Highlighting Black + LGBT Pioneers: Audre Lorde


Audre Lorde described herself as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,”.

A native New Yorker, daughter of West Indian immigrants, she became an influential black feminist thinker, essayist, memoirist and novelist. She focused her prose and poetry on the complexities of sexual and racial identity through a liberation lens.

Her 1973 poetry collection “From a Land Where Other People Live”, chronicled the rage and loneliness she felt at the intersections of being black lesbian woman and received a nomination for a National Book Award. Her prominent voice continues to resound as a testament to life as a black lesbian in the United States of America. In 1991, Mario Cuomo appointed her New York States poet laureate citing an imagination “charged by a sharp sense of racial injustice and cruelty, of sexual prejudice.”


She spoke about intersectionality in her work before it became a known term to describe the ways that gender, class and race are interconnected in defining human experience.

Her works include:

  • A Burst Of Light
  • The Black Unicorn
  • Between Ourselves
  • Cables To Rage
  • The Cancer Journals
  • The First Cities
  • From A Land Where Other People Live
  • I Am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities
  • Lesbian Party: An Anthology
  • Need: A Chorale For Black Women Voices
  • The New York Head Shop And Museum
  • Our Dead Behind Us: Poems
  • Sister Outsider: Essays And Speeches
  • The Marvelous Arithmetics Of Distance: Poems
  • Undersong: Chosen Poems Old And New
  • Uses Of The Erotic: The Erotic As Power
  • Woman Poet—The East
  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name