Lorde, Audre (Geraldin[e])(1934–92) poet, writer; born in New York City. She studied at the University of Mexico (1945), Hunter College (B.A. 1959), and Columbia University (M.L.S. 1961). Based in the Virgin Islands, she taught at many institutions, including Hunter (N.Y.C.) (1980). She was an African-American activist and lesbian feminist who explored the dimensions of modern life in poetry, a novel, and nonfiction, as in The Cancer Journals (1980).