Elana Dykewomon has been a cultural worker and social justice activist since the 1970s. She is the 2009 recipient of the Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists' Prize. Her seventh book, Risk (a novel) is new (!) from Bywater Books. Her Jewish lesbian historical novel, Beyond the Pale, won the Lambda Literary and Ferro-Grumley lesbian novel awards. Dykewomon was editor of the lesbian feminist journal, Sinister Wisdom, for nine years; co-coordinated disabled and senior access for the San Francisco Dyke March until 2010; teaches literature at SFSU and offers private creative writing classes— seewww.dykewomon.org. She lives in Oakland, California with her partner, Susan, surrounded by friends.