Judy Grahn is an internationally known poet, author, and social theorist. She has published fourteen books and is in process with two more. An early Gay activist who was on the first picket of the White House for Gay rights in 1965, and later founded Gay Women’s Liberation and the Women’s Press Collective, her subjects range from LGBT history and mythology to feminist critiques of current crises, new origin theories of inclusion, what makes us human, taking racism personally, and stories of how to engage with creature-minds and spirit. She also writes about and teaches poetry of goddess Inanna. Judy’s recent work in anthologies: Incursions: Spoon/Knife;, A Better World Starts Here: Activists and Their Work; The Stonewall Reader; and Strange Attractors, out since Fall of 2018. Two of her She Who poems were recently set to music (by Jessica Curry) and performed by the National Youth Choir of England, in August, 2019. Judy has been awarded for poetry, for teaching, and as a foremother to the women’s spirituality movement; she recently received The Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature and Social Service from the Northern California Book Reviewers, 2017, and was Inducted into the Tennessee Williams’ Festival Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame, New Orleans, March 30, 2019.
“New Origin Stories Can Move Us Forward.”
The changes we are facing: our industries, our awareness of how much harm we do in our habits of consumption and desire for convenience and safety, are threatening to dissolve the matrix of life. Clearly we need to change the way we live and to do that we must change how we think of ourselves in relation to the earth, to each other, and to all creatures. These postures are contained, quite unconsciously, in our origin stories, those that underlie our religions, philosophies, sciences, and favorite anecdotes about our dreams, our fears, our dogs and cats. As a lesbian, workingclass, neurodivergent poet, I’ve been reworking origins since 1965, challenging and replacing as fast as I can. Would love to share ideas.