Audre Lorde Writers Project

/ 22 March 2009

Just a few minutes ago I completed the final components to my project on Audre Lorde. This project felt like a regular independent project even though it really was done through the African-American Literature seminar that I took this block (block 3, which ends at 12:20 pm this Thursday). The project consisted of reading the entirety of two collections of Audre Lorde’s poetry (“The Black Unicorn” and “The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance”) as well as four essays out of “Sister Outsider” (“Poetry Is Not a Luxury”, “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power”, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House”, and “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism”). With that wide range of reading I gleaned a sense of Audre Lorde’s life and career and from there I started work on my paper deliverable. During the time I was writing my paper to describe Audre Lorde and her work I was also reading “Zami”, her own little autobiography of her life from childhood on. I managed to incorporate some of the details from Zami into my paper, but I mainly decided to read Zami as a book that I was just reading for fun and not simply for the project (in other words I’ll continue reading it even after the project ends out on Tuesday). I had also emailed an expert some interview questions but the expert never got back to me. So, in the end the only extra input I got for the paper was the seminar teacher and my parents. Feel free to view the three deliverables from this project (paper, bibliography, and reflection) at the project’s homepage. Enjoy, Alex.