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Clarke, Cheryl


The Days of Good Looks: the poetry and prose of Cheryl Clarke, 1980 to 2005. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2006.

‘After Mecca’: women poets and the Black Arts Movement. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2004.

Experimental Love: poetry. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Books, 1993.

Humid Pitch: narrative poetry. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Books, 1989.

Living as a Lesbian. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Books, 1986.

Narratives: Poems in the Tradition of Black Women. New York: Kitchen Table, Women of Color Press, 1983. [Self-published 1981]

Edited Collection

With Steven G. Fullwood, To Be Left With the Body, AIDS Project Los Angeles, 2008.

Film and Performance

"Interview with black lesbian feminist Cheryl Clarke," by Darnell Moore. Feminist Wire. October 2012.

Black.Womyn. conversations with lesbians of African descent. by tiona.m. 2009.

Watermelon Woman, feature length film directed by Cheryl Dunye, 1995.

“Hell Diving Women,” narrative poem written for Tiny and Ruby: Hell Diving Women, a video documentary of legendary black woman jazz trumpeter, Tiny Davis, and her forty-year lesbian relationship with partner, Ruby Lucas. Produced and Directed by Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss, Jezebel Productions, New York City, 1988.

“Epic of Song,” a long poem produced as a staged reading for The Medicine Show Theater Ensemble’s Carnival of the Spoken Word, New York City. April 3, 4, 5, 1987.

Narratives: A Dramatic Event, stage adaptation of the book of poetry, Narratives: poems in the tradition of black women. Directed by Breena Clarke. First performed on June 2, 1982, on 133 W. 14th Street in New York City. Subsequent productions include The National Women’s Theater Festival, Santa Cruz, Ca., 1983 and the San Francisco Opera House, San Francisco, Ca., 1984.

Book Reviews

“Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement” in Signs, Fall Issue, 2006.

“Fighting Words by Patricia Hill Collins" in African-American Review, Fall Issue, 2000.

“Diaspora Legacy: Audre Lorde’s Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance”. Women’s Review of Books, Vol. XI, No. 12, 1994. 13-15.

“Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Women of Color ed., Gloria Anzaldua.” Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists and Our Friends, Spring, 1991.

“Ann Petry and the Isolation of Being Other: The Miss Muriel Stories. Belles Lettres, Fall, 1989.

“Black, Brave, and Woman, Too: All The Women Are White, All The Blacks Are Men, But Some Of Us Are Brave, eds. Smith, Hull, Scott Sinister Wisdom 20, 1982.

"nappy edges by ntozake shange." Conditions: Five The Black Women's Issue, 1979.


“Her Love Means Danger,” Sinister Wisdom #87 Tribute to Adrienne Rich, August, 2012.

“But Some of Us Are Brave and the Transformation of the Academy: Transformation” in Signs: “Symposium: Black women’s Studies and the Transformation of the Academy.” Vol. 35, No. 4, Su 2010.

“Afro Pomo Homo in the Age of AIDS,” Corpus, a publication of AIDS Project Los Angeles, 2007.

“The Prong of Permanency: A Rant,” Philips and Wharton, eds. I Do/I Don’t: Queers on Marriage, Suspect Thoughts Press, San Francisco, Ca., 2004.

“The Failure to Transform: Homophobia in the Black Community”; “Women of Summer” (short story). B. Smith, ed. Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology. Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, Latham, NY, 1983.

“Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance.” Cherry Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua, eds. This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Persephone Press, 1981; reprinted by Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, Latham, N.Y. 1984. (Included in all reprints.)


“Despite the Variety: Feminist Commitments in Higher Education.” Institute for Women’s Leadership Consortium with Spelman College, Barnard College, Jan. 25, 2013.

Keynote Address at the Harry Hay Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, N.Y., N.Y. Sept. 28, 2012.

“My Most Voice,” Panel at the Audre Lorde Conference, Hunter College, NY., NY., Oct. 12, 2012

“‘Heavy Breathing’: The Poetic Contributions of Essex Hemphill.” Essex Hemphill and Audre Lorde Lecture, CUNY Graduate Center, N.Y., N.Y., Nov. 7, 2011.


The Festival of Women Writers, Hobart, N.Y. Sept. 6, 7, 8, 2013. Inaugural Gathering of Women Writers in the New York, New Jersey, New England region.

Women Writers in Bloom: Salon. New York City, N.Y., Aug. 24, 2013.

“Just Words: Poetry for Social Justice” With Staceyann Chin and Willie Perdomo, Sponsored by the Arcus Center for Social Justice at Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mi., Feb. 7, 2011.


“One Million” and other poems on the Feminist Wire, Jan. 13, 2013 (

“A Woman in My Shower Crying.” In Annie Finch, ed. Villanelle, 2011.

"Song of Longing." "Whatever Happened to Lesbian Feminism" issue of Sinister Wisdom 87, Fall 2012.

“Body Double” and “Elegy” in To Be Left With the Body. Publication of AIDS Project Los Angeles, Spring 2008.

“Brooklyn,” Home Planet News, No. 52, 2005.

“The Days of Good Looks,” “Bald Woman,” Bloom: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Writing, No. 1, 2004.

“A Sister’s Lament,” Long Shot: Beat Bush Issue, 2004.