2013 to the Present:
Co-owner of Blenheim Hill Books in Hobart, N.Y., the Book Village of the Catskills, “the reading capital of New York State.
Co-organizer of the three day annual Festival of Women Writers in the Book Village. First Festival held on Sept. 6, 7, 8, 2013.
2009 to 2013: (Retired in July of 2013)
Dean of Students, Livingston Campus, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, N.J.
Support professional for undergraduate students on the New Brunswick Campus of Rutgers University: e.g., mediating financial, health, personal, family issues as they affect students’ academic lives.
1992 to 2009
Director of the Office of Social Justice Education and LGBT communities,
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, N.J.
Chief advocate and campus-wide ombudsperson for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, (queer and questioning) students, including the initiation, provision, and coordination of: services, programs, and co-curricular activities about/ for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
• Acting as a resource to a universitywide network of “Liaisons,” who act as advisers to LGBT students seeking assistance.
• Creating the first annual programs for LGBT students, staff, faculty and allies, e.g. Annual Fall Reception for LGBT Communities and Our Friends, Rainbow Graduation;
• Producing the first student handbook on LGBT issues and resources, Beyond Polarities, A Handbook on Queer Issues for All and the first staff manual, A Guidebook on LGBT Issues for Rutgers Staff in 1994.
• Hosting the first Lesbian and Gay Alumni/ae Reunion in May of 1996;
• Sponsoring a year-long celebration of the “30th Anniversary of LGBT Pride and Activism, ”with thirty-six other campus entities, 1999-2000;
• Chairing the Taskforce on LGBT Concerns, which acts as a social and educational resource for students, staff, and faculty on LGBT issues; Establishing the Lionel Cuffie Award for Activism and Excellence, given to a graduating senior who demonstrates leadership and scholarship
• Establishing the Rainbow Graduation which honors all LGBT graduating seniors,graduate students, and allies with rainbow tassles.
December 4, 2013
Received the Kessler Award from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. The award honors members of the LGBT community who have served that community. It was established by Dr. David Kessler in 1992.
Received the Human Dignity Award for work on diversity and social justice projects since 1969 from the University Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes.
1989 to 1992
Assistant Dean of Students for Special Populations, Rutgers College, New Brunswick.
• College-wide coordination of The Lionel Cuffie Lecture Series, a monthly program of speakers on lesbian, gay, bisexual issues;
• Development of the first bias prevention system in the College residence halls
• Development and implementation of a group training program on diversity for over 2,000 new students
Assistant Coordinator of Student Activities, Rutgers College.
• Initiation of more culturally representative programming on part of campus center boards, student organizations, and governing associations;
• Establishment of the first summer series of small jazz concerts;
• Presentation of important political and cultural figures on campus, e.g., James Baldwin, Shirley Chisolm, Geraldine Ferraro.
• Design and implementation of leadership development activities for student leaders.
Teaching: At Rutgers University, New Brunswick
“Feminism: Theory and Practice”
A course for first year M.A. students in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department. Designed and originated this course which emphasized the achievement of feminist praxis.
• Summer, 2010
“Black Queer Writing in the Age of AIDS”
Women’s and Gender Program, Rutgers-Newark
• 2008 to 2011
“Women, Culture, and Society: Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies”
Department: Women’s and Gender Studies
• 2007, Spring
“Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage: Black Freedom Movement from 1945 to 1970”
With Prof. Wesley Brown
Departments: Women’s and Gender Studies and English
• 2006, Spring
With Prof. Suzanne Lebsock
“Men, Women, and the Black Freedom Movement”
Department: Rutgers College Honors Program
• 2002, Spring
Course: “Black Women Writers, 1960 to the Present: Critical Interventions”
• 1996 Spring
Women’s and Gender Studies Department (formerly Women’s Studies Program)
Course: “Women, Culture, and Society”
• 1983 Spring
Africana Studies Department,
Courses: “Afro-American Folklore,” “20th Century Black Fiction.”
• 2003, March 5 to May 15
Cave Canem: Workshop for African for African-American Poets
“Rooting Discontent: Poetry as Political Practice”
Poet’s House, New York City.
(Cave Canem is a national organization that develops emerging black poets through its annual summer retreat and its annual 10 week workshop in New York City.)
• Ph.D., Program of Literatures in English, Rutgers, 2000
• MSW, Rutgers, 1980
• MA, English, Rutgers, 1974.
• BA, English, Howard University, Washington, D.C., 1969
• Graduate Faculty of the Department of Women and Gender Studies, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
• The Modern Language Association.
• Fellow in “Femininities, Masculinities, and the Politics of Sexual Difference,” the Institute for Research on Women. Rutgers University, 2003-2004.
• American College Personnel Association
• Advisory Board of Signs
Boards and Collectives
• 2008 –the present: Newark Pride Alliance Board
Established in 2004 in the wake of the hate murder of teen lesbian, Sakia Gunn, NPA is working to establish afterschool programs and safe spaces for LGBT youth. Also sponsors educational forums for religious, education, and public safety leaders regarding LGBT youth safety in Newark.
• 2007-2009: Member of the Lesbian Health and Research Center Advisory Board:
Established in 2006, this is a state-of-the art research center at the University of California, San Francisco, which plans, promotes, and fosters initiatives on the health issues of lesbian, bi-sexual women, transgender women, and queer women. Held its first conference, June 28, 2008.
• 1996 to 2003: Astraea: Lesbian Action Foundation, Chair of the Board of Directors
(New York City). Founded in 1978, Astraea is the largest lesbian grantmaking organization in the world, raising money and giving it away to more than 175 grassroots lesbians’ and women’s organizations nationally and internationally. Managed Board development, carried a portfolio of wealthy donors, and evaluated the Executive Director.
• 1988-1991: New Jersey Women and AIDS Network: (New Brunswick, N.J.)
founding member and fundraising chairperson. First AIDS organization in New Jersey committed to women. Does critical education and advocacy for women with HIV/AIDS in the state. Raised organization’s first $50,000.
• 1988-1991: Co-Chair of the Board, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS)
(CUNY Graduate Center, N.Y.C.) Founded in 1988, CLAGS presents some of the most significant questions in the field of sexuality/queer studies through public programs, conferences, and fellowship programs from at the Graduate Center. Worked closely with the founding executive director and development assistant to plan major fundraising programs, cultivate prospective wealthy donors, and manage board development.
• 1985-1988: Co-Chair of the Board, New York Women against Rape (NYWAR).
NYWAR Founded circa 1973 and was New York City’s first and last nonprofit rape crisis organization. Worked with the Board, staff, and volunteers to develop systems, as the organization grew from a grassroots to a professional non-profit. NYWAR closed in 1989.
• 1981-1990: Editorial Collective of Conditions Magazine, editor (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Conditions was founded in 1976 in Brooklyn, N.Y as an annual journal of writing by women “with an emphasis on writing by lesbians,” and was one of the earliest lesbian literary journals. Shaped nine issues of this distinguished publication. Involved in all aspects of publication: editing manuscripts, copy-editing, proof-reading, grant-writing, and fundraising.
• Feminist Activists, Artists, and Academics: Crossing Black Geographies, Nov. 23-27, 2015, Durban, South Africa: What organizers called an “Unconference,” this gathering was attended by 40 women, thirty from South Africa, ten from the U.S. We met for three days in conversation on topics ranging from black women in media to violence in same sex relationships. Sponsored by the Gallatin School/New York University and Inkanyiso, a feminist LGBTQ media organization. E. Frances White and Zanele Muholi were co-organizers of the gathering.
• The Hobart Festival of Women Writers, 2013 to the present. The Hobart Festival of Women Writers, sponsored by the Hobart Community Foundation and Book Village of the Catskills, Hobart, N.Y. and other civic and cultural organizations of Delaware County, N.Y., occurs always on the weekend after Labor Day. The Festival presents 20 women writers to share their work, insights, and skills, and to provide public readings and writing workshops to approximately 120 participants. Other sponsors Community Foundation of South Central New York, Roxbury Arts Group, Stewart’s Shops, National Bank of Delaware County, and the Thomson Trust.
• “The Festival of Women Writers,” 2013 . The First Festival of Women Writers, a project to be presented in concert with the Book Village of the Catskills, Hobart, N.Y. on Sept. 6 to 8, 2013 and other civic and cultural organizations of Delaware County, N.Y. The Festival was an opportunity for 15 women writers to share their work, insights, and skills, and for lovers of books and words to gather and interact with women writers and appreciate their work.
• James Weldon Johnson Institute Working Group at Emory University.
This group was organized in 2011 to explore the intersections of black civil rights activism in the 1960’s and black LGBTQ activism in succeeding years. This group is funded by the ARCUS Foundation and will culminate in a conference from March 27-29, 2014 called “Whose Beloved Community.” The Working Group will also publish a collection of essays with University of Illinois Press. Scholars of the working group include: Dwight McBride from University of Illinois, Heath Fogg-Davis from Temple, Jewelle L. Gomez, activist and writer recently retired from Horizons Foundation, Beverly Guy-Sheftall from Spellman, Robert Reid-Pharr from CUNY Graduate Center, Devon Carbado from UCLA Law School.
• 1998 – 1999, Member of Advisory and Planning Board.
Black Women in the Academy II: Leadership and Service, Howard University, Washington, D.C. An international conference exploring black women’s application of scholarship to leadership, activism, and service. Sponsored by the Ford Foundation, National Science Foundation, MIT, Howard University. Plenary sessions, panels, roundtables, exhibits, and poster presentations. Over 800 people attended.
• 1994-1995, Member of Advisory and Planning Board.
Black Nation/Queer Nation?: A conference about and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender People in the African Diaspora, CUNY Graduate Center, New York City. An international three-day conference addressing issues of sexuality and sexual identity in black communities globally. Approximately eighty-three activities, panels, exhibits, performances, and films were presented at this groundbreaking conference. approximately 1,800 people attended. Sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, Ford Foundation, and CUNY Graduate Center.
• 1993-1994:, Member of Advisory and Planning Board.
Black Women in the Academy : “‘Defending Our Name’” 1894-1994, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. A three-day conference which brought together black women scholars, leaders, and activists to consider the status of black women in the academy. Over 2,000 people attended. More than one hundred panels, workshops, and keynote lectures were presented.
By My Precise Haircut (poetry), forthcoming from The Word Works Press, April 2016.
Your Own Lovely Bosom (Special Edition of new poems) Available from author, 2013, 2014
The Days of Good Looks: Selected Poems and Essays, Carroll and Graf, 2006, out of print. Available from author.
‘After Mecca’: Black Women and the Black Arts Movement, Rutgers University Press, 2005.
Experimental Love (poetry). Firebrand Books, 1993.
Humid Pitch: Narrative Poetry. Firebrand Books, 1989.
Living as a Lesbian (poetry). Firebrand Books, 1986. (Reprinted 2014 by Midsummer Night’s and Sinister Wisdom Presses http://sinisterwisdom.org/livingasalesbian.)
Narratives: poems in the tradition of black women. Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, Latham, NY, 1983, 1985—out of print.
Where Would I Be Without You: Pat Parker and Judy Grahn, co-edited with Julie R. Enszer, for The Journal of Lesbian Studies, 2015. With an introduction by Clarke and Enszer. http://www.tandfonline.com/
To Be Left With the Body, with Steven G. Fullwood, a publication of AIDS Project Los Angeles, 2008. With an introduction by Clarke and Fullwood. http://www.apla.org/news-and-multimedia/publications
“coda” included in the Argos 2016 Calendar, 2016.
“A cento of sorts” and other poems, Bone Bouquet Journal, Summer, 2015.
“I come to the city” forthcoming in the Beltway Quarterly Online Journal, Jan. 2015.
“Oh Memory Dear and Fatal: 1963-2003″ and “Sakia” in The Wide Shore: A Journal of Global Women’s Poetry, Issue 1, May, 20014.
“Antiquarian Bookseller” and other poems in the second issue of the journal Adrienne, 2014.
“Living as a Lesbian at 35” and other poems from Living as a Lesbian in Kaylani Magazine, 2014.
“One Million” and other poems on the Feminist Wire, Jan. 13, 2013 (http://thefeministwire.com/2013/01/cheryl-clarke-selected-poems/)
“A Woman in My Shower Crying.” In Annie Finch, ed. Villanelle, 2011.
“Body Double” and “Elegy” in To Be Left With the Body. Publication of AIDS Project Los Angeles, Spring. 2008
“Brooklyn,” Home Planet News, No. 52, 2005.
“The Days of Good Looks,” “Bald Woman,” Bloom: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Writing, No. 1, 2004.
“A Sister’s Lament,” Long Shot: Beat Bush Issue, 2004.
“Women in Uniform,” “Living as a Lesbian at 45,” “Movement”. Callaloo: A Journal of African American and African Arts and Letters, Special Issue: Queer Studies, April, 2000.
“Palm Leaf of Mary Magdalene,” “Stuck,” “Passing,” “Make-Up,” “Vicki and Daphne,” “A Poet’s Death”. Eds. Michael Lassell and Elena Georgiou. The World In Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000.
“Reprise (for Ginsburg)” in Lesbian Review of Books. Fall, 1999
“nothing.” Ed. Emma Donoghue. Poems Between Women: Four Centuries of Love, Romantic Friendship, and Desire. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.
“Candy Calls Star to Her.” Ed. Beatrix Gates. The Wild Good: Lesbian Photographs and Writings on Love. New York: Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1996.
“Untitled,” “prayer,” “what goes around comes around or the proof is in the pudding.” Ed. Clare Coss. The Arc of Love: An Anthology of Lesbian Love Poems. Scribner: New York: 1996.
“Rondeau,” “What Goes Around Comes Around Or the Proof is in the Pudding,” “Tortoise and Badger”. Ed., Annie Finch, A Formal Feeling Comes, 1994.
“hair: a narrative,” “wearing my cap backwards” in Florence Howe, ed. No More Masks. N.Y.: Harper Collins, 1993.
“Hurricane Season,” “Make-Up,” “Berdache,” “Heartache,” “On Your 41st Birthday,” in The World: Publication of St. Mark’s Poetry Project, 1992.
“Rondeau,” “The Turnstile,” “Greta Garbo,” in Feminist Studies, Vol. 18, #3, Fall, 1992.
“Rondeau,” in Hellas: A Journal of Poetry and the Humanities, Vol. 3, #2, Fall, 1992.
“Of Althea and Flaxie,” “jazz poem for Morristown, N.J.,” “Bulletin,” “The lay-off”. in Joel Lewis, ed. Bluestones and Salt Hay: An Anthology of Contemporary New Jersey Poets. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, N.J., 1990.
“Living as a Lesbian Underground: Futuristic Fantasy II,” “Nothing,” “Great Expectations,” “Cucumber,” “Vicki and Daphne,” “Livings as a Lesbian Rambling,” “Sexual Preference.” Serious Pleasure: Lesbian Erotic Stories and Poetry. in Sheba Collective, eds. London: Sheba Feminist Publishers, , 1989.
“Of Althea and Flaxie.” in Marie Harris and Kathleen Aguero, eds. An Ear To The Ground. The University of Georgia Press, Athens and London, 1989.
“Of Althea and Flaxie,” “palm leaf of Mary Magdalene,” “The Older American”. in Morse and Larkin, eds. Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time. New York City : St. Martin’s Press, 1988.
“Bulletin” (poem). The Black Scholar, Vol. 19, #4, 1988.
“gothic tourism”. Top Stories: Tourist Attractions, #25-26, 1987.
“If you black get back”. in Illona Linthwaite, ed. Ain’t I A Woman. London: Virago Press, 1987.
“Indira” (poem). The American Voice, Summer, 1986.
“an exile i have loved,” Ikon: Art Against Apartheid Issue, 1986.
“A Mother’s Story,” (poem). Feminist Studies (Fall), 1983.
“Palm Reading” and “Freedom Flesh” in Bulkin and Larkin, eds. Lesbian Poetry. Persephone Press, Watertown, MA, 1981.
“Women of Summer” (short story). Barbara Smith, ed. Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, 1983. Reprinted in Donald Wiese, et. al., eds. Black Like Us: A Century of African-American Lesbian, Gay Bisexual Fiction. Cleis Press, 2002.
“Leavings” (short story). 13th Moon (Narrative Issue), 1984.
Black.Womyn. conversations with lesbians of African descent.a.documentary.film.: by tiona.m. 2009.
Watermelon Woman, feature length film directed by Cheryl Dunye, 1995.
“Hell Diving Women,” narrative poem written for Tiny and Ruby: Hell Diving Women, a video documentary of legendary black woman jazz trumpeter, Tiny Davis, and her forty-year lesbian relationship with partner, Ruby Lucas. Produced and Directed by Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss, Jezebel Productions, New York City, 1988.
“Epic of Song,” a long poem produced as a staged reading for The Medicine Show Theater Ensemble’s Carnival of the Spoken Word, New York City. April 3, 4, 5, 1987.
Narratives: A Dramatic Event, stage adaptation of the book of poetry, Narratives: poems in the tradition of black women. Directed by Breena Clarke. First performed on June 2, 1982, on 133 W. 14th Street in New York City. Subsequent productions include The National Women’s Theater Festival, Santa Cruz, Ca., 1983 and the San Francisco Opera House, San Francisco, Ca., 1984.
Book Reviews and Review Essays
“Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement” in Signs, Fall Issue, 2006.
“Fighting Words by Patricia Hill Collins,” (review essay) African-American Review, Fall Issue, 2000.
“Diaspora Legacy.” A review of Audre Lorde’s Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance”. Women’s Review of Books, Vol. XI, No. 12, 1994. 13-15.
“Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Women of Color by Gloria Anzaldua, Ed.” (review essay). Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists and Our Friends, Spring, 1991.
“Ann Petry and the Isolation of Being Other.” A review of The Miss Muriel Stories. Belles Lettres, Fall, 1989.
“Two Rich and Rounding Experiences” (review essay) of Gwendolyn Brooks: Poetry and the Heroic Voice and A Life Distilled: Gwendolyn Brooks, Her Poetry and Fiction). Callaloo, Vol. 11, No. 2, 1988.
“Mythic Black Fiction: The Transformation of History by Jane Campbell” (review essay). The Black Scholar, Vol. 18, #4 & #5, July/August-September/October, 1987.
“Black, Brave, and Woman, Too: A Review Essay.” A review of All The Women Are White, All The Blacks Are Men, But Some Of Us Are Brave, Smith, Hull, Scott eds.) Sinister Wisdom: 20, 1982.
Essays and Criticism
“By Its Absence: The Uses of Literature for Social Justice Consciousness,” in Michael Reisch, ed., The Social Justice Handbook, Routledge, 2014.
“Is It Still Radical?” Introduction to G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised in the South). Media Arts, 2013.
“Her Love Means Danger,” Sinister Wisdom #87: Special Issue on Adrienne Rich, August, 2012.
“But Some of Us Are Brave and the Transformation of the Academy: Transformation” in Signs: “Symposium: Black women’s Studies and the Transformation of the Academy.” Vol. 35, No. 4, Su 2010.
“Afro Pomo Homo in the Age of AIDS,” Corpus, a publication of AIDS Project Los Angeles, 2007.
“The Prong of Permanency: A Rant,” Philips and Wharton, eds. I Do/I Don’t: Queers on Marriage, Suspect Thoughts Press, San Francisco, Ca., 2004.
“Lesbianism 2000.” Gloria Anzaldua and A. Keating, eds. This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation (anthology). New York: Routledge, 2002.
“Transferences and Confluences: Black Arts, Black Poetries, and Black Lesbian-Feminism”. Eric Brandt, ed. Dangerous Liaisons: Blacks and Gays Fighting for Equality, (anthology), NYC: The New Press, 1999.
“Father as Scarce as Hens’ Teeth.” Gloria Wade-Gayles, ed. Father Songs: Testimonies by African-American Sons and Daughters. Boston: Beacon Press, 1997.
“The Loss of Lyric Space in Gwendolyn Brooks’ ‘In The Mecca’”: Kenyon Review, Winter, 1995.
“Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance”. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, ed. Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought. New York: The New Press, 1995.
“Race, Homosocial Desire, and ‘Mammon’ in Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man”. Bonnie Zimmerman and George Haggerty, eds. Professions of Desire. N.Y: PMLA, 1995.
“Living The Texts Out”. Stanlie James, ed. Theorizing Black Feminisms. Routledge. 1993.
“…she still wrote out the word Kotex on a torn piece of paper wrapped up in a dollar bill…”. James McCorkle, ed. Conversant Essays: Contemporary Poets on Poetry. Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI, 1990.
“Silence and Invisibility: Costly Metaphors.” Gay Community News, February 19-25 (Black History Month Issue), 1989.
“1988: Some Thoughts From 15 Artists,” by Gary Indiana. The Village Voice, Vol. XXXIII, #3, January 19, 1988.
“The Space in Me Where Baldwin Lives.” Gay Community News (special issue on James Baldwin). December 20-26, Vol. 15 No. 23, 1987.
“Black Women On Black Women Writers: Conversations and Questions” (a five-woman discussion with Jewelle L. Gomez, Evelynn M. Hammonds, B.Johnson, Linda Powell, and Cheryl Clarke), edited by Cheryl Clarke, Conditions: Nine, 1983. (Conditions ended publishing in 1990. Copies of this documentary discussion available from editor.)
“The Failure to Transform: Homophobia in the Black Community”; “Women of Summer” (short story). B. Smith, ed. Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology. Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, Latham, NY, 1983.
“Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance.” Cherry Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua, eds. This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Persephone Press, 1981; reprinted by Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, Latham, N.Y. 1984. (Included in all reprints, including the most recent edition from Third World Press, 2001.)
“Living as a Lesbian in the Age of Obama.” John-Hopkins University, Nov. 12, 2014.
“Black Lesbian Talking.” SUNY/New Paltz, May 5, 2014.
“Black Queer Troublemaking in Life, Literature, and the Age of Obama.” Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Lecture for the Kessler Award, Dec. 4, 2013.
“Despite the Variety: Feminist Commitments in Higher Education.” Institute for Women’s Leadership Consortium with Spelman College, Barnard College, Jan. 25, 2013.
“My Most Voice,” Panel at the Audre Lorde Conference, Hunter College, NY., NY., Oct. 12, 2012
Keynote Address at the Harry Hay Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, N.Y., N.Y. Sept. 28, 2012.
“‘Heavy Breathing’: The Poetic Contributions of Essex Hemphill.” Essex Hemphill and Audre Lorde Lecture, CUNY Graduate Center, N.Y., N.Y., Nov. 7, 2012.
“Audre Lorde in Staten Island,” Wagner College, Staten island, N.Y., Feb. 28, 2011.
“The perils of being who you struggle for.” National Diversity in Libraries Conference. Princeton University. July 14, 2010.
“Still Brave: .” University of Maryland, College Park, April 23-24, 2010.
“But Some of us Are Brave and the Transformation of the Academy.” Plenary. Rutgers, the State University, New Brunswick. April 26-29, 2009.
“Toni Cade Bambara: ‘an uptown griot’s’ legacy at the crossroads of race and gender,” keynote address at the annual Toni Cade Bambara Conference, Spelman College, March 19, 2005.
“Black Women’s Poetry As A Tool of Activism,” Montclair State University, March 8, 2005.
“Practicing Theory/Theorizing Practice: Queer Activism and Scholarship in Dialogue, University of California/San Diego, April 30, 2004.
“Women’s Political Leadership: Actualizing Power at the Local Level,” National Hip Hop Political convention: Voices, Unit, Power, Essex County College, June 18, 2004.
“Gay and Lesbian Voices from the World of Independent Literary Publishing,” Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, LGBT Community Services Center, New York City, 2003.
“Black Queer Political Writing,” a panelist with Robert Reid-Pharr (CUNY Graduate Center, New York), Keith Boykin (Washington, D.C.) at “Fire and Ink: the Conference of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Writers,” University of Illinois, Chicago, Sept. 19 to 23rd
“Interrogating Sexuality and Space,” moderator, Closing Plenary at Sexuality and Space, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University New York Graduate Center, New York, N.Y., Feb. 27, 2001.
“The Role of Black Lesbians in the Academy,” panelist at Black Women in the Academy II: Service and Leadership, a national conference, Howard University, June 24-27, 1999.
“Vito Russo Memorial Lecture,” (public address) National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce Conference, Washington, D.C. November 15, 1996
“Feminist Perspectives on Racism,” Feminist Taskforce Feminist Authors Breakfast/American Library Association, July 7, 1996
“Crossing Boundaries: An Interdisciplinary Series With Lesbian Artists” (April 15-19). Montclair State University, April 18, 1996.
“Lesbian Genders,” (with Judith Halberstam, Jennifer Miller, Cherry Smyth, etc.) Whitney Museum, May 1, 1996, 2002.
“The Legacy of Audre Lorde’s Poetry,” (public address) Outwrite ‘96: The Lesbian and Gay Writers Conference, Boston, Ma. Feb. 24, 1996
“Maroons, Masks, and Modernism,” a paper delivered as part of a panel on the Harlem Renaissance, Outwrite ‘96: The Lesbian and Gay Writers Conference, Feb. 24, 1996
“Looking Backward, Moving Forward: Celebrating Stonewall 25;” a panel with Martin Duberman, Joan Nestle, Jim Kepner, Sonia Vasquez, June 21, 1994.
“The Destination of Desire;” B-GLAD Celebration, Iowa State University, March 21, 1994
“Women Poets Twenty Years Later,” reading from “The Everyday Life of Black Lesbian Sexuality,” Poet’s House, New York City, March 10, 1994
“Lesbians and Gays in the African Diaspora,” Black History Month Celebration, Trenton State College, Feb. 21, 1994
“Queer Theory: Everybody’s Doing It,” Graduate Center at the City University of New York, October 17, 1992.
“Locating Black Lesbian Feminism,” Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, May 8, 1992.
“Censorship of the Lesbian Body,” National Association of Artist Organizations. Washington, D.C., May 14, 1991.
“Heterosexism in the Community of Women.” A panel with Elizabeth Walber Charlotte Bunch (moderator) Women’s Studies Conference sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women, Douglass College, Rutgers University, May, 1990.
“Used to be Invisible: Identifying the Struggle of the Lesbian Woman of Color Writer.” Panel with Luzma Umpierre, Becky Birtha. Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, D.C., December 28, 1989.
“Voices of Black Women Under Slavery: Fiction and Memory.” Panel with Mae G. Henderson, Jacqueline Jones, sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program and the Department of English at Hunter College, New York City, November 16, 1989.
“The Erotic in Black Women’s Poetry.” Lecture for the Lesbian Studies Collective, Concordia University, Montreal, CA., October, 1989.
“Black? Afro-American? African-American?: What’s in a Name.” Panel with Trey Ellis (moderator) as part of the series “Reinterpreting the Black Experience at the Center for American Culture Studies, Columbia University, September 20, 1989.
“African-American Women and the Black Diaspora.” Panel with Audre Lorde (moderator)at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, June 24, 1988.
“Feminist Publishing in the 1980’s.” Panel with Nancy K. Bereano, Linda Gardner, Marilyn Hacker (moderator) as part of the Writers-In-Residence Series at the Center for American Culture Studies, Columbia University, New York City, September 28, 1988.
“Rebels of the African-American Literary Tradition.” Lecture as part of Black Solidarity Day Celebration, “Liberation Through Cultural Expression,” Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., November 2, 1987.
“Women of Color in Literature from a Black Feminist Perspective.” Keynote Address at Confest Weekend, a conference and cultural event sponsored by Literary Exchange, Chicago, October 3, 1987.
“The Politics of Romance and Sexuality in Twentieth Century Literature by Black Women.” Panel with Barbara Smith (moderator) at the Black Women Writers In Diaspora Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, October 27, 1985.
Poetry Readings include:
Reading with Staceyann Chin and Willie Perdomo, “Just Words: Poetry for Social Justice.” Sponsored by the Arcus Center for Social Justice at Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mi., Feb. 7, 2011.
“Yari Yari Pamberi: International Conference on Literature by Women of African Ancestry. New York University, New York City, Oct. 12, 2004.
Iandor Gallery, April 15, 2004.
“The Days of Good Looks,” a reading for the annual Mary g. Edwards Memorial Lecture, SUNY, Purchase, Purchase, N.Y., March 27, 2003.
Women’s History Month, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey. March 3, 2003.
Ethnic Writers of New York City, with Luzma Umpierre, Sandra Maria Esteves and Fred Ho. Modern Language Association Convention, Dec. 29, 2002.
“Remembering This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color/Welcoming This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation: An Evening of Poetry, Music, Reflections,” October 26, 2002.
Trailblazers Reading with Samuel Delany and Rev. Shirlene Holmes. Fire and Ink: A Writers Festival for People of African Descent, September 20-22, 2002.
“The Power of the Erotic,” 9th Annual Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Awards Gala, Alliance Française, New York City, 2001.
ALANA (African –American, Latina, Asian, Native American) Women’s Conference. Middlesex County College, Edison, N.J., 2001.
The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. (Gwendolyn Brooks, Sekou Sundiata, Alicia Ostriker, Mark Doty, Yusef Koumanyaka, etc.) Waterloo Village, N.J. September 21, 22, 23, 24, 2000.
The Speaker of the New York City Council Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Stonewall. (with Martin Duberman, Lisa Kron, George C. Wolfe). New York City Hall, June, 9, 1999.
Just Buffalo Literary Center, Inc. (with Yusef Komanyaka). Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 22, 1998
“Poetry as Ethnography” (with Abigail Child, Amitava Kumar, Laurie Weeks, Patricia Williams, and others). Department of Anthology, Columbia University, April 10, 1998.
Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, Ca., April 3, 1997.
The Brooklyn Muse Celebrates Pride. (with Minnie Bruce Pratt), Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, June 23, 1997.
“Beyond the Classroom: Poetry, Pedagogy and Community Activism.” (Reading was part of an all-day event of the same name, with June Jordan), Rutgers, New Brunswick, N.J. Feb. 26, 1998.
“Poetry, the Public Sphere and the African Diaspora: An Event in Four Voices.” (with Abena Busia, Brent Edwards, and Ed Roberson), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. March 31, 1997.
Seminars on “Lesbian and Gay Literature” and “Topics in American Literature.” Amherst College, November 12-13, 1996.
“Women Poets Twenty Years Later: No More Masks,” sponsored by Poet’s House, New York City, reading with Cynthia Macdonald, Linda McCarriston, Molly Peacock, Ruth Stone. March 11, 1994.
“Outwrite”: Lesbian and Gay Writers Conference, Boston, Oct. 8-11, 1993.
“Whitman’s Latchkey Children: An Evening of Poets From New Jersey.” St. Mark’s Poetry Project, New York City, April 23, 1993.
“An Evening of Lesbian Readings.” With Dorothy Allison, Paula Gunn Allen, Sapphire, etc. Victoria Theatre, San Francisco, CA, February 28, 1991.
“Celebration of Black Women Poets.” With Carolyn Beard Whitlow, Marilyn Waniack Nelson, Karen Mitchell, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, February 2, 1991.
The Audre Lorde Women’s Poetry Center, Hunter College, New York City, February 24, 1989.
Women’s History Month. With Pat Parker at California State University, Los Angeles, March 30, 1989.
“Writing Women/Fighting Women: A Multicultural Reading Series. With Jacqueline Woodson. Co-sponsored by Belles Lettres: A Review of Books By Women and the Montgomery County Council on the Humanities, Bethesda, MD, September 15, 1990.
“Writers on Writing.” Mid-Manhattan Library, New York City, June 5, 1990.
Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa and University of Iowa, Iowa City. March 2 and 3, 1990.
Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay Alliance of Yale University for Lesbian-Gay Pride Festival, April 11, 1989.
The Audre Lorde Women’s Poetry Center, Hunter College, New York City, February 24, 1989.
Women’s History Month. With Pat Parker at California State University, Los Angeles, March 30, 1989.
“Writers and AIDS: A Benefit Reading for The AIDS Resource Center.” With Laurie Colwin, Martin Duberman, Fran Lebowitz, Manual Ramos Otero, etc., co-sponsored by the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA, New York City, April 14, 1988.
“Writing Our Own Words.” With Michelle Parkerson. The National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Minneapolis, Mn., June 24, 1988.
“Diverse Tapestry, Common Threads: A Tapestry of Black Women’s Writings.” With Toni Cade Bambara and Rita Dove, Sweetbriar, Va. at Sweetbriar College, February 24 to 25, 1988.
The Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival. With Robert Bly, Gerald Stearn, Toi Derricotte, Lucille Clifton, etc. Waterloo Village, NJ, October 7, 1988.
“Eve of the Ides: Erotic Readings in Celebration of Women’s Sexuality.” With Dorothy Allison, Pat Califia, Enid Dame, Joan Nestle, Sapphire, etc. The Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, New York City, March 14, 1987.
“Tourist Attractions: Readings at Artists’ Space.” With Douglas Blau, Gary Indiana, Constance De Jong. New York City, June 25, 1987.
“Changing Our Own Words: A Symposium of African-American Women’s Literature.” New Brunswick, Douglass College, Rutgers University, October 23, 1987.
“Women Writers at Bank Street.” With Carol Ascher, Hilma Wolitzer at the Bank Street College of Education, April 19, 1986.
Fall Authors, Series I. With Dorothy Allison at Giovanni’s Room, Philadelphia, November 16, 1986.
Women’s Visions and Books Series. With Jewelle Gomez at Old Wives Tales Bookstore, San Francisco, October 10, 1985.
The Spoken Arts Series. Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, February 19, 1985.
Ithaca Community Poets Series. Ithaca, N.Y., March 9, 1985.
“Fierce Women.” With Judy Grahn and Valerie Miner at the Basement Workshop, New York City, September 1, 1984.
“Lesbian Poets.” With Elly Bulkin, Jewelle Gomez, Dorothy Allison for the Gay Caucus at the Modern Language Association Convention, New York city, December, 1981.
“Black Women Writers.” With Toi Derricotte and Thulani Davis at the Woman’s Salon, New York City, March 22, 1980.