Thursday, January 28, 2010

Get Your Own 12 Days Poetry Booklet When You Support the Alexis Loves Julia Valentine Fundraising Drive for the MobileHomeComing!

turquoise lace edition (aka the victoria's secret of booklets)

Once upon a time visionary lovebirds Alexis and Julia were apart for 12 whole days :(, counting the seconds until they could be in the same place and envision revolutionary brilliance together again... Alexis decided to make the countdown liveable and poetic by writing daily love poems to Julia. This year for valentine's day Lex has decided to publish her infinite love in the form of tiny handmade booklets which can be yours for a sweet donation of 14 delicious dollars or more between now and valentines day!

Make a donation to the A Black Queer Mobile Homecoming - An Immersive Archive

1) Click DONATE.
2) Enter an Amount. And note "12 Days" with the coverstyle that you prefer
3) Click Continue.
(or login to your paypal account).
4) Follow instructions to finish your transaction. You're Done!

Top 12 reasons that you REALLY want to get a copy of 12 days before they're all gone:

12. For the sweet gift basket you are assembling for your sweetie(s).

11.Because you love poetry.

10. Because you are going to create your own long-distance love countdown and you want a model.

9. Because they are just so beautiful!

crimson cover editon (aka fledgling lust)

8. Because you are going to cross out Lex and Julia's names and pretend you wrote this for your honey-to-be for a valentine's day guarantee.

7. Because you support queer black love period.

6. Because you know that the MobileHomeComing is all about you and the world you want to live in.

5. Because you are a romantic, and this will distract you from the sappy Hallmark channel Valentine's Day specials.

black and white edition (aka julia in a tux!)

4. Because you are a fellow do it yourself revolutionary!

3. Because you believe that our ancestors return to us in the form of love.

2. Because you are nosy to see what kind of sweet nothings and everythings Lex be telling Julia to keep that smile so big and bright.

1. Because you are the BEST!

Turquoise and Hot Pink Duct Tape Editon (aka Dkye-tastic!)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Anger is Useful! New Podcast and Introducing the Little Black (Feminist) Book Series

Who's afraid of the Angry Black Woman? Well BE AFRAID because Angry Black Woman are speaking our minds and transforming the world in the service of our vision. Oppression beware the well-directed rage of Black feminism!

This week for your listening and reading pleasure we have the ANGRY BLACK WOMAN edition of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Podcast Series! As always, we start with the brilliance of our ancestors...meditating on the poetic of rage in June Jordan's angry letters to racist editors and including reflections from Nia Wilson, Mai'a Williams, Moya Bailey, Daria Bannerman and the young visionaries at New Horizon's Alternative as always music that rocks (including a track from the genuis Jon Anonymous project by Durham's own Shirlette Ammons!)

And while you're at or subscribe to the podcasts on itunes (search "brokenbeautiful press" in podcasts and we'll be all up in your eardrum!)

And just because my anger about racism, and sexism and gendered violence is based in my deep deep love for YOU and the world we deserve...BrokenBeautiful Press is happy to present The Little Black (Feminist) Book Series Volume 1: RAGE. Including that essay on June Jordan's Angry Letters and 4 other classic angry blogposts from the It's pocket-sized in case you need to hand it to someone who clearly doesn't get it. Get one on deck with a donation of 15 bucks or more all proceeds go to the Community Sustained Educational programming from Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind!

Go to and send your donation to with RAGE in product line and your correct mailing address. (Or just holler at me if you have the divine insight to live in Durham.) There are only 20 so get yours soon :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Harriet Alston on the Salsa Soul Sisters: January 30th Durham, NC

Saturday, January 30th, 1pm@ the Inspiration Station

Black Feminism Lives in Durham!
(featuring Harriet Alston, founding member of the Salsa Soul Sisters)

For Each Other: the Salsa Soul Sisters from Alexis Gumbs on Vimeo.

Watch this video to learn more about the Salsa Soul Sisters and come to the potluck ready to ask great questions and benefit from Harriet's wisdom and experience!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Revolutionary Vehicle: Help Lex and Julia Find a Free RV

Hey loved ones!
Check out this video of Julia and I exploring the wide world of RV's. I think Julia might be a reality TV star waiting to happen!

Here is a link to the video on VIMEO:

We know that somewhere in our beloved community there is a pre-loved RV that is waiting to be transformed or an awesome RV dealer/maker who totally gets it! Please help us out by sharing the video with everyone you can think of! Sharing is caring!

Or feel free to send an online donation of any amount! We are so proud for our project to be directly supported by and accountable to our brilliant loving community!

We are grateful to SONG (Southerners of New Ground) for supporting our grassroots fundraising. Your tax-deductible donation of $50 or more will directly support the work of the Mobilehomecoming. Check Payable to: SONG Note MobileHomecoming in the subject line.

You can donate to our project with your credit card or paypal account.

Make a donation to the A Black Queer Mobile Homecoming - An Immersive Archive

1) Click DONATE.
2) Enter an Amount.
3) Click Continue.
(or login to your paypal account).
4) Follow instructions to finish your transaction. You're Done!

For a copy of our budget or any more information please email us at

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Pat Parker Birthday Party and Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind Session!

I have known you forever

Been aware that you would come

My muse sang of you

Said watch the sky for an ebony meteorite

That will pierce into your darkness

And illuminate your fears...

— Pat Parker

excerpt from “For Audre”

If I could take all my parts with me when I go somewhere, and not have to say to one of them, "No, you stay home tonight, you won't be welcome," because I'm going to an all-white party where I can be gay, but not Black. Or I'm going to a Black poetry reading, and half the poets are antihomosexual, or thousands of situations where something of what I am cannot come with me. The day all the different parts of me can come along, we would have what I would call a revolution.

— Pat Parker, Movement in Black

Hey family! January 20th is the birthday of the brilliant Black lesbian poet, publisher and activist Pat Parker! Come celebrate at the inspiration station. Eat cake and engage quotations from Pat Parker's inspiring body of work. AND get applications and information for the School of Our Lorde and the Survival School series (applications for the February sessions due Jan 25th!)

Wednesday January 20th 6pm

Inspiration Station!

Cake for everyone!

Kids welcome!

Apply for the School of Our Lorde Poetics Unit by January 25th!: Available in Durham and the Diaspora!

The School of Our Lorde is comprised of 4 units of Thursday evening sessions that allow participants to deeply engage and build on the work of Audre Lorde as transmitted through the committed (obsessive) research of Alexis Pauline Gumbs on the poetics, teaching practices, political implications and publishing interventions of Audre Lorde’s work (and to enjoy delicious local desserts together) on Thursday evenings. Participants will also get coursepacks with some exclusive and unpublished materials on/by Lorde. Participants can choose to participate in one 3 week semester or the entire 4 month process. Engaging, interactive poetic childcare will be provided at every session with amazing activities imagined with and implemented by Beth Bruch!!!! No one who completes an application and can attend will be turned away.

February 2010: Poetics ****Applications Due January 25th 2010****

Poetics: Audre Lorde is best known as a warrior poet. In February, School of Our Lorde participants will get a change to deeply engage Lorde’s poetry (with the benefit of Lex’s archival research on her revisions) and write their own poetry. We will meet over dessert on Thursday February 4th, 11th and 18th (Audre’s b-day!!!!) and the poets will perform their own new or transformed work at a community reading on Saturday February 20th.

Apply for the poetics course here: School of Our Lorde Poetics Application (pdf version)

School of Our Lorde Poetics Application

email applications to or drop them off at the Inspiration Station (email for directions)

Distance Learning

For those of you who are not lucky enough to live in Durham, NC right now...don't worry. Audre Lorde and I both believe in long-distance love.

You can participate in the School of Our Lorde long-distance in 3 ways:

Host Your Own Satellite Campus!:

Why not have School of Our Lorde at your organization or in YOUR living room!? If you can gather 5 or more people to participate in any unit you can get a course packet with the course readings and worksheets to guide you through each session. You can also participate (along with other satellite campuses) in a monthly interactive BrightTalk session and office hours on LiveStream.

Our vision is that each Satellite Campus will be able to make a sliding scale contribution of $75-200 per unit. No group will be turned away.

To become a host, email with what session you'd like to host and your vision!

Independent Study:

Let us know how the School of Our Lorde poetics, pedagogy, politics of publishing process can support something you are working on with/for your community. You will get a course packet and worksheets. You can also participate (along with other satellite campuses) in a monthly interactive BrightTalk session and office hours on LiveStream.

Fill out the application for the appropriate unit here:

and get 7 people to financially support your participation. Our hope is that each independent student will raise between $50-150 to contribute to the School of Our Lorde. No one will be turned away!

Lorde as Our Witness:

You can participate in the School of our Lorde through this blog. There will be weekly video blog updates and reflections from the local participants and you can always post comments and questions here and I'll respond. Feel free to spread the good news in your community so one day you can host a School of Our Lorde institute where you live!