Join us on June 28th at 6 p.m. PT for the Stay True to Your Shelf Reading. At a time when LBGTQ+ communities and works are being targeted, we want to continue doing what we've always done: center these voices.
With our Stay True to Your Shelf Reading we hope to provide a space to celebration the 40+ years Aunt Lute has spent publishing and supporting LGBTQ+ voices. Register for the virtual event here (and don't forget to tell a friend!).
Meet the Readers!
Julián Delgado Lopera is the author of the NY Times acclaimed novel Fiebre Tropical. Winner of the 2021 Ferro Grumley Award and a 2021 Lambda Literary award; a finalist of the 2020 Kirkus Prize in Fiction and the 2021 Aspen Literary Prize. Julián is also the author and ¡Cuéntamelo! (Aunt Lute 2017) an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants. Their work has appeared in Granta, Teen Vogue, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney's, The White Review, among others. They are the former executive director of RADAR Productions and one of the founders of Drag Story Hour. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Julián currently resides in San Francisco.
Judy Grahn is an internationally known poet, writer, and social theorist. She serves as executive core faculty and co-director of the Women’s Spirituality Program at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA. She also teaches Creative Inquiry and Creative Writing in the Writing, Consciousness, and Creative Inquiry Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where she earned her Ph.D. in Integral Studies with an emphasis in Women’s Spirituality.
Her work has won several awards, including an NEA Grant, American Book Review Award, two American Book Awards, American Library Award, Lifetime Achievement Award (in Lesbian Letters), a Founding Foremothers of Women’s Spirituality Award, and an Independent Publisher Book Award. The Publishing Triangle, an association of lesbians and gay men in publishing, established an award in her name: The Judy Grahn Award, recognizing the best non-fiction book of the year that resonates themes and issues affecting lesbian lives.
Ginny Z Berson is a long-time political activist driven by a longing for justice. She was a member of The Furies-- a radical lesbian feminist separatist collective in Washington, D.C. that lived and worked collectively to develop lesbian feminist political thought and philosophy. They produced a mostly monthly newspaper, The Furies, that was distributed nationally and had a significant impact on women’s groups all over the U.S. Ginny was a regular contributor and member of the editorial staff.
After The Furies broke up, Ginny pulled together a group of women in D.C. to begin visioning and planning what would become Olivia Records, the national women’s record company. She and her partner, the musician Meg Christian, were the initial driving force getting Olivia off the ground. Ginny stayed at Olivia for seven plus years, and during that time the
Olivia collective produced records by Meg, Cris Williamson, BeBe K’Roche, Linda Tillery, Teresa Trull, Mary Watkins, a poetry album by Pat Parker and Judy Grahn, and Lesbian Concentrate—a “lesbianthology” in response to a rising wave of homophobia. After leaving Olivia in 1980, Ginny worked for many years in community radio---at KPFA-FM, Pacifica Radio, and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
She then spent 8 years as Director of Outreach for World Trust Educational Services, an anti-racist educational organization that produces documentary films, curricula, workshops and trainings.
She also does racial equity work in her neighborhood as part of Neighbors for Racial Justice.
News from Aunt Lute Authors
Ire'ne lara silva has been named the 2023 Texas State Poet Laureate!
Julián Delgado Lopera's TED talk is one of the featured talks right now. Watch it here.
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