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Julie R. Enszer

b. 1970

Current City, State, Country

Dover, Florida, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Saginaw, Michigan, USA


Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is a scholar and a poet. In 2022, she has two books forthcoming; Rutgers University Press will publish OutWrite: The Speeches that Shaped LGBTQ Literary Culture in March of 2022 and Sinister Wisdom will publish Fire-Rimmed Eden: Selected Poems by Lynn Lonidier in October of 2022. Her scholarly book manuscript, A Fine Bind, is a history of lesbian-feminist presses from 1969 until 2009. Her scholarly work has appeared or is forthcoming in Southern Cultures, Journal of Lesbian Studies, American Periodicals, WSQ, and Frontiers.

She is the author of four poetry collections, Avowed (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016), Lilith’s Demons (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2015), Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010). She is editor of The Complete Works of Pat Parker (Sinister Wisdom/A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2016), which won the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry, Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989 (Sinister Wisdom/A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2018), and Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2011), which was a finalist for the 2012 Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry.

Enszer has her MFA and PhD from the University of Maryland. She edits and publishes Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal, and a regular book reviewer for the The Rumpus and Calyx.

Published Works

The Commie Pinko Dyke (Dancing Girl Press, 2019)
Avowed (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016)
Lilith’s Demons (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2015)
Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013)
Sisterhood (chapbook; Seven Kitchen’s Press, 2010)
Handmade Love  (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010)

Edited Works
OutWrite: The Conferences that Shaped LGBTQ Literary Culture, edited with Elena Gross (Rutgers University Press, 2022)
Everywoman Her Own Theology: On the Poetry of Alicia Ostriker, edited with Martha Nell Smith (University of Michigan Press, 2018)
Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker (Sinister Wisdom/A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2018)
The Complete Works of Pat Parker (Sinister Wisdom/A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2016)
Milk & Honey: Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2011)

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Links to Sample Works


BA, University of Michigan, 1990
MFA, University of Maryland, 2008
PhD, University of Maryland, 2013

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