National Poetry Slam 2013! We laughed, we cried, we stayed up until ungodly hours of the night to cheer on our friends and favorites.
We may all worship at the well-spoken altar of Andrea Gibson, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more out there to love! Here are ten LGBTQ spoken word artists you should consider crushing on.
Today on the mountain we’re playing the Pure Poetry Challenge. Here’s the ten poems we’ll be paying homage to, all by pure poets.
This is an exclusive Autostraddle interview with Andrea Gibson. Happy National Poetry Month, queermos!
Poets write about their favorite love poems, but surprisingly, no predictable choices show up on the list.
Gabby’s Team Pick: Help a fellow Autostraddler win a spot for the Women of the World 2013 Spoken Word Tournament
If you enjoy Shakespeare, other classical texts, and poetry, your brain has superpowers.
Yeah, Sappho was a right-on woman, but that’s pretty much all anyone really knows about her. Today we’re going all the way back to the birth of the word ‘sapphic.’
“Recently I wrote a poem on the notebook on my iPhone on the subway platform. I like to move around.”
Despite its tongue-in-cheek name, Poetry is Dead Magazine’s Queer Issue is pleasant evidence to the contrary.
“Imagine how wonderful it would be to take a class on French lesbian poetry in university, but wait, who’s that British man in a suit, aspirating your French lesbian poetry textbooks into his bag-free vacuum cleaner?”
Come celebrate the lives of two women whose “work and presence as poets, theorists, activists and teachers inspired decades of anti-racist, feminist, and lesbian feminist thought and activism.”
Vanessa’s Team Pick: Next time someone tells you Buffy is no longer relevant, stake them in the heart. No I’m totally kidding (sort of) but you can show them this new blog of limericks about the Scoobies instead.
I promised you a revival. And now it’s here.
Maybe we all share the same eyes or the same hearts. Maybe we just share the same vocabulary.
In case you’re just dreaming.
Crystal’s Team Pick: “Everyone loves poetry and also Patti Smith” – Laneia
“It’s up to the poets. It’s up to us to continue.”
On makeup: “this ritualized mask-making / not to hide behind / but to put forth”
Robert Giard took 500 photographs of queer writers in the 80’s and 90’s. They’re pretty f*cking awesome.