Journals, files, photographs, correspondence, and writing of American lesbian feminist poet Karen Brodine.
Karen Brodine (1947-1987) was a feminist poet, activist, and teacher. She was born in Seattle, Washington, on June 14, 1947,
the daughter of Val Daniel (a music teacher) and Mary (a music teacher; maiden name, Pierce) Brodine. She graduated from
the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in 1972, and from San Francisco State University, with an M.A. in 1974.
Her published work includes: Slow Juggling (poems), Berkeley Poets Cooperative, 1975; Making the Park, Kelsey St. Press (Berkeley,
CA), 1976, with Patricia Dienstfrey, Marina La Palma, Laura Moriarty, and Rena Rosenwasser; Illegal Assembly (poems), Hanging
Loose Press, 1980; and, Woman Sitting at the Machine, Thinking (poems), introduction by Merle Woo, Freedom Socialist Publications,
1987. She was an instructor in creative writing at San Francisco State University from 1975-81; a typesetter and writer, 1981-87;
an assistant editor of the American Journal of Human Genetics at University of California, San Francisco from 1987 on. She
died of cancer on October 18, 1987.
Copyright is transferred to SFPL. SFPL may allow use of Karen Brodine's work for educational and literary purposes that respect
her wishes, spirit, and general political viewpoint. Please note that a few poems are marked "Do not publish." Handwritten
journals should not be published but may be quoted.
Collection is unprocessed but open for research. Photographs are available during San Francisco Historical Photo desk hours:
Tuesdays 1-5 pm, Thursdays 1-5 pm, and Saturdays 10-noon and 1-5 pm.