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NY Playwright Alexis Clements Presents Her Play, Unknown, 8/9 - 4pm

Take a look at this map....

Now, take a look at this map...

These two maps represent the decline of feminist bookstores from 1994 to 2014.  Scary and sad, right?!?!?!?!

Brooklyn based journalist and playwright, Alexis Clements started collecting this research and investigating why feminist and lesbians spaces across the country are being forced to close their doors at an alarming rate.  What came out of the research was a project to travel around the country and create a documentary with the people who nurture and support these spaces. 

And Wild Iris is a part of her journey.

Join us, Saturday, August 9th, at 4pm in the
CMC for a reading of the play hosted by Wild Iris!

The play will be interactive and a handful of audience members can volunteer to help the performance.  Don't worry - it will be very informal and done in a no-pressure kinda way - we promise!

We've seen the amazing way that feminist spaces transform communities and people.  At our recent celebration for the Sinister Wisdom Southern Lesbian-Feminist Herstory event, we were reminded of the power of solidarity.  Help us welcome Alexis and show why Gainesville continues to serve as a massive feminist force!

RSVP here, bring a friend and spread the word! 

About Unknown:

Inspired by the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, NY, UNKNOWN asks how we come to know a person as something more than the role they play in our lives or the labels society applies to them. The play follows a handful of characters, ranging across four generations, as their lives intersect, and also as they try to figure out why one woman in particular decided to send an entire life's worth of private writings to a small and idiosyncratic archive tucked away in a Brooklyn brownstone.

About Alexis Clements:

Alexis Clements is a playwright and journalist based in Brooklyn, NY, where she co-founded a queer writing group and publisher, Private Commission. An alumna of the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, she has been awarded a Dramatists Guild of America fellowship, two Puffin Foundation Artist Grants, a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, the Source Theatre’s Washington Theatre Festival Literary Prize, and she has been a resident at the Millay Colony. She is also founder of the multi-disciplinary arts project New Acquisition, which produced projects from 2007-2010.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves-- Trans Activism Workshop 7/29

Wild Iris is proud to present a program by Peter Cava addressing trans politics, activism, and the role of trans allyship—all issues he describes as necessarily interrelated in his contributions to the new book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves.

Cava calls for a greater awareness of trans issues within the realm of LGBTQ politics, specifically pertaining to the recognition that gender and sexual orientation are separate parts of one’s identity and neither is dependent upon the other. Moreover, within the LGBTQ community he identifies three major areas of focus for eliminating oppression: placing greater value on diversity, femininity, and intersectionality.

Cava sees trans allyship as self-evident to all individuals that can see themselves along the “trans continuum” we’re all a part of. Put in his own words, allies are all a part of the rainbow of gender ambiguity. Identifying ourselves along the rainbow can serve the dual purpose of helping to liberate ourselves within the oppressive system while helping to end trans homelessness and dismantling cis privilege.

Please plan to join us immediately after the talk for our monthly Feminist Open Mic. Poetry, music and more - all are welcome!

The event will take place July 29th, 6-8pm at the Civic Media Center.

About Peter:

Peter Cava is a PhD candidate in Florida Atlantic University’s Public Intellectuals Program; the Lynn-Wold-Schmidt peace studies fellow through FAU’s Peace Studies Program; and the conference planning coordinator for the Transecting Society Conference: Affirming Trans* Lives, Advancing Trans* Politics.

Cava’s research focuses on trans* politics and visual media, particularly film, television, and Web video. Cava has engaged in a wide range of activism and community service, addressing issues such as trans* access to homeless shelters and to public restrooms.

Most recently, Cava created the Trans* Initiative at FAU to promote civility and respect toward, and the freedom and engagement of, transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

ISBN-13: 9780199325351
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oxford University Press, USA, 6/2014

Gainesville NOW Screens Miss Representation - 7/28

Join Gainesville Area NOW for the third film in the Feminist Summer Movie Series with the Civic Media Center.  Monday, July 28th, 7pm with a discussion to follow.

Miss Representation is a 2011 American documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. It explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women.

The film interweaves stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from the likes of Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem to give an inside look at the media and its message.

Sinister Wisdom Release Party - Friday 7/18 - 6-8pm

Celebrate the first printing created by the Southern Lesbian Activist Herstory project. Sponsored by Wild Iris Books The entire issue is devoted to the beginning of the lesbian-feminist movement in the south, which means there is a lot about Gainesville in this publication!

As the stories of second wave feminism are told, we want southerners included, and this begins to share our stories.  Join us for a release party at the CMC with drinks and light appetizers.

Sinister Wisdom Release Party
Friday, July 18th, 6-8pm
Wild Iris Books / Civic Media Center

Sinister Wisdom has long been a champion of lesbian, feminist and minority voices. Help us celebrate this very special edition focusing on Southern Lesbian-Feminist Herstory.

As you can guess, lots of our friends and local feminist legends are featured in this issue!

Southern Lesbian-Feminist Herstory 1968-1994
Rose Norman and Merril Mushroom, Guest Editors

Interviews With:
Byllye Avery
Pat Hussain
Calla and Laurose Felicity
Garnett Harrison
Founders of SONG

Creative Work By:
Corky Culver
Merril Mushroom
Kate Ellison
Gail Reeder
Lenny Lasater

Interviews and contributors include: Barbara Esrig, Pam Smith, Ronni Sanlo, Byllye Avery, Garnett Harrison, Shewolf, Corky Culver, Kate Ellison, and many many other women from all over Florida and the rest of the south.

If you're new to Sinister Wisdom check them out in their own words and check out their back issues available at Wild Iris Books.

Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal that publishes three issues each year. Sinister Wisdom, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that publishes the journal and provides outreach and educational programs in support of building vibrant lesbian communities.

Sinister Wisdom provide free subscriptions to women in prison and mental institutions; currently, Sinister Wisdom mails about fifteen percent (15%) of each issue of the journal to women in prison and mental institutions. Sinister Wisdom offers reduced price subscriptions for lesbians with limited/fixed incomes.

Sinister Wisdom 93 / Southern Lesbian-Feminist Herstory 1968-1994
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