Biography

BiographyDr. Amy (Red) Washburn is Assistant Professor of English and Co-Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Kingsborough Community College (CUNY). She also is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Hunter College (CUNY). She teaches first-year composition, women’s literature, queer literature, creative nonfiction, feminist theory, queer theory, and women’s prison memoir, among other courses. She 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. She received a Ph.D. from the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland in 2010. Her dissertation explored transatlantic connections in contemporary Black American and Northern Irish women’s political autobiography, 1960s-1990s. Her articles appear in Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and Journal of Lesbian Studies. Her poetry collection Crestview Tree Woman was published by Finishing Line Press. Her poem “Enjera” appears in the 2015 “Reconciliations” issue of Sinister Wisdom. In 2017, she co-edited  Sinister Wisdom issue 103, “Celebrating the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival,” in which her piece “156 Avenue and Madison Road” is featured. Her piece “Cherry Blossom Branch” is featured in the 2017 “The Lesbian Body Issue” issue of Sinister Wisdom, and additionally, her 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. She is currently working on a book chapter on the Lesbian Avengers, as well as editing the “Dump Trump” issue of Sinister Wisdom with Cheryl Clarke and Morgan Gwenwald. She is a coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives and of the Rainbow Book Fair.