Dr. Judy Grahn


Judy Grahn’s mother told her that she began exhibiting interest in religion at the age of three, and by the age of eleven she was writing prayers for Sunday School.

Judy has been on a lifelong quest for the sacred feminine in poetry, in research, in the ancient past, in still powerful contemporary traditions, in the future, and in her own life.

Judy’s work reflects this deep exploration: in the She Who Poems; in book length poems, The Queen of Wands and The Queen of Swords; in a literary study, The Highest Apple: Sappho and the Lesbian Poetic Tradition; and in her eco-feminist novel, Mundane’s World.

Judy is also on a quest to develop an origin story that is inclusive of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered contributions to human culture and evolution, and toward that end has researched and written Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds (Beacon Press) and Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World (Serpentina.com).

Judy holds a Ph.D. in Integral Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies, has done research in India, and is co-director of a master's of arts degree program in Women’s Spirituality at New College of California in San Francisco.

(This biographical statement provided by Judy Grahn.)

Biography Date: April, 2004

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