Anger is Useful!: New Podcast and Introducing the Little Black (Feminist) Book Series!

26 01 2010

Who’s afraid of the Angry Black Woman? Well BE AFRAID because Angry Black Women are speaking our minds and transforming the world in the service of our vision.  Oppression beware the well-directed rage of Black feminism!

This week for your listening and reading pleasure we have the ANGRY BLACK WOMAN edition of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Podcast Series!  As always, we start with the brilliance of our ancestors…meditating on the poetic of rage in June Jordan’s angry letters to racist editors and including reflections from Nia Wilson, Mai’a Williams, Moya Bailey, Daria Bannerman and the young visionaries at New Horizon’s Alternative School…plus as always music that rocks (including a track from the genuis Jon Anonymous project by Durham’s own Shirlette Ammons!)

And while you’re at it…download or subscribe to the podcasts on itunes (search “brokenbeautiful press” in podcasts and we’ll be all up in your eardrum!)

And just because my anger about racism, and sexism and gendered violence is based in my deep deep love for YOU and the world we deserve…BrokenBeautiful Press is happy to present The Little Black (Feminist) Book Series Volume 1: RAGE.  Including that essay on June Jordan’s Angry Letters and 4 other classic angry blogposts from the thatlittleblackbook.blogspot.com.    It’s pocket-sized in case you need to hand it to someone who clearly doesn’t get it.  Get one on deck with a donation of 15 bucks or more all proceeds go to the Community Sustained Educational programming from Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind!

Be sure to note that you want the RAGE book and be sure to include your correct mailing address. (Or just holler at me if you have the divine insight to live in Durham.)  There are only 20 so get yours soon :)





Apply for the School of Our Lorde Poetics Unit by Jan. 25th: Available in Durham and the Diaspora

5 01 2010

The School of Our Lorde is comprised of 4 units of Thursday evening sessions that allow participants to deeply engage and build on the work of Audre Lorde as transmitted through the committed (obsessive) research of Alexis Pauline Gumbs on the poetics, teaching practices, political implications and publishing interventions of Audre Lorde’s work (and to enjoy delicious local desserts together) on Thursday evenings.  Participants will also get coursepacks with some exclusive and unpublished materials on/by Lorde.  Participants can choose to participate in one 3 week semester or the entire 4 month process.   Engaging, interactive poetic childcare will be provided at every session with amazing activities imagined with and implemented by Beth Bruch!!!! No one who completes an application and can attend will be turned away.

February 2010: Poetics  ****Applications Due January 25th 2010****

Poetics: Audre Lorde is best known as a warrior poet.  In February, School of Our Lorde participants will get a change to deeply engage Lorde’s poetry (with the benefit of Lex’s archival research on her revisions) and write their own poetry.  We will meet over dessert on Thursday February 4th, 11th and 18th (Audre’s b-day!!!!) and the poets will perform their own new or transformed work at a community reading on Saturday February 20th.

Apply for the poetics course here:  School of Our Lorde Poetics Application (pdf version)

School of Our Lorde Poetics Application

email applications to brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com or drop them off at the Inspiration Station (email for directions)

Distance Learning

For those of you who are not lucky enough to live in Durham, NC right now…don’t worry.  Audre Lorde and I both believe in long-distance love.

You can participate in the School of Our Lorde long-distance in  3 ways:

Host Your Own Satellite Campus!:

Why not have School of Our Lorde at your organization or in YOUR living room!? If you can gather 5 or more people to participate in any unit you can get a course packet with the course readings and worksheets to guide you through each session.  You can also participate (along with other satellite campuses) in a monthly interactive BrightTalk session and office hours on LiveStream.

Our vision is that each Satellite Campus will be able to make a sliding scale contribution of $75-200 per unit. No group will be turned away.

To become a host, email brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com with what session you’d like to host and your vision!

Independent Study:

Let us know how the School of Our Lorde poetics, pedagogy, politics of publishing process can support something you are working on with/for your community.  You will get a course packet and worksheets.   You can also participate (along with other satellite campuses) in a monthly interactive BrightTalk session and office hours on LiveStream.

Fill out the application for the appropriate unit here: http://summerofourlorde.wordpress.com/registration/

and get 7 people to financially support your participation.  Our hope is that each independent student will raise between $50-150 to contribute to the School of Our Lorde.  No one will be turned away!

Lorde as Our Witness:

You can participate in the School of our Lorde through this blog.  There will be weekly video blog updates and reflections from the local participants and you can always post comments and questions here and I’ll respond.  Feel free to spread the good news in your community so one day you can host a School of Our Lorde institute where you live!








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