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Lesbian artists and poets who identify as disabled and/or are living with a physical, sensory, cognitive, or chronic illness. 

WMN Issue 3 ‘Taking Space’

Issue Number 3, Taking Space, is an international open call for those who identify as lesbian and disabled and/or are living with a physical, sensory, cognitive, or chronic illness.

WMN believes in representing sectors of the lesbian community that are not always given the visibility they deserve. We want to support disabled artists and writers as we feel the discourse around disabilities, and representation of, is lacking particularly within the art world and the lesbian community. Since intersectionality is at the crux of everything, Taking Space is a creative space that illuminates the intersection of disabilities and lesbianism’s inevitable overlap. It is important to provide this platform in order to unlearn, listen, and support the visibility, experience and talent of disabled lesbian artists. 

Zee looking into the camera with the sun in their face, and their hand on their eyebrow

Guest Editor: Zee Monteiro

For this issue, we will have guest editor, Zee Monteiro, who is based in London, UK, who is a community organizer, blogger, poet & activist who identifies as neurodivergent.  Both in their writing, talks, and their poems they challenge the audience to reflect and engage on topics relating to Blackness, Queerness, Female Masculinity, and Vulnerability. 

Their work focuses on creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+, Black, and POC groups within society and on the digital platform. With their website Qingsland.com, Zee is determined to discover and bring to light the truest stories of Queer Black History and document their personal journey navigating the world.’


Susannah Appleby
Art | Dublin, Ireland

Sadie bat Kalman
Poetry | Sandy Mush, NC

Tiffany Baxter
Art | Milton Keynes, England

Aurora Berger
Art | Strafford, VT

Rizzo Boring
Art | South West of France

Anna Bosslar
Art | Hamburg, Germany

Marisol Brady
Art | New York City, NY

Lauren Camerata
Art | New York City, NY

Marlena Chertock
Poetry | Washington, D.C.

Ruby Cromer
Art | Minneapolis, MN

Sami Cutrona
Art | San Francisco, CA

Jessie Dessus
Art | New York, NY

Prisca Edwards
Art | Brooklyn, NY

Jess Fry
Art | St. Louis, MO

Brandi ‘Noire’ La Zard
Art | Lynn, MA

Alex Masse
Poetry | Vancouver, BC, Canada

Teighlor McGee
Art | Minneapolis, MN

Lori McMichael
Art | Brooklyn, NY

Nitika Raj
Poetry | Brooklyn, NY

Giada Rotundo
Art | Milan, Italy

Jenna Rowell
Poetry | Springfield, VA

Nicole Russell
Art | Los Angeles, CA

Lauren Steigerwald
Art | Westchester, NY

Gillian Thomas
Poetry | Portland, OR

Carson Wolfe
Poetry | Manchester, England

Ally Zlatar
Art | Glasgow, Scotland

Taking Space in-person Launch

Our launch for Issue Number 3, Taking Space, took place Sunday, May 16th, 2021 at the historical Alice Austen House Museum on Staten Island. Alice Austen was a lesbian and photographer who lived in her home with her partner and the consistent subject of her photographs, Gertrude, for over 45 years. This historical lesbian space is iconic and the perfect place to celebrate the lesbian history, and its future.

Taking Space Virtual Launch

In addition to the in-person launch WMN also hosted a virtual launch with BGSQD on July 24, 2021. WMN contributors and artists Aurora Berger and Marisol Brady shared their work and readings by poets Nitika Raj and Marlena Chertock. Thank you to ASL interpreters Candace Davider and Greyson Van Pelt from SignNexus.