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The Pinko Commie Dyke Reads…With Friends (in person & live-streaming)

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Julie R. Enszer reads from her new, fully illustrated poetry collection, The Pinko Commie Dyke: Poems From a Leftist Lesbian Cabal, joined by poet Irena Klepfisz and multihyphenate writer Donna Minkowitz (journalist, essayist, memoirist, and soon-to-be novelist). Poet, writer, and founding publisher of Indolent Books Michael Broder will introduce the readings.


To reserve a copy of The Pinko Commie Dyke: Poems From a Leftist Lesbian Cabal (Indolent Books, 2024, paperback, $20), please write to contact@bgsqd.com with “please reserve a copy of The Pinko Commie Dyke for June 5” in the subject line.

Thank you for supporting the Bureau by purchasing books from us!


This event will take place in person at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, on the second floor (room 210) of The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC, 10011.

Registration is not required. Seating is first come, first served.

Also live-streaming on the Bureau’s YouTube channel:



Suggested donation to benefit the Bureau: $10.

All are welcome to attend, with or without a donation.

We will pass a bag for donations at the start of the event, but we can also take credit card donations at the register or on Venmo @BGSQD


About the Readers

Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is the author of several previous poetry collections including Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010), Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), Lilith’s Demons (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2015), and Avowed (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016), as well as the editor of the poetry anthology Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2011). Enszer also edited OutWrite: The Speeches that Shaped LGBTQ Literary CultureFire-Rimmed Eden: Selected Poems by Lynn LonidierThe Complete Works of Pat Parker; and Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974–1989. Enszer edits and publishes Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal. More at julierenszer.com.


Irena Klepfisz is a trailblazing lesbian poet and political activist and the author of six books of poetry. Along with Clare Kinberg and Grace Paley, Klepfisz in 1988 founded The Jewish Women’s Committee to End the Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Her Birth and Later Years, a volume of new and collected poems from 1971–2021, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2022. It was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry from the Publishing Triangle.


Donna Minkowitz is a pioneering lesbian writer known for her coverage of gay and lesbian politics and culture in The Village Voice from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s, for which she won a GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Award. She is the author of the investigative book Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters With the Right Taught Me About Sex, God, and Fury, and the memoir Growing Up Golem. Her debut novel, the autofantasy Donnaville, is forthcoming from Indolent Books in 2024. More at donnaminkowitz.com.


Registration Required:
Youth Only:
June 5
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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