Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde (1934-1992)

Queer African-American writer, feminist, and civil rights activist.

Quote: “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”



  • Audre Lorde was born in 1934 in New York City. She attended Hunter College and, after graduating, went on to get a master’s degree in library science.
  • Lorde’s first volume of poetry, First Cities, was published in 1968 and in 1972, she met her long-time partner, Frances Clayton.
  • In the 1980s, Lorde and Barbara Smith founded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, which was dedicated to furthering the writings of black feminists.
  • Lorde earned many honors and awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and poet laureate of New York from 1991-1992.
  • Lorde passed in 1992, after battling cancer for more than a decade.

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