Lynn Brewer is the Founder and Editor of Cliterature Magazine, a gorgeous writer and exquisitely dark poet, and one of the loveliest women I have ever met. Lynn is very much her own woman, living life her way. Like Virgotex, your perception of her is irrelevant, what matters most is her perception of her, as it should be, and I admire the hell out of her for that, what a gift.
We sat on a panel together at the Pilcrow Lit Fest last year. During the rebuilt books auction, I was the proud winner of Lynn’s rebuilt book. To this day, it remains on my top shelf, I re-read all top shelfers, they’re my faves.
Please welcome Dame Lynn Brewer!
Your name, pseudonym, where you’re from and what your read is about?
Lynn Brewer (rarely known as A. Lynn Brewer), spent my first 22 years hopscotching the Midwest until I moved to Boulder. Cliterature is an online journal that examines women’s sexuality in writing. I founded Cliterature in 2006, and since then have edited and published all 11 issues.
What does being a woman mean to you?
Being a woman means you have to stand up for yourself in a patriarchal world. Women have had to fight harder and longer for more rights than any other minority — the right not to belong to her husband, the right to vote, the right to own property, and the last major right won — abortion — is still a hotbed of contention and controversy. Even today, I can’t get my health insurance to cover my birth control, but if I had a middle-aged penis they would pay for Viagra. Being a woman means you have to sift through the injustices and dispute the status quo as much as possible. But, being a woman, you also have to pick your battles wisely.
Have you, are you, or will you reinvent yourself and, of course, what does reinventing yourself mean to you?
I am always reinventing myself, but not always by choice. Reinvention of the self could mean gaining a new perspective, or it could mean showcasing a new facet of yourself to the world.