Written by author and activist Dr. Gloria Joseph, Lorde’s partner in life and love, the book was born from an interview conducted a few months prior to Lorde’s death. They discussed a comprehensive biography that would tell her story in full, revealing her tenacity, complexity and passion. With that mandate, Joseph sat down to the task of creating The Wind is Spirit.
Told Griot style (a western Africa oral tradition of storytelling to maintain historical ties to the past), this combination anthology and biography brings together a wide range of prominent authors and activists, including Sonia Sanchez, Angela Y. Davis, Jewelle Gomez and Assata Shakur. These contributors have submitted essays, reflections, stories, poems, memoirs and photos that illuminate how Lorde’s literary vision and her turbulent and triumphant life continue to challenge and inspire. The book also contains conversations with Lorde, Joseph’s personal photos and travelogs, and remembrances from her three memorials, in New York, Berlin and St Croix.
Gloria Joseph earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Cornell, where she became the inaugural director of the university’s first institutionalized diversity initiative the Council On Special Education Projects (COSEP) and served as a professor in the Africana Studies and Research Center. Joseph is regarded as a “living, radical, Black feminist legend” and has spent more than 60 years confronting the injustices of racism, sexism and homophobia.
A prolific scholar, Joseph is the author of the classic novel, "On Time and in Step: Reunion on the Glory Road" (Winds of Change Press, 2008), and editor of multiple anthologies, including "Common Differences: Conflicts in Black and White Feminist Perspectives" (South End Press, 1999) and "Hell Under God’s Orders" (Winds of Change Press, 1990).
Wednesdays, Words and Wine - The Hoyt Fuller Literary Salon -- is a space created in the Africana Center to engage ideas, writing, literary and intellectual contributions of all sorts in a relaxed and conversational setting. Books will be available for signing.
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