Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

Spilling Spill: Chapter 1- How She Knew

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978-0-8223-6272-2_pr“These moments of knowing may or may not lead to liberating or destructive actions…”

It’s about 8 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.  Spill is not an easy book to describe, so I saw creating the meta-data, 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 Chapter 1:  How She Knew

Chapter 1: How She Knew

This chapter presents scenes of black women’s intimate knowing in the context of… altar offerings, cooking, baking, bathtubs and ultrasound photos. The scenes themselves take place in the haunting or helpful presence of literary figures including Achilles, Sethe, Maud Martha, and Alice (in Wonderland), which means that the series of revelations here draw on the archive of work by Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lewis Carroll, Homer and many more. These moments of knowing may or may not lead to liberating or destructive actions. Their content would be relevant to people interested in birth justice, diasporic and new world religions, divination, black cuisine, self-care, biblical apocalypses and/or black women.


Audre Lorde

birth justice


Toni Morrison

Gwendolyn Brooks


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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