Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger by Kelly J. Cogswell

By Kelly J. Cogswell


When Kelly Cogswell plunged into New York’s East Village in 1992, she had simply pop out. An ex–Southern Baptist born in Kentucky, she used to be tenting in an road B loft, scribbling poems, and enjoying in an underground band, attempting to work out her subsequent circulate. a few months later she used to be fed on by way of the Lesbian Avengers, instigating direct motion campaigns, struggling with law enforcement officials on 5th street, mobilizing 20,000 dykes for a march on Washington, D.C., and consuming fire—literally—in entrance of the White House.

At as soon as streetwise and wistful, Eating Fire is a witty and pressing coming-of-age memoir spanning 20 years, from the tradition battle of the early Nineteen Nineties to the battle on Terror. Cogswell’s tale is a fascinating mix of picaresque experience, how-to activist guide, and rigorous inquiry into questions of identification, resistance, and citizenship. it's also a compelling, own recollection of friendships and fallings-out and of discovering real love—several occasions over. After the Lesbian Avengers imploded, Cogswell describes how she grew to become a pioneering citizen journalist, cofounding the Gully on-line journal with the groundbreaking objective of providing “queer perspectives on everything.”

The first in-depth account of the influential Lesbian Avengers, Eating Fire unearths the group’s dating to the queer artwork and activist scene in early ’90s manhattan and establishes the media-savvy Avengers as a major precursor to teams resembling Occupy Wall highway and l. a. Barbe, in France. a unprecedented insider’s examine the method and perils of highway activism, Kelly Cogswell’s memoir is an uncompromising and finally empowering tale of artistic resistance opposed to hatred and injustice.

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