Commonality Institute News

Spring 2021 Release: Touching Creatures, Touching Spirit: Living in a Sentient World

Grahn meditates on our relationship with all creatures from the smartest cats to the smallest microbes. Touching Creatures, Touching Spirit: Living in a Sentient World, offers a new eco-feminist lens to understand relationships, with a May 2021 release date from Red Hen Press, Pasadena California. Pre-order now and view Grahn’s other titles from Red Hen Press here.

Spring 2021 Release: Eruptions of Inanna: Justice, Gender, and Erotic Power

Grahn adds another work to her body of poetic scholarship centering the ancient Sumerian goddess Inanna in the creation of world culture. Eruptions of Inanna: Justice, Gender, and Erotic Power from Nightboat Books, NYC; edited by Julie Enszer, Sinister Wisdom. Learn more about Nightboat Books here. 

Now Available: “Goddess Is Alive! But How Do We Know?” in anthology, The Land Remembers Us: Women, Myth, and Nature

The Land Remembers Us: Women, Myth, and Nature is the third volume of proceedings from the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology. In this collection, the work of 18 scholars explores the connections of myth and land including Grahn’s poignant “Goddess is Alive! But How Do We Know?. Available here.

il Sangue, il Pane, e le Rose

An Italian language edition of Blood, Bread, and Roses – now available through Effigi Edizioni thanks to the efforts of Sandra Capribo and Luisa Vicinelli. More information available here.


The Association for the Study of Women and Mythology Demeter award is given to Dr. Grahn in recognition of her decades of writing, activism, visionary scholarship and leadership as a founding mother of feminist philosophy, literature, theory and poetry in action. As an internationally celebrated poet, author, mythologist, cultural theorist, teacher, she exemplifies tireless intellectual leadership in poetic expression of feminist ethical and spiritual values, and wide-ranging contributions to feminist infrastructure and culture.
Judy’s poetry has fueled both the Feminist and Lesbian-Feminist movements, in the US and numerous other countries through such works as the mythic-history Another Mother Tongue (1984, 1991) which was vital to the Lesbian/Gay movement during the 1980s and 1990s. We honor her poetic growth through Lesbian literary activism to encompass women’s spirituality – acknowledging the inseparability of feminist politics and women’s spirituality. Her work has resulted in fourteen published books with two more in process, including two book-length poems, several poetry collections, a reader, an ecotopian novel, and five non-fiction books.
In other foundational contributions, an award in her name is given every year to a notable Lesbian author.  ASWM joins the many other organizations honoring her significant contributions; she has received over twenty awards, including Lifetime Achievement Awards from Triangle Publishing, Golden Crown Trailblazers Award, and San Francisco Gay Pride Parade Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshall, 2014 as well as two Lambda Literary Awards, two American Book Awards, a Foremothers of Women’s Spirituality Award, a Stonewall Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Award.

Commonality Institute Foundational Essays Chapbook

A chapbook with new essays and foundational writing by Judy Grahn on Commonality is set for release in November 2020. These essays are an invaluable tool to understanding the work, legacy and core philosophy of Grahn and the Commonality Institute. The main goal in publishing these essays now is to aid in the teaching of Grahn’s work. The chapbook, with dynamic cover art by Kook Teflon, will be available through the Commonality Institute store here.


Commonality Institute is excited to sponsor the first annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival Poetry Contest and Book on the theme of love, judged by Jewelle Gomez. Submit by October 15, 2020.

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