Elana Dykewomon is an activist, author, and teacher and has a fiercely dedicated readership. One of the finest thinkers — and writers — the women’s movement has produced, she has worked for the last 25 years as an editor and teacher of composition and creative writing, both independently and for SF State University.
Her books, which foreground ordinary lesbian heroism, include the Lambda-nominee Risk; the Lambda and Ferro-Grumley award-winning Beyond the Pale; the 1970′s classic, Riverfinger Women; two collections of short-stories, Moon Creek Road and They Will Know Me By My Teeth; and two collections of poetry, Nothing Will Be As Sweet As The Taste and Fragments from Lesbos. She was an editor of the lesbian-feminist journal Sinister Wisdom from 1987 to 1994. She is also a recipient of the Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists’ Prize.
Risk is a beautifully told story that spans the years from the mid-eighties to the post-9/11 world. Carol, whose father was killed in the Vietnam War, is an idealistic, Berkeley-educated, Jewish lesbian living in Oakland, California. She makes her living by tutoring high school students, engages in community activism, and sometimes supplements her income with gambling. Through Carol's life, Dykewomon explores the changing times and values in America.