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DYKE A Quarterly, No. 1: Correspondents

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 We would like to have correspondents from communes and communities all over the country. We would like to hear what books Dykes are reading, what movies they are going to, how they are raising children, how they are celebrating holidays, what arts they are involved with, what their living arrangements are.  We are interested in all the varied things that happen in the everyday life of a Dyke community. If you would like to be a correspondent, please write us for details.


“Rolling on The River” happened on Aug. 9th, 1975 and the only thing wrong with it was that we ain’t still aboard….snip….our good ship The Commodore is an old fashioned riverboat….snip…..the band Spectrum from Lucine, Louisiana played well….snip ….we wanna thank everyone who helped us particularly the Carnaval Krews and the MCC of N.O.L.A Church who gave us lots of publicity.

Jenny for D.O.B.


 The most exciting thing that is happening is Iowa City is the opening of Grace & Rubies, a woman’s restaurant…snip…

One of the other projects getting under way is a dyke garage. A huge garage has been rented and one of the women in the community will be teaching a mechanics course a couple of nights a week….

The women’s work crew supports  the Dykes in town who can’t or  don’t want to find a job doing shit work for some establishment. These women contract themselves out for anything form house cleaning to detasseling corn. …snip

In September there was a benefit dance for women in the state prison—about 125 women attended….snip…the money that was raised by the benefit will be used to pay for travel expenses  to the prison in October and also to finance a trip in December to bring some holiday cheer to the women in prison…snop

The local Dyke football team maneuvered a brilliant victory last week 24 -0

Jeanne O’Connor

DYKE A Quarterly No.1, inside back cover. Ad For Diana Press Publications

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DYKE A Quarterly. Issue #1, Inside Back Cover. Ad for Diana Press Publications



The new woman's survival catalog 1973 DIANA PRESS

From The New Women’s Survival Catalog: edited by Kirsten Grimstad and Susan Rennie, 1973 Coward, McCann & Geoghagan Inc./Berkeley Publishing Corporation, New York


“Tucked away in the basement of a tidy Baltimore townhouse, the DIANA PRESS looks like just another commercial print shop. Inside you find the usual array of sophisticated printing equipment: to Multilith printing machines, and instant plate-maker, a strip-printer for making headlines, an IBM composer for typesetting, a plate burner for making negatives, a Xerox copier, along with beautifully self-styled drafting and layout tables. Yet there are several features that distinguish DIANA PRESS from you average print shop. First, DIANA PRESS combines successful commercial printing (they hold the printing contract for one of the nations’ largest sporting magazines) with publishing and printing of feminist and radical feminist literature. Second, DIANA PRESS is entirely owned and operated by three remarkable women: Coletta Reid, Casey Czarnik and Erma Randall.


The Story of DIANA PRESS goes back to January, 1972 when the press was established and incorporated by a diverse collective of working and middle class women. As Coletta explains it, the press had problems right from the outset. In the first place, the collective lacked any uniform political position. “The name, DIANA PRESS, for example, was agreed upon as a compromise between those who wanted to commemorate weatherwoman Diana Oughton and others who saw Diana as a symbol of ancient women’s culture.” Second, in choosing to operate as an open collective with women working whenever they had the time, the press functioned only haphazardly, with no clear lines of responsibility.


Thirdly, from its very beginning, the women worked in tandem and shared an adjoining office with “a group of leftist hippy men” who did the typesetting and paste-up while the women handled the printing. Together they put out movement work for the price of the cost of paper only – all labor was donated.


By October of the same year, it was apparent that the press could not continue to function in this haphazard manner and still survive as a viable enterprise. Tensions over the conflicts in the collective had already caused most of the women to leave. Realizing the necessity of the situation, the remaining women totally re-organized the operation, asked the “hippy men” to leave, and agreed to give themselves nine months to make the press self-supporting – a goal which they achieved long before their deadline. With money obtained through donations they were able to equip their shop with essential printing machinery. They divided up the print shop into departments and initiated clear lines of responsibility and a production schedule.


The sheer determination of Casey, Coletta and Erma – the 12 hour working day, the material sacrifices – has insured the future of DIANA PRESS. The have successfully competed for bids on commercial work, and although none of them is eager to perpetuate capitalism, it is their commercial business that pays the bills, finances them through print school, and makes the publication of women’s literature possible. Their next goal is to get a Webb press with which they will be able to print any size format, and be no mistake about it, with their determination and energy they’ll have their Webb press, and make a giant stride toward freeing women entirely from male printing establishments."


PS: Check out this amazing online resource: The Library of Radiant Optimism For Let's Re-make The World. You can download The New Women's Survival Catalog, just in case you don't happen have one sitting around the house like we do.

DYKE A Quarterly No, 1: Introductions


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DYKE A Quarterly, Issue 1, p 4 + 5 intro spread WHO WE ARE

We are Penny House and Liza Cowan. We are Dyke separatists, Born and bred. We are 26 years old and Jewish. We have known each other since we were four years old. We went to school and camp together, hung out together. Lived together, and fought intensely twice. Once over a boy when we were fourteen and didn’t know what was happening, and once just a few months before  Penny came out...(snip)

  During the past five years Liza produced feminist then Lesbian radio shows at WBAI-FM including a show called "Dyke Salad”  a live five hour weekly series. Later she co-edited COWRIE, a Lesbian-feminist magazine. Penny was at this time going to school, producing Lesbian concerts with a woman’s music group, and working with Alix Dobkin. A year ago, Liza and Alix, who are lovers, moved to a farm with Alix’s daughter, Adrian... (snip)

We both love to read and have always loved to read magazines. We talk about both the form and content extensively. Between us we read: Lesbian Connection, Lavender Woman, Off Our Backs, The Lesbian Tide, Big Mama Rag, Majority Report, Sister, Country Woman, The Circle (from New Zeland) Long Time Coming (Montreal) Moonstorm, The Monthly Extract, New York Radical Feminist Newsletter, Womanspirit, and Albatross.

 From the patriarchal press we read: Organic Gardening, Publisher’s Weekly, Vogue, People, New York, The New Yorker, Interview, Rona Barrett Hollywood, Rona Barrett Gossip, Newsweek, Mainstream, The New York Times, The New York Post, National Geographic, Horse and Horseman, Yankee Pedlar, The New York Horse, House & Garden and TV Guide. It seemed natural for us to create a Lesbian magazine.


 We want to publish a magazine that fulfills our need for analysis, communication and news of Lesbian culture. We believe that “Lesbian culture” presumes a separatist analysis. If Lesbian culture is intermixed with straight culture, it is no longer Lesbian; it is heterosexual or heterosocial because energy and time are going to men. Lesbian community – Lesbian culture- means Lesbian only DYKE is a magazine for Dykes only! We will speak freely among ourselves. We are not interested in telling the straight world what we are doing. In fact, he hope they never even see the magazine. It is none of their business. If they chance to see it, we hope they will think it is mindless gobbledegook. We are already thinking in ways that are incomprehensible to them.


Dyke will carry feature articles on theoretical politics, live events, place, current and past history, media, fashions, music, home economics, literature, animal lore, health, applied sciences and gossip. DYKE will be covering Lesbian culture and straight culture. Straight culture is present in our lives and in our minds. It is violent and perverted. We recognize and analyze it and in this way prevent it from retarding our growth. We believe separatism demands constant vigilance and analysis. DYKE magazine will reflect this." (snip)


To see more about Lesbian and Feminist periodicals of the time check here and here.


For an insightful analysis of 1970's Lesbian Feminism, see Urvashi Vaid's most excellent essay, Ending Patriarchy: Political Legacies of the 1970's, published in Trivia, Issue 11, October 2010. Vaid presented this talk on October 9th, 2010 at the CUNY Conference in New York City, In Amerika They Call Us Dykes, Lesbian Lives In the 1970's 


DYKE A Quarterly No.1: Table Of Contents

DYKE A QUARTERLY #1 table of contents
DYKE A QUARTERLY Issue #1 Table Of Contents


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TYPING DEPARTMENT....................................Sherry Valentine Harriot, Elizabeth Barclay"


ad for IBM Selectric. Matthew Liebowitz design It may be hard to believe these days of iPads, fiber optic internet, and eBooks, but in 1975 we made DYKE pretty much by hand. Not like a Gutenberg Press, not even linotype. But our first issue wasn't even typeset. We hired friends to copy out the articles on an IBM Selectric typewriter. And then we cut up the pages and rubber cemented them together. Forget about typos. DYKE was riddled with them.


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