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DreamBook Oracles


A few weeks ago I had the honor of facilitating a workshop called Dreambook Oracles: A Workshop for People of Color on Dreams, Poetry and the Deep Dark Future.   A beautiful gathering of people converged, shared their dreams with each other, wrote poetry in honor of each others dreams and embodied the wisdom of our dream poems in beautiful choreographed performances.  We trusted our bodies and our dreams to answer our deepest darkest question and we want to share the oracle we created with you right now.   Our structure for this act of sharing is inspired by the practice of black communities keeping dreambooks as resources for playing the underground lottery referred to “as the numbers.”

Here is how you can participate:

Close your eyes (after you read this) and decide on your deepest darkest question.  What do you really need to know for the breakthrough that you are having right now.   You will know that it’s the right question if your breathing pattern changes, tears start to come or your body responds in any other way.

Now choose a number between one and fifteen.

Now find the poem below that matches your number and think about the insight it has for your question.   (Or read the whole series of poems with special attention to your number.)

Dreambook Oracles (by the participants in the New Orleans People of Color Dream Workshop)




People gather, work

together. Aviation

into elder. Bold!




behold. when you swallow

a bronze rainbow, know

that tomorrow there will be sky




Bombs fall all around

I feel afraid but I know

I can carry peace




At birth we hover

Flow from the stomach, again

At death we hover




once we used to fly

thick green jungles, hungry mouths

our years gone, then found




Ancestral Banquet

mashed potatoes; gravy

Dear, you look so well




Heavy shadows lurch

like vines without support

crawl to light, home safe?




spirit blesses you

with eternal reflection

water light and love




Sunday with kin

Open Market. Blackfaces

travel and still home




you will always be

expanse of water and pain

surrender, my love




I don’t dream much. Sleep

comes slowly, dreams slower. But

waking is hardest.




from the fear, I leap

to the waters. Bless and flow

my courage honored




we find salvation

in spaces between cupped palms

over bleeding hearts




red lips punctuate

a legacy of rememberance

ancestral portals




poison coins surged

awake to speak your truth

die to be reborn


The next day I was inspired to completely transform what I was going to say as my keynote address for the Dream Caravan 2015 event and I activated the Dream Stone Oracle that I created for my brother Seneca.   Check out the keynote here:

And if you want your own digital copy of After Brightest Star the dream memoir that I mention in the keynote…you can download it here.




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Sankofa Substance: Celebrating Sojourner Truth

Sojourner_Truth-Collage-72rezYesterday (Nov. 26th) is the date that Sojourner Truth ascended to become an ancestor after a life that spanned slavery and freedom and multiple movements.  My favorite thing that Sojourner Truth ever said is her own life-inventing name which is worth chanting today or any day in gratitude and remembrance of her life and as a method for clarifying our own journeys.   Much love to all of us who create, reclaim and move powerfully in our names.

Listen to the meditation here:

This collage is based on one of a series of portrait prints that Sojourner Truth sold on her journey as an itinerant abolitionist in order to support her to create her home, dictate her life story and continue her work at the fraught freedom intersection of black liberation and feminism.  Thus she wrote “I sell the shadow to support the substance.”   We would be honored if you supported the substantive work of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind this holiday season by gifting everyone you love (including yourself) images of Sojourner Truth or any of the other Black Feminist Breathing ancestors.

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Queer Blood Relations: The Thickness of Witness


Last month in Detroit I had the honor and pleasure of co-facilitating a workshop with Sangodare (aka Julia Roxanne Wallace) and Alexis De Veaux called “Queer Blood Relations: The Thickness of Witness” a tthe historic Fire and Ink IV celebration.  During the course of our workshop the 20 participants

*found the ways that we were related to each other in the room

*learned the song “Mojuba” in the context of Sangodare’s explication of a bapticostal, queer visionary, Yoruba Ifa-Orisha spiritual calling

*witnessed Alexis De Veaux’s family tree of literary precedents that made her book YABO possible

*engaged my black feminist breathing collages as examples of creating visual sacred space for our work in the context of our literary ancestors

*and created Mojuba prayers to honor the lineage of their own creativity as black queer literary geniuses which they are now using to create sacred space every time they write.

We closed the workshop with a ritual group poem based on the concept of YABO-the unbreakable thread, binding our intergenerational circle with intention laughter and affirmation.  After you read a line that resonates with you, you can shout YABO! like we did to affirm the unbreakable thread and if you are anything like our interconnected group of queer black geniuses at the end you will laugh and rejoice.

The Unbreakable Thread (YABO)

spoken by the participants in the Queer Blood Relations Workshop at Fire and Ink 2015 in Detroit, MI

I bind myself to you with joy and revelation.


I bind myself to you with the truth of who we are: divine one.


I bind myself to you with the spirit and energy of freedom.


I bind myself to you with purity and with wisdom.


I bind myself to you with the magic of wildness and the sweetness of nature.


I bind myself to you with the magic of who were, who we are and who we will be.


I bind myself to you with electric positivity and reverence.


I bind myself to you with spirit, energy, freedom and love.


I bind myself to you with the power of our history and the potential of our future.

I bind myself to you with the unbroken thread of love.


I bind myself to you with patience and dance.


I bind myself to you with healing and love as we build in afrofuturism.


I bind myself to you with dignity and respect.


I bind myself to you with fearlessness and confidence.


I bind myself to you with determination and legacy.


I bind myself to you with the roots of all the hairs that we’ve ever had.


I bind myself to you with the miracle that is playfulness and laughter.


I bind myself to you with unbound creativity.


I bind myself to you with the hope for liberation.


I bind myself to you with an erotic life and the joy that having an erotic life brings to us.



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Who’s Going to Sing a Black Girl’s Song: A Conversation on Black Girlhood

WGSBS“Who’s going to sing a black girl’s song?”: A Conversation on Black Girlhood

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Featuring Asali Solomon ’95 and Alexis Pauline Gumbs ’04
6:30 PM

Distinguished Barnard alumnae Asali Solomon and Alexis Pauline Gumbs read from their novels, stories, and poems as prelude to a discussion about the pleasures and dangers of black girlhood. Asali Solomon is the author of the recently published, critically acclaimed

In 2007, Asali Solomon was named one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35." Her previous book, Get Down, is a collection of short stories. She teaches English literature and creative writing at Haverford College.

In 2007, Asali Solomon was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” Her previous book, Get Down, is a collection of short stories. She teaches English literature and creative writing at Haverford College.

novel Disgruntled—a comingof-age story centering on Kenya, a daughter of black nationalists who finds herself navigating both radical politics and elite white educational institutions on her way to adulthood—and Get Down!, a collection of short stories. Alexis Gumbs, queer black troublemaker, black feminist love evangelist, time traveller and space cadet, is a poet, independent scholar, and activist. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines and the author of a forthcoming work of narrative black feminist theory called Spill. She is the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind intergalactic community school, and was recently named one of “6 Scholars Currently Reimaging Black Politics” by The Nation.



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Dreambook Oracles: A Workshop for People of Color on Dreams, Poetry and the Deep Dark Future

APGDreambook Oracles: A Workshop for People of Color on Dreams, Poetry and the Deep Dark Future!
2pm-4:30 pm on Saturday, November 7th
Libre Wellness Collective

2642 Banks St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

This workshop is for people of color and it is about our sleeping dreams as resources for the evolution of the species and the transformation of our collective relationship with the planet.    This workshop is about our beautiful unstoppable existence as the nightmare of capitalism and the fantastic victory of our ancestors.   We will be working with dreams as survival technology and evolutionary oracles together and individually using poetry, interactive engagement and the darkest parts of our love.

We will be using Alexis’s poetic dream memoir After Brightest Star to prompt, ground and excite us during the workshop.  It is not necessary to read the memoir in advance, but if you want a digital copy when you register choose that ticket option.

Space is limited.  Get your ticket here.  (To attend this workshop individually, the cost is $10-15 sliding scale.):


Under any circumstances should people who do not self-identify as people of color attend this event?


Is it possible to pay for the workshop the day of?

Yes. If there are spots remaining, you can pay in advance (non-refundable) or in cash at the workshop.

Is it possible to get a digital copy of After Brightest Star at the event?



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Create the World Anew: Science Fiction and Direct Action Training

“Create the World Anew”:  Science Fiction Direct Action Training
3pm-6pm Ella Baker Conference Room, American Tobacco Campus 

American Tobacco Campus

318 Blackwell St, Durham, North Carolina 27701
What kind of direct action would you create if you were in the world of Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Harry Potter?
On Election Day in Durham we will continue the visionary action of doing what Grace Lee Boggs called “creating the world anew” in the Ella Baker room at American Tobacco.   Please join Adrienne Brown (co-editor of Octavia’s Brood and former director of the Ruckus Project), Alexis Pauline Gumbs (contributor to Octavia’s Brood and founder of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind) and the SpiritHouse family for a 3 hour training in direct action strategies based on our wildest dreams.  We know that for Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer and many others our participation in elections was visionary fiction that they helped achieve through brave direct actions.  We also know that we have quite a ways to go to fulfill their vision of justice.  Drawing on the work of Octavia’s Brood and our own nerd-obsessions, we will draw on the sci-fi and fantasy worlds that inspire us and work together to glean insights for how we can create lasting change here in Durham.
Sponsored by Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories by Social Justice Activists,  SpiritHouse and Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind
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#14 For Your Consideration: After Brightest Star

#14 For Your Consideration (After Brightest Star) from Alexis Pauline Gumbs on Vimeo.

“To get along with God, consider the consequences of your actions.” -Octavia Butler

What if all of our actions and inactions are acts of God? Does that mean we are Gods in each others’ lives since we touch and change each other on a moment to moment basis? What kind of God have you been in your community? What kind of God have you been to your family and loved ones today? What kinds of Gods have you encountered all around you? Please do share your thoughts in the comments. And of course we would love it if you would get some beautiful art, a consultation or the full collection of these poems with your donation to Dark Sciences: A People of Color Dream Retreat!

We are super excited about our newest cosponsor Echoing Ida!!!!


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