Julie R. Enszer

MFA (2008), University of Maryland; BA (1990), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Julie R. Enszer completed her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing – Poetry at the University of Maryland in May 2008. Her poetry has previously been published in Iris: A Journal About Women, Room of One’s Own, Long Shot, the Web Del Sol Review, the Women’s Review of Books, Feminist Studies, and the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual. Her poetry collection, Handmade Love, was published in April 2010 by A Midsummer Night’s Press and her chapbook, Sisterhood, was published in June 2010 by Seven Kitchen’s Press. She edited the collection, Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry, published by A Midsummer Night’s Press in September 2011. She is a regular book reviewer for the Lambda Book Report and Calyx and co-editor of the lesbian-feminist journal Sinister Wisdom. You can read more of her work at www.JulieREnszer.com.

Her scholarly interests are in lesbian print culture during the Women’s Liberation Movement in the United States. By examining lesbian print culture, she studies the creation of lesbian identity through poetry and the transmission and circulation of lesbian poetry and identity in communities of readers. She has presented papers at numerous conferences, most recently the annual conference of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), the Modern Languages Association (MLA), and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).

Research interests:

  • Lesbian-feminist print culture, 1969-1989
  • lesbian literature
  • contemporary poetry and fiction
  • queer theory
  • queer modernism

Dissertation in progress: 
“The Whole Naked Truth of Our Lives:” Lesbian-Feminist Print Culture in the United States from 1969-1989

Dissertation synopsis: 

The Whole Naked Truth of Our Lives investigates the production of lesbian-feminist print culture in the United States, with a particular emphasis on poetry, between 1969 and 1989. During this period, lesbian-feminist poetry and publishing flourished and had broad cultural and political significance. The project explores how lesbian-feminism was articulated and edited in poetry and through print culture with particular attention to questions of race, class, and geographic location. By examining lesbian print culture with the tools of history and literary studies, I reconsider histories of the Women’s Liberation Movement and gay liberation and examine and situate historically the meaning of the theoretical and political formations of lesbian-feminism, lesbian separatism, and cultural feminism.

“Open the Book, Crack the Spine: Sixty-Nine Meditations on Lesbians in Popular Literature,” Contemporary Queer Culture, Jim Elledge, editor. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers, October 2010.

Courses taught: 

WMST 250, LGBT 200


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Lesbian Poetry Archive – http://LesbianPoetryArchive.org