I am the cybernetic dream of a one room black reconstruction schoolteacher. Paid in eggs, sweet potatoes and healing tea. Beloved because she nurtured the possibility of a future where her people could do all those things they were taught they could never do. Read. Write. Think critically. Love themselves. Change the whole world.
Newly minted PhD, Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs is on the itinerant professor tip, reaching out to a wide range of teaching settings and operating from her beloved home base of Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Lex could provide a great weekend training, week-long series, special mini-course for your students, members or city based on her 13 years of experience designing and facilitating community-based workshop, experience teaching in high-school and college classrooms, and intimate relationship with the literature and life-making of her fellow Black Feminists, Prison Abolitonists, Survivors of Gendered violence and warriors for Economic and Racial Justice and Queer Liberation!
If you have the blessing of being located within 2 hours of Durham, NC we can arrange a long-term affair. For those further outside of the radius email email@example.com to orchestrate a passionate and productive fling :)
Residencies: (priority given to institutions and organizations in the SouthEast)
To ask about longer term engagements outside of North Carolina email firstname.lastname@example.org
more info - residencies
Most workshops are available either as a one time session, a day-long intensive or a series within the NC Triangle or Triad areas. Get in touch about what works best for your community. Below is an overview of workshops that I have facilitated many times before. I can also design workshops specifically for your needs.more info
To get more info or ask about customized workshops email: email@example.com
(each workshop will result in a publication/poem/major accomplishment for participants to keep and for the sponsor to be proud of!):
Colleges and Universities- $1500-2500 ($4500 for a series)
Community Center/Non-profit- $500-700 (discounts for smaller or rural orgs, talk to me) ($850-1000 for a series)
Living Rooms/Kitchen Tables- $100 or gather your people, pass the hat and have some yummy food on hand and I'm there!!! (maybe I was a travelling black feminist preacher in a past life…)
All suggested prices are really suggested. Get in touch. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We can work something out.
Alexis is available to speak on a variety of topics and has tons of experiences speaking to audiences at elementary schools, college campuses, community centers, rallies, conferences and workshops.
Click on the links for examples of public talks she has given in the past. She might particularly be a great person to complement your community or campus programming during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Love Your Body Week, Celebration of Black Womanhood Week, Black Heritage Month, Women's History Month, National Coming Out Day, Mother's Day or throw tokenism to the wind and bring Alexis to speak and make any old day of the year a day filled with hope and magic!
email email@example.com for Lex's academic CV
Colleges and University -$3000 for lecture or poetic performance ($4000 for a lecture or poetic performance, Q&A and an additional classroom visit)
Conference Keynote - $1000-1500
Community Center/Non-profit - $500-700 for lecture ($700-1000 for lecture and workshop)
Autonomous Community Spaces (independent bookstores, churches etc.) - $100-300 for lecture(with the possibility of just passing the hat if we can also have publications for sale)
Movement & Publishing
Pressed for Knowledge
Grassroots Literary Production
The Activist Impulse
(These workshops are grounded in Alexis's years of black feminist research and spiritual practice and are ideal for a community organization, school, department or group of people interested in how the theory, practice, poetry and lessons of black feminist practice apply to their present conditions)
Letters to Audre
Letters to June
Litany for Survival:
The Poetics of Community Building
In Your Hands: The Depth of Legacymore info
Sustainability & Vision
(these workshops are designed to keep community members, community organizers, students and teachers ALIVE AND WELL with full access to their love for themselves, each other and their inspired purpose!)Sustainability
Habit Forming Love
Sustainability for Organizers and Activists
(These workshops are ideal for a community organization/project/coalition at a stage of inception or renewal.)
Dig: Grounding Community Transformation in Local Resources
Wishful Thinking: Vision and Actualizationmore info
PAST RETREATS, RESIDENCIES & WORKSHOPS
Mother Ourselves Bootcamp
designed for women and genderqueer people of color to learn how to motherourselves rigourously based on
Audre Lorde's definition of MotheringOurselves. Complete with guided meditation, exploration stations, writing
exercises and conversation about how to release harmful ideas of mothering within oppression and to activate
empowering ideas of mothering for liberation. (Friday evening, all day Saturday, Sunday morning) here is some
info from the pilot bootcamp here in Durham:
Rainbow Reclamations Redux Residency
3-4 days (based on the Rainbow Reclamations ritual series based on Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls) By popular demand and with infinite love Alexis designed a seven month process called Rainbowed Reclamation, a colorful women and genderqueer people of color juicy poetry and food-filled space of sacred discussions that reclaim our bodies, collectivize our spiritual energy and the brilliant choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. See an example here: http://brokenbeautiful.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/rainbow-reclamations-red-keep-your-sorrybreak-up-poetics/
Thicker Than Whatever: Unstoppable Mother-Daughter Relationships
(all day workshop for mothers and daughters that I co-facilitate with my mom, therapist and doula
Pauline McKenzie Day!) See more info on the inaugural workshop here: http://brokenbeautiful.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/thicker-than-whatever-unstoppable-motherdaughter-bonds/
and the outcomes here:
June Jordan Survival School:
An interactive weekend for families based on the children's books and essays of June Jordan.
Lucille Clifton ShapeShifter Survival School:
a Friday night poetry intensive for parents and a weekend of family activities designed to end cycles of child sexual and physical abuse.
Juneteenth Freedom Academy Residency
(based on the work of June Jordan)
3-5 day versions of one of the Juneteenth units (love poems, palestine, anger, rituals for transformative presence for educators)
** find out more about the Juneteenth Freedom Academy here: http://blackfeministmind.wordpress.com/juneteenth-freedom-academy/
School of Our Lorde Residency (3-7 days)
(based on the work of Audre Lorde)
3-5 day versions of one of the School of Our Lorde Units (poetics, publishing, pedagogy or politics)
or a 7-10 day intensive with all 4 units included
** find out more about the School of Our Lorde here: http://summerofourlorde.wordpress.com/
Alexis is available to speak on a variety of topics and has tons of experiences speaking to audiences at elementary schools, college campuses, community centers, rallies, conferences and workshops. Click on the links for examples of public talks she has given in the past. She might particularly be a great person to complement your community or campus programming during:
Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Love , Celebration of Black Womanhood Week, Black Heritage Month, Women's History Month, National Coming Out Day, Mother's Day or throw tokenism to the wind and bring Alexis to speak and make any old day of the year a day filled with hope and magic!
email firstname.lastname@example.org for Lex's academic CV
Get in touch to find out about sponsorship and other forms of support.