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A Valerie Taylor Photo Album

from the Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University [1]

Early Life




Political Activism

In Her Own Words

The Sweet Little Old Gray-Haired Lady in Sneakers

Valerie Taylor, 1979

I am a woman

a poet





Over seventy

An eight-time loser.

How shalI l not be a revolutionary?

How shalI l not see

My sister in every woman,

My brother in any man,

My child to cherish in every child?

When they dragged Jane Kennedy into solitary

that was my arm the cops were twisting.

When they dropped napalm on the rice paddies

that was my skin on fire,

That was my blood running out hot and sticky.


Give me eight kinds of strength to fight back.


Brandt, Kate. Valerie Taylor: Writing Since the 1950s and Still Going Strong, Happy Endings: Lesbian Writers Talk About their Lives and Work. Tallahassee, FL: Naiad Press, 1993.

Corinne, Tee. Valerie Taylor: A Resource Book, The Estate of Valerie Taylor, 1999; Valerie Taylor Papers, Rare and Manuscripts Collections, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Corinne, Tee and Caroline Overman, Valerie Taylor Interview, Common Lives/Lesbian Lives No. 25 (Winter 1988): 23-34.

D’Emilio, John. A Woman For All Generations, Windy City Times, August 6, 2008 (see Link below)

______________. Pulp Madness, Windy City Times, July 23, 2008 (see Link below)

Gallo, Marcia. Eight Kinds of Strength: A Tribute to Valerie Taylor, Lesbian Writer and Revolutionary, New Politics Vol. XII, No. 2 (Winter 2009): 136-139.

Grier, Barbara. Introduction, in Valerie Taylor, Whisper Their Love. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2006; orig. pub. by Fawcett World Library, 1957.

Keller, Yvonne. ‘Was It Right to Love Her Brother’s Wife So Passionately?’ Lesbian Pulp Novels and U.S. Lesbian Identity, 1950-1965. American Quarterly, Volume 57, No. 2, June 2005.

Weitzman, Erica. “Pulp Friction,” October 9, 2003 (Accessed November 11, 2011)


John D'Emilio, "A Woman For All Generations" [[2]]

John D'Emilio, "Pulp Madness" [3]