Cheryl Clarke was born in Washington, D.C. She is an unregenerate black lesbian-feminist, poet, and author of four books of poetry, Narratives: Poems In The Tradition Of Black Women (Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, 1983), Living As A Lesbian (Firebrand Books, 1986), Humid Pitch (Firebrand Books, 1989), and Experimental Love (Firebrand Books, 1993). Her poems, essays, book reviews have been published in numerous feminist, lesbian, gay, and African-American publications, among them Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings By Radical Women Of Color, Conditions, Feminist Studies, The Black Scholar, Belles Lettres, Gay Community News, Outweek, The Advocate, Sojourner, Blue Stones And Salt Hay: An Anthology Of New Jersey Poets, Gay And Lesbian Poetry In Our Time, Bridges: A Journal For Jewish Feminists And Their Friends, Inversions: Writing By Dykes, Queers, and Lesbians, Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader, Radical America, A Formal Feeling Comes, Dangerous Liaisons: Blacks and Gays Fighting Oppression, and most recently in the new journal of lesbian and gay writing, Bloom. She was an editor of Conditions, a feminist magazine of writings by women with an emphasis on writing by lesbians, from 1981-1990. Her last book of poems, experimental love, was nominated for a 1994 Lambda Award for Poetry. Her book, After Mecca: Black Arts Movement Influences on Black Women Poets will be published by Rutgers University Press this year. Her new manuscript of poems, Corridors of Nostalgia, is slated to be published by InnerLight Publishing in 2005. She has worked at Rutgers University since 1970 and is currently serving as the Director of the Office of Diverse Community Affairs and LGBT Concerns.
cclarke at rci dot rutgers dot edu