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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Judy Grahn  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1940 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Judy Grahn on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Grahn was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Judy Grahn is an internationally known poet, writer, and social theorist. Her work is associated with several movements, including Gay, Lesbian, and Queer; Feminist/Woman-Centered; and Women's Spirituality. Born in Chicago, Grahn grew up in New Mexico. Seeking options not available in her small-town community of origin, she broke away and joined the Air Force. She was given a “blue discharge” (named for the blue paper on which these letters were printed) from the Air Force because she was a lesbian. This experience galvanized Grahn into public ownership of her lesbianism, into the writing of poetry, into lesbian activism, and into the project of publishing lesbian literature. In 1969, Grahn co-founded the ''Women’s Press Collective'' in Oakland, California. The WPC published the work of Grahn and other lesbians. The WPC edition of Grahn’s book ''Edward the Dyke and Other Poems'' appeared in 1971. Other poetry collections include ''The Common Woman'' (1969), ''A Woman is Talking to Death'' (1974), ''The Queen of Swords'' (1987), and ''Love Belongs to Those Who Do the Feeling'' (2009). Aunt Lute published a collection of Grahn's work in 2009, ''The Judy Grahn Reader''. In addition to her poetry, Grahn has written extensively of what it means to be a lesbian and a lesbian writer in books including ''Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds'', and ''Blood, Bread and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World''. In 1989, she edited ''Really Reading Gertrude Stein.''

Published Works

  • Queen of Wands, Crossing Press, 1982
  • Work of a Common Woman: The Collected Poetry of Judy Grahn 1964-1977, Crossing Press , 1984
  • Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds, Beacon Press, 1984
  • The Queen of Swords, Beacon Press, 1987
  • Blood Bread and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World, Beacon Press, 1993
  • Love Belongs to Those Who do the Feeling, Red Hen Press, 2008
  • The Judy Grahn Reader, Aunt Lute Books , 2009
  • A Simple Revolution , Aunt Lute Books, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

The work of a common woman :
ISBN: 0895941554. OCLC Number:

The Crossing Press,. Trumansburg, N.Y. :. [1980?], ©1978.

Another mother tongue :
ISBN: 0807079111. OCLC Number:

Beacon Press,. Boston :. [1990], ©1984.

Love belongs to those who do the feeling :
ISBN: 1597091219. OCLC Number:

Red Hen Press,. Los Angeles, Calif. :. ©2008.

A collection of new and selected poems by American poet Judy Grahn, written between 1966 and 2006.

The Judy Grahn reader.
ISBN: 187996080X. OCLC Number:

Aunt Lute Books,. San Francisco :. ©2009.

This volume contains work from every phase of Judy Grahn's career, including poems from all of her major poetry collections, such as "The Common Woman," "A Woman is Talking to Death," and the previously unpublished "Mental"; a number of her groundbreaking essays ("Writing from a House of Women" and the newly revised "Ground Zero: The Rise of Lesbian Feminism," among others); as well selected fiction and the full-length play, The Queen of Swords.

A simple revolution :
ISBN: 1879960877. OCLC Number:

Aunt Lute Books,. San Francisco :. ©2012.


Queen of Wands

  • American Book Award
  • The Publishing Triangle

  • Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Really Reading Gertrude Stein

  • Lambda Literary Award for Best Book of Lesbian Memoir/Biography, 2013

    Speaking Engagements

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