Audre Lorde & Adrienne Rich Marathon Reading
Nov. 17, 2012, 12:00noon - 12:00midnight

View the page with archival materials from this event.

The Lesbian Herstory Archives (LHA) is celebrating the lives and contributions of Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich with a marathon reading of their work. Their work and presence as poets, theorists, activists and teachers inspired decades of anti-racist, feminist, and lesbian feminist thought and activism. We will read from their poetry and essays, as well as Audre Lorde's biomythography, Zami, and Adrienne Rich's autobiographical reflections, Institution of Motherhood. We will have access to their unpublished papers housed at the Archives, Lorde's lectures and talks, recordings of Lorde and Rich reading their work and together in conversation. In addition, artifacts from their archival collections, including a photo exhibition featuring images of Lorde, will be displayed and passed around. We especially welcome your memories and thoughts on their impact on your own life and work.

This event marks the twentieth anniversary of Audre Lorde's transition to becoming an ancestor and the year of Adrienne Rich's transition/passing. This joint celebration will honor their life-long dialogue on issues that remain critical in our lives.

Items from the life and work of both Lorde and Rich will be on display throughout the day. In addition, light refreshemnets will be served throughout the day.

Suggested donations will be collected at the door ($5-10, more if/less if, no one will be turned away)

Where: The Lesbian Herstory Archives, 484 14th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11215 (Map)

When: Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 12noon - 12midnight


Photo Credit: Kathryn Kendall


12:00 - The Lesbian Herstory Archives: opening and discussion of Lorde & Rich's relationship with the Archives
1:00 - Nivea Castro facilitates
2:00 - SAGE: Senior Action in a Gay Environment facilitates
3:00 - SAGE: Senior Action in a Gay Environment facilitates

4:00 - Members of the Archives' Lesbian Studies Class and In the Flesh Magazine facilitate
5:00 - Black Women's Blueprint facilitates
6:00 - Alicia Anabel Santos and New York City Latina Writer's Group facilitate
7:00 - The Belladonna Series facilitates

8:00 - R. Erica Doyle looks at the working relationship between
Lorde & Riche
9:00 - brooklyn boihood facilitates
10:00 - Rivers of Honey facilitates
11:00 - Kelli Dunham and Queer Memoir look at The Cancer Journals

* Anyone is welcome to participate in the reading at any time during the day. Some facilitators have selected specific themes, works, or topics to focus on, however, any attendee is welcome to read from any work or on any topic throughout the day. A sign-up sheet will be available for attendees wishing to read or share memories so that facilitators can make sure you have a chance to participate.
More About the Event Who is Participating? Fundraising Campaign

Items on Display:
We'll have photographs on display from the Archives' traveling exhibit Audre Lorde, curated by Audre Lorde and Morgan Gwenwald.

More about Audre Lorde:
Quoted from the Audre Lorde Project:
"The Black feminist, lesbian, poet, mother, warrior Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was a native New Yorker and daughter of immigrants. Both her activism and her published work speak to the importance of struggle for liberation among oppressed peoples and of organizing in coalition across differences of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, age and ability. An internationally recognized activist and artist, Audre Lorde was the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Walt Whitman Citation of Merit, which conferred the mantle of New York State poet for 1991-93. In designating her New York State's Poet Laureate, Governor Mario Cuomo observed: 'Her imagination is charged by a sharp sense of racial injustice and cruelty, of sexual prejudice...She cries out against it as the voice of indignant humanity. Audre Lorde is the voice of the eloquent outsider who speaks in a language that can reach and touch people everywhere.'"
More about Lorde.

More about Adrienne Rich:
Adrienne Rich was an poet, essayist, lesbian, and feminist. Her life and writings have bravely and eloquently challenged roles, myths, and assumptions for half a century. She has been a fervent activist against racism, sexism, economic injustice, and homophobia. Rich authored more than fifteen volumes of poetry and four books of non-fiction prose, most recently Fox and Arts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations. For Rich, activism and art are inexorably intertwined. "Poetry," she writes, "can remind us of all we are in danger of losing—disturb us, embolden us out of our resignation."
More about Rich.

Numerous Organizations & Individuals are helping and/or actively participating in this event:

Thanks to these companies/orgs for making in-kind donations to the event:

Want to Participate?
We welcome and encourage everyone to participate. See further details below about the different ways that you can participate.

Read at the Event
You can participate simply by showing up, and/or also reading work at the event on Nov. 17. We will have a number of materials available at the Archives that you can read, you're welcome to bring yor own copies of Lorde and Rich's work, or we welcome people who want to share personal reminisences about Lorde and Rich or stories about the way that their lives and work directly influcenced your own life and work.

We need volunteers to help throughout the event with a variety of different tasks and are also looking for in-kind donations such food and beverages. For a complete list of what we need help with, as well as a place to sign-up to help, please view our Volunteer Sign-Up Form.

Research & Planning
On two separate afternoons preceding the Marathon Reading, we invite facilitators and interested readers or volunteers to come to the Archives to help research materials for reading and sharing at the event:
• Sunday, Oct. 28, 12noon-4pm
• Sunday, Nov. 11, 12noon-4pm

And we're encouraging anyone interested in volunteering or helping with the event to attend our final planning meeting at the Archives:
• Sunday, Nov. 11, 4pm-6pm

Shawn(ta) Smith
Flavia Rando
Alexis Clements

Honor Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich's commitment to the Lesbian Herstory Archives by making your own commitment to the Archives.

We're running a fundraising campaign on Crowdrise to help raise funds so that the Archives can continue to preserve and celebrate lesbian herstory.

If you are able to, please join this important campaign.

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