Lorde, Audre

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Lorde, Audre Gender: F
Audrey Geraldine Lorde
born on 18 February 1934 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 29°45' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 04°49 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 11°22'

Audre Lorde
photo: K. Kendall, license cc-by-2.0


American writer and civil rights activist, with family roots in Barbados and Carriacou. After graduating from Hunter College High School and experiencing the grief of her best friend Genevieve Thompson's death, Lorde immediately left her parents' home and became estranged from her family. She attended Hunter College from 1954 to 1959 and graduated with a bachelor's degree. While studying library science, Lorde supported herself by working various odd jobs such as factory worker, ghost writer, social worker, X-ray technician, medical clerk, and arts and crafts supervisor, moving out of Harlem to Stamford, Connecticut and beginning to explore her lesbian sexuality.

In 1954, she spent a pivotal year as a student at the National University of Mexico, a period she described as a time of affirmation and renewal: she confirmed her identity on personal and artistic levels as a lesbian and poet. On her return to New York, she attended college, worked as a librarian, continued writing and became an active participant in the gay culture of Greenwich Village. She furthered her education at Columbia University, earning a master's degree in library science in 1961. She also worked during this time as a librarian at Mount Vernon Public Library and married attorney Edwin Rollins; they divorced in 1970 after having two children, Elizabeth and Jonathan. In 1966, Lorde became head librarian at Town School Library in New York City, where she remained until 1968.

In 1968 Lorde was writer-in-residence at Tougaloo College in Mississippi,[5] where she met Frances Clayton, a white professor of psychology, who was to be her romantic partner until 1989. From 1977 to 1978 Lorde had a brief affair with the sculptor and painter Mildred Thompson. The two met in Nigeria in 1977 at the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77). Their affair ran its course during the time that Thompson lived in Washington, D.C. and was teaching at Howard University. Lorde died on November 17, 1992, in St. Croix (where she had been living with Gloria I. Joseph), of liver cancer, though she dealt with a 14-year struggle with breast cancer. She was 58.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Moraga, Cherrie (born 25 September 1952). Notes: co-founded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press,
  • business associate/partner relationship with Smith, Barbara (born 16 November 1946). Notes: co-founded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press,
  • friend relationship with Chrystos (born 7 November 1946)


Source Notes

birth data quote
Diary quote on page 205 of the biography by Alexis de Veaux Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde . Sy Scholfield points to this source in his blog.


  • Passions : Sexuality : Lesbian
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ feminist
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet