Audre Lorde was a writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist. As a poet, she is best known for technical mastery and emotional expression, as well as her poems that express anger .
Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia in her poetry, and in other literary work.
Concerned with modern society’s tendency to categorize groups of people, Lorde fought the marginalization of such categories as “lesbian” and “black woman,” thereby empowering her readers to react to the prejudice in their own lives. Lorde died of liver cancer at age 58 on November 17, 1992, in St. Croix.