I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde, a book released by Oxford University Press this spring, is being celebrated in Atlanta on June 13, as part of “An Evening with Audre,” an event that will include readings by the editors of the book, discussions, a reception and a silent auction benefiting the event’s host, Charis Circle. The circle is the non-profit programming arm of Charis Books & More, Atlanta’s lesbian-owned feminist bookstore. The book, edited by Rudolph P. Byrd, Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall, “combines some of Lorde’s most powerful essays with previously unavailable writings, as well as reflections on her work from other influential artists and activists.” “Audre Lorde’s work and philosophies have made a lasting impression on all of us who work with Charis Circle,” says Circle Co-Director Kerrie Lynn, noting particularly Lorde’s insistence that “poetry is not a luxury. This is something we truly believe at Charis, and we are always looking for new ways to bring poetry and writing into people’s lives and hearts,” she says. “We see writing and art as important forms of activism.”
The event is cosponsored by Zami, an Atlanta organization for African-American lesbians that takes its name from Lorde’s Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, and SisterSong, a reproductive health collective for women of color.
Lorde (1934-1992) was born in New York City to West Indian parents.
For more on the event go to http://www.sovo.com/2009/6-5/arts/books/10201.cfm