ISSUE 11 - JUNE 2015

Issue 11 is dedicated to Lillian Faderman, whose 1979 groundbreaking essay, “Who Hid Lesbian History?” begins with one of the reasons I started Lavender Review: “Before the rise of the lesbian-feminist movement in the early 1970s, twentieth-century women writers were generally intimidated into silence about the lesbian experiences in their lives.” This silence still lingers in the twenty-first century poetry establishment, but not here in the pages of Lavender Review.

On Valentine’s Day, Headmistress Press proudly published Lavender Review: Poems from the First Five Years, this e-zine’s first, but hopefully not last, foray into print.

Congratulations to Cassandra Langer on her new book, Romaine Brooks: A Life. Check out Romaine Brooks subverting the girlie calendar as Ms. June and get a taste of Langer’s beautiful writing HERE.

On June 27, Gay Pride Day, Headmistress Press will be releasing Lady of the Moon, with poems by Amy Lowell and me, and an essay by Lillian Faderman. Lisa L. Moore blurbed the book “a remarkable erotic and poetic event.” Watch the book trailer.

Headmistress Press, an independent publisher of books of poetry by lesbians, is having its first annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest. Meg Day will select first-prize, and the winner gets $250. Submissions are open through July 4, 2015. Click here to submit at Submittable. Click here for more info.

Speaking of Submittable, beginning on June 1, 2015, please send all submissions to Lavender Review through Submittable. Click here to submit.

Mary Meriam, Editor
Lavender Review