When it comes to race issues at the intersection of sexuality and literature, Audre Lorde was one of the most prolific voices of the 20th century. Born in New York to Grenadian immigrants, much of her work chronicles the serious need to address racism, homophobia and classism at a national level. In an industry dominated by white counterparts, it's remarkable and also inspiring that a Black, lesbian poet made such a presence and impact like Lorde.

Fans of the activist's work were deprived of more publications when she succumbed to a 14-year battle with breast cancer in 1992 at the age of 58. Nevertheless, Lorde provided literary scholars with plenty of compositions to analyze, including the following five excellent pieces: