Judy Grahn Bio


Judy Grahn, Ph.D., currently serves as Co-Director and Research Faculty of the Women's Spirituality M.A. program at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She is internationally known as a poet, woman-centered cultural theorist, co-founder of lesbian-feminism, and early contributor to literature of women's spirituality. Her work centers on the reclamation of stories, values and methods of Sacred Feminine traditions. Her book, Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World (Beacon Press, 1993) outlines a new origin theory of culture blossoming from women's peaceful blood rituals, especially menstruation. Her poetry collections include The Queen of WandsThe Queen of SwordsShe Who and The Common Woman Poems, considered foundational to the development of cultural feminism. As a member of the first lesbian feminist collective in the U.S., Judy's contributions to the lesbian-feminist movement have been instrumental, including the publication of Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds (Beacon Press, 1984) which pffers extensive research into the origin and evolution of words and symbols of lesbian and gay culture. In 1994 she was awarded The Publishing Triangle's Lifetime Achievement Award (in Lesbian Letters). Judy’s Ph.D. is in Integral Studies with a concentration in Women's Spirituality. Her dissertation, “Are Goddesses Metaformic Constructs? An Application Of Metaformic Theory To Menarche Celebrations And Goddess Rituals Of Kerala And Contiguous States In South India” was publised in 1999. Judy is currently writing a book on goddess practices from research she did in India, using metaformic theory.