Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

Spilling Spill: The Abstract

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978-0-8223-6272-2_pr“…an unstoppable flow.”

It is less than ten weeks until the release of my book Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and I am so excited to share it with you! As the website says:

“In Spill, self-described queer Black troublemaker and Black feminist love evangelist, Alexis Pauline Gumbs presents a commanding collection of scenes depicting fugitive Black women and girls seeking freedom from gendered violence and racism. In this poetic work inspired by Hortense Spillers, Gumbs offers an alternative approach to Black feminist literary criticism, historiography, and the interactive practice of relating to the words of Black feminist thinkers. Gumbs not only speaks to the spiritual, bodily, and otherworldly experience of Black women, but also allows readers to imagine new possibilities for poetry as a portal for understanding and deepening feminist theory.”

I have decided to share the chapter abstracts with you one at a time over the next few weeks, but for now here is the abstract for the book as a whole.  Spill is not an easy book to describe, so I saw creating the meta-data, aka the abstracts and keywords that online databases and libraries use to search for books, as its own poetic exercise.  Here are the abstract and keywords for the book as a whole:

Abstract: “This book is an experimental site consisting of fugitive scenes where black women seek freedom or scenes the depict worlds in which black women need and want and seek multiple forms of freedom.   Readers encounter a plethora of characters and situations that ask for embodiment, witness and exploration of the gendered problem and possibility of black freedom. The entire time, the multiple definitions of the word “spill” remind us of the overflowing impact of language as an excess of representation, an unstoppable flow.”


Hortense Spillers

Black women

Black girls

Black feminism



You can pre-order Spill here.

Educators…order a desk copy or exam copy of Spill for a course you are teaching here.

If you are interested in writing about Spill or interviewing me about it please contact Laura Sells at Duke University Press—–

If you are interested in hosting an event contact Chad Royal at Duke University Press—


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