2011 witnessed the passing of Barbara Grier, an icon in lesbian literary history and feminist publishing. From her “Lesbiana” column in Daughters of Bilitis’ magazine The Ladder, to three editions of The Lesbian in Literature (1967, 1975, 1985), to her role as publisher of the Naiad Press from 1973-2003, Barbara Grier introduced hundreds of new lesbian books to readers and kept several lesbian classics on the literary horizon.
To reflect on the influence and legacy of Barbara Grier (1933-2011), the NWSA Lesbian Caucus is organizing a session for the NWSA 2012 convention in Oakland.
Proposals that discuss or contextualize the significance of Grier's work or influence are especially welcome. We welcome proposals on the intersections of lesbian literary history, the lesbian feminist movement, feminist presses, and/or lesbian feminist publishing, including the work of Naiad Press authors.
Please send proposals to Danielle DeMuth firstname.lastname@example.org and Mel Lewis email@example.com by February 13, 2012.