Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

Spilling Spill: Chapter 4-How She Survived Until Then

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“…and/or the impossible and enduring presence of black women and girls.”

978-0-8223-6272-2_prIt is about one month until my book Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity comes out.  I am so excited! I can’t wait.  So I’m NOT waiting.  I am spilling it now!  You can read the whole first chapter here:


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.  I am sharing the abstracts one chapter at a time here on my blog.  If you haven’t seen the posts over the past few weeks, here they are:

Spill:  The Abstract

Chapter: 1: How She Knew

Chapter 2: How She Spelled It

Chapter 3: How She Left

Chapter 4: How She Survived Until Then offers theories of how Black girls and women have continued to exist in violent and repressive contexts including domestic abuse, verbal abuse, the Atlanta Child Murders, depression, infertility, colorism, prison, a capitalist educational system, kidnapping, private school, public school, charter schools and iron deficiency.   This survival draws on the technologies of eating dirt, permaculture, gardening, birth control, abortion, capoeira and other forms of resilience. The survival in this chapter is in conversation with Ntozake Shange’s Betsey Brown, Toni Cade Bambara’s Those Bones are not My Child, Tayari Jones’s Leaving Atlanta and Aimee Cox’s Shapeshifters. The survival that happens here should be interesting to people who care about education, mass incarceration, masculinity, rape culture, the disposability of black women, depression, human trafficking, profanity and/or the impossible and enduring presence of black women and girls.


Atlanta Child Murders

black girls

Toni Cade Bambara




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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