Biography

BiographyDr. Amy (Red) Washburn is Assistant Professor of English and Co-Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Kingsborough Community College (CUNY). Red (she/ they) is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Hunter College (CUNY). They will be a Visiting Professor at Vassar College this summer, and they will be a Research Fellow at the CUNY Grad Center next year. They teach first-year composition, women’s literature, queer literature, creative nonfiction, feminist theory, queer theory, and women’s prison memoir, among other courses. They received a M.A. in English from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2005 and a M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland in 2007. They received a Ph.D. from the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland in 2010. Their dissertation explored transatlantic connections in contemporary Black American and Northern Irish women’s political autobiography, 1960s-1990s. Their articles appear in Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and Journal of Lesbian Studies. Their poetry collection Crestview Tree Woman was published by Finishing Line Press. Their poem “Enjera” appears in the 2015 “Reconciliations” issue of Sinister Wisdom. In 2017, Red co-edited  Sinister Wisdom issue 103, “Celebrating the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival,” in which their piece “156 Avenue and Madison Road” is featured. Their piece “Cherry Blossom Branch” is featured in the 2017 “The Lesbian Body Issue” issue of Sinister Wisdom, and additionally, their essay “Cliff Notes: On Memories of Herstory, Identities of Authority, and Legacies of Community” will be featured in the 2019 “Tribute to Michelle Cliff” issue of Sinister Wisdom. Recently, Red was featured in Grete Miller’s experimental documentary Handmade about patriarchal culture and gender norms, and a guest speaker for the “Lesbian Identities” radio show on Rainbow Notes. They are just edited the “Dump Trump” issue of Sinister Wisdom with Cheryl Clarke and Morgan Gwenwald, slated for fall publication. They will be co-editing the 45th Anniversary Sinister Wisdom issue of the Lesbian Herstory Archives with Deborah Edel, Flavia Rando, Maxine Wolfe, Joan Nestle, Morgan Gwenwald, Stevie Jones, and Shawn(ta) Smith Cruz in the fall. Their current work is on the intergenerational and intersectional trans/ feminist connections in lesbian/ queer and trans/ nonbinary communities, 1990-2015. Red is a coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives and of the Rainbow Book Fair and on the board of directors of Sinister Wisdom.