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Grier, Barbara (1933-2011)  
 
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Having spent some thirty years in the publishing business, Grier and McBride decided to retire in the early years of the new millennium. They gradually let their books go out of print and closed Naiad Press in 2005.

The heir to Naiad is Bella Books of Ferndale, Michigan, run by Kelly Smith, who spent eighteen months working for Naiad in the late 1990s. Grier was very supportive of Bella, and noted that almost all of the Naiad writers have signed on with Smith.

Sponsor Message.

Bibliophiles Grier and McBride left an important heritage to the scholarly community by donating their collection of lesbiana to the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center of the San Francisco Public Library. The collection, valued at $400,000 at the time of its donation in 1995, comprises more than fifteen thousand books, monographs, and manuscripts. It also includes photographs and items of memorabilia.

Grier was always been forthright in declaring her lesbianism and strongly encouraged others to do likewise. She stated in Coming Out Stories, "I am positive that it [i.e. having come out and lived openly as a lesbian] is the reason that I have been extremely happy all my life," and also said that she regards being a lesbian "as some kind of heaven-sent blessing."

Grier entitled her coming out essay "The Garden Variety Lesbian." Hers was a bountiful garden indeed.

Grier died on November 10, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida of complications from cancer. She was survived by her wife, Donna McBride.

Linda Rapp

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    Bibliography
   

Gaard, Greta. "Grier, Barbara." Lesbian Histories and Cultures: An Encyclopedia. Bonnie Zimmerman, ed. New York: Garland, 2000. 346-347.

Grier, Barbara. "The Garden Variety Lesbian." The Original Coming Out Stories. Julia Penelope and Susan J. Wolfe, eds. Freedom, Cal.: The Crossing Press, 1989. 19-24.

Nelson, Julie. "Re:Inking; Happy Twentieth Anniversary to Naiad Press Founders Donna McBride and Barbara Grier." Hot Wire: The Journal of Women's Music and Culture 8 (January 31, 1992): 20.

Sears, James T. Rebels, Rubyfruit, and Rhinestones: Queering Space in the Stonewall South. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2001.

Syzmanski, Therese. "Legendary Lesbian Publisher Writes Her Own Happily Ever After." Lambda Book Report 10 (May 31, 2002): 10.

 

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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Grier, Barbara  
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    Date Last Updated November 12, 2011  
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