Poet, warrior, feminist, mother, pioneer, lover, survivor….just a few of the adjectives used to describe Audre Lorde. As author of numerous books of poetry and prose and the subject of several biographies and documentaries Lorde's journey has been chronicled, anthologized and mythologized. And although the life and works of Audre Lorde are widely known, her full story remains untold. But her story can't be told as a straight narrative with time stamped events neatly bound between the pages. Lorde lived her life out and out loud. Her spirit is like the wind so instead of trying to capture it, we'll let it blow free and loosely weave together a tapestry of essays, photos, recollections to create a book written and edited by Dr. Gloria Joseph to tell some of the stories of Audre Lorde.
Our book is celebration of Audre Lorde told in living color and vividly narrated with photography. It's a words and pictures way to honor her legacy and tell the story of her turbulent and triumphant life. Dr. Joseph has selected a diverse group of contributors who have submitted personal essays, stories, poems, recollections and memoirs that show how Lorde's words and vision inspired and impacted others to be the best they can be.
The Book will be told in Griot style and will take the reader through the defining periods of Lorde's life as well as include rememberances from her three major memorial services in New York, Berlin and St. Croix.
We'll post more details and updates on the Wind Is Spirit Facebook page so please feel free to post and share the news.
Phyliss Blackwell, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Opal Palmer Adisa, Johnetta Cole,
Melinda Goodman, Blanche Weisen Cook, Chrystos, Dagmar Schultz, Barbara Smith, Adrienne Rich,
Angela Davis, Sonia Sanchez, Mia Mingus, Mark Green, Ika Huegal, Marion Kraft, Dagmar Schultz, Katherine Oguntoye, Helga Emde, Assata Shakur, Kate Clinton, Jewelle Gomez, Cherrie Moraga and Jaqui Alexander.
This Project is a labor of love and represents over a decade of dedication by Dr. Joseph but to make this dream become a reality we need your support. By contributing to this project you're becoming a part of a living history and helping to keep to keep the "Powerful and Dangerous" legacy of Audre Lorde alive!
Risks and challenges
Dr. Joseph has a treasure trove of material including photos, tributes from Lorde's three memorial services, travelogues and essays. One of our challenges will be sorting through the volumes of material and making selections for the book. Another challenge is securing permissions from contributors and reaching out to them since they live all over the world. To make the content selection more manageable we have created a tight outline and layout. This will keep us focused and will result in a cohesive book. To insure that we meet deadlines contributors have been vetted and if for any reason someone becomes unavailable we have alternates so the book's progress and flow will be uninterrupted.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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