewell, and Lynn Lonidier, and take part in a conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O'Hanian.
The mythos of Sappho has her life ending when she throws herself from the Leucadian cliffs to a watery suicide. Three lesbian poets, Claudia Scott, Terri Jewell, and Lynn Lonidier ended their lives with suicide as an homage to Sappho, but their lives and poetry teach contemporary readers much about lesbian literary history and culture and offer living imperatives of celebration and pride.
The event, free and open to the public and will be conducted via ZOOM.
About the speaker:
Julie R. Enszer is a scholar and poet. Her scholarship is at the intersection of U.S. history and literature with particular attention to twentieth century U.S. feminist and lesbian histories, literatures, and cultures. By examining lesbian print culture with the tools of history and literary studies, she reconsiders histories of the Women’s Liberation Movement and gay liberation. Her book manuscript, A Fine Bind: Lesbian-Feminist Publishing from 1969 through 2009, tells stories of a dozen lesbian-feminist publishers to consider the meaning of the theoretical and political formations of lesbian-feminism, separatism, and cultural feminism. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in Southern Cultures, Journal of Lesbian Studies, American Periodicals, WSQ, Frontiers, and other journals.