Zami Reading Questions for Study Group:

  1. What kinds of messages does Audre receive about race, gender, and sexuality as a young girl?
  2. How does Audre’s relationship to her mother shape her identity?
  3. How does Audre understand “home”? How is her sense of home (or lack thereof) connected to her identity as a woman, a child of immigrants, a Black person, a lesbian?
  4. What is Audre’s relationship to language?
  5. What is a biomythography?
  6. Why do you think Lorde refuses to capitalize words like american, supreme court, ivy league, and christian?
  7. How would you characterize Audre’s time in Mexico?
  8. Who is Afrekete? What is her significance in the narrative?