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Lorraine Bethel is an African American lesbian feminist poet and author. She is a graduate of Yale University.

Bethel has taught and lectured on black women's literature and black female culture at various institutions. She currently works as a freelance journalist in New York City.


  • 'What Chou Mean We, White Girl? Or, the Culled Lesbian Feminist Declaration of Independence (Dedicated to the Proposition that All Women Are Not Equal, i.e., Identical/ly Oppressed,” Poem published in Bethel & Smith (eds. 1979), pp. 86-92
  • '"This infinity of conscious pain": Zora Neale Hurston and the Black Female Literary Tradition'. In Hull, Gloria T., Smith, Barbara and Scott, Patricia Bell (eds.). (1986). But Some of Us Are Brave: All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men: Black Women's Studies. Feminist Press. ISBN 0-912670-95-9



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