But when a boy on their street became involved in a gang, the neighborhood struggled with vandalism, noise and fear. To fight back, the neighbors -- including Zipter and Forde -- banded together and succeeded in driving the gang members out of the neighborhood.
In addition to investigating such relationships in her writing, Zipter also chronicles what she calls "the ordinariness of life as a lesbian," particularly in her column, "INSIDE/Out," which appears in Outlines and several other newspapers.
Yvonne Zipter is the author of the Dog Writers of Association of America-nominated poetry chapbook Like Some Bookie God, the essay "Life after the Finish Line "in Barbara Karant's photo collection Greyhounds, and numerous other works. She lives in Chicago with her partner and their two retired racing greyhounds where she works as a massage therapist.