Audre Lorde was born in 1934 in New York City, New York to immigrant parents from Grenada. Lorde’s writing and activism drew on her experiences as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” Lorde was widely recognized for her work, serving as the New York Poet Laureate from 1991-1992, and winning the National Book Award for A Burst of Light (Ixia Press, 1988). Lorde passed away in 1992.
Audre Lorde, excerpt from “Touring” from The Black Unicorn. Copyright © 1978 by Audre Lorde. Used by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
The Poetry Path is made possible through a partnership with Battery Park City Authority, partners in design and fabrication of the Poetry Path, with additional support from our Outreach Partner, Goldman Sachs. Special thanks to the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation for funding the Poetry Path planning process, and to the Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation for supporting Poetry Path educational initiatives for youth and children.