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Audre Lorde (February 18, 1934 - November 17, 1992)

Audre Lorde was an African American writer, feminist, womanist, lesbian, and civil rights activist. As a poet, she is best known for technical mastery and emotional expression, particularly in her poems ...
Born: February 18, 1934, Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Died: November 17, 1992, Christiansted, United States Virgin Islands
Education: Columbia University
Hunter College High School
Hunter College
National Autonomous University of Mexico
City College of New York
Lived: 207 St Pauls Ave, Staten Island, NY 10304, USA (40.63255, -74.07886)
Buried: St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (ashes)
Find A Grave Memorial# 11341370
Spouse: Edwin Rollins (m. 1962–1970)
Parents: Linda Gertrude Belmar Lorde, Frederick Byron Lorde

Audre Lorde was a Caribbean-American writer and civil rights activist. In 1968 Lorde was writer-in-residence at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, where she met Frances Clayton, a professor of psychology, who was to be her romantic partner until 1989. From 1977 to 1978, Lorde had a brief affair with the sculptor and painter Mildred Thompson. They met in Nigeria in 1977 at the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture. Their affair ran its course during the time that Thompson lived in Washington, D.C. and was teaching at Howard University. Lorde received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from Publishing Triangle in 1992. Publishing Triangle subsequently instituted the Audre Lorde Award to honor works of lesbian poetry in 2001. Lorde died in 1992, in St. Croix, where she had been living with Gloria I. Joseph. In her own words, Lorde was a "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, and poet." "What I leave behind has a life of its own. I have said this about poetry; I have said it about children. Well, in a sense I'm saying it about the very artifact of who I have been."
Together from 1968 to 1989: 21 years.
Audrey Geraldine “Audre” Lorde (February 18, 1934 - November 17, 1992)



Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
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Audre Lorde lived here with her partner Frances Clayton and Lorde's two children from 1972 to 1987. During these years, Lorde taught at Hunter College and John Jay College, and wrote several books of poetry and essays as well as “The Cancer Journals” (1980) and “Zami: A New Spelling of My Name” (1982).
Address: 207 St Pauls Ave, Staten Island, NY 10304, USA (40.63255, -74.07886)
Type: Private Property
National Register of Historic Places: St. Paul’s Avenue-Stapleton Heights Historic District.
Place
This neo-Colonial-style house was designed by the prolific Stapleton architect OttoLoeffler and built in 1898 as the residence of Andrew Jackson, a harbor pilot, during the period when several previously-undeveloped tracts in the historic district were built up with Queen Anne, Shingle, and Colonial-style homes. The critically-acclaimed African-American novelist, poet, essayist, and feminist Audre Lorde resided here in the 1970s. She was professor of English at John Jay College and was appointed the New York State poet laureate in 1991. She published several books of proseand poetry, as well as articles in scholarly journals. The house is distinguished by it open porch featuring turned columns and closed pediment with sunburst and its gabled roofline.
Life
Who: Audrey Geraldine “Audre” Lorde (February 18, 1934 - November 17, 1992)
Audre Lorde was a Caribbean-American writer and civil rights activist. In 1968 Lorde was writer-in-residence at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, where she met Frances Clayton, a professor of psychology, who was to be her romantic partner until 1989. From 1977 to 1978, Lorde had a brief affair with the sculptor and painter Mildred Thompson. They met in Nigeria in 1977 at the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture. Their affair ran its course during the time that Thompson lived in Washington, D.C. and was teaching at Howard University. Lorde received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from Publishing Triangle in 1992. Publishing Triangle subsequently instituted the Audre Lorde Award to honor works of lesbian poetry in 2001. Lorde died in 1992, in St. Croix, where she had been living with Gloria I. Joseph. In her own words, Lorde was a "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, and poet." "What I leave behind has a life of its own. I have said this about poetry; I have said it about children. Well, in a sense I'm saying it about the very artifact of who I have been."



Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
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Release Date: July 24, 2016
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The Bagatelle, now a Mexican restaurant called El Cantinero (86 University Pl, New York, NY 10003), was a lesbian bar and hangout well into the 1950s. Saturday night was the big night when dykes slicked back their hair, and Sunday afternoon sessions were an added treat. There was a backroom for dancing, and a warning light that flashed on as a signal to stop when somebody dangerous came in up front. The black lesbian poet and activist Audre Lorde has also mentioned the Bagatelle on occasion. She described the "mommies and daddies" that dominated the bar's social structure and how difficult it was for black lesbians to exist within such a place.



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