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Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde Picture (1934 – 1992) Poet

In 1954 Audre Lorde was a student at the National University of Mexico. Lorde describes her experience at NUM as “at time of affirmation and renewal” which is where she realized she identified on a personal and artistic levels as a lesbian and a poet. After attending Hunter College, Lorde worked as a librarian while continuing writing, and became an active participant in the gay culture of Greenwich Village.

Lorde won international acclaim for her poetry and prose, and was Poet Laureate of New York state from 1990 until 1991. “Zami: A  New Spelling of My Name” is her autobiography. Lord was a strong feminist who paid special attention to the erotic aspects of women’s lives, whether straight, bisexual, or lesbian. During a year in residence at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, Lorde met Frances Clayton, the woman who was to be her companion for twenty-two years, until Lorde’s death from cancer.

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