Audre Lorde

(18 February 1934 – 17 November 1992 / New York City)

Audre Lorde
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Audre Lorde (born Audrey Geraldine Lorde) was a Caribbean-American writer, poet and activist.

Life

Lorde was born in New York City to Caribbean immigrants from Grenada, Frederick Byron Lorde (called Byron) and Linda Gertrude Belmar Lorde, who settled in Harlem. Nearsighted to the point of being legally blind, and the youngest of three daughters (her sisters named Phyllis and Helen), Lorde grew up hearing her mother's stories about the West Indies. She learned to talk while she learned to read, at the age of four, and her mother taught her to write at around the same time. She wrote her first poem when she was in eighth grade.

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