Girls Gone Real: Uncaged Legacy

29 10 2010

Girls in middle school, high school and college got together at the Spark Summit and created this zine in 45 minutes!!!!  Cherish and share their brilliance and creativity, especially with their target audience of teenage girls and the people who impact their lives.

Download it here:

Girls Gone Real: Uncaged Legacy



Keeping it Hot! Little Black Feminist Book Series Vol. 2 (FIRE)

27 10 2010

Eternal Summer means keeping it hot…This beautiful black booklet joins the legacy of Harlem Renaissance firebrands and the brilliant youth of SPARK reproductive justice (see It includes lust poems and polemics to/for/about black queer community and an essay on FLAMBOYANCE dedicated to Alexis DeVeaux and Gwendolyn Hardwick of the Flamboyant Ladies!

I know you want your very own! So paypal 15 bucks to and include your current address. Thanks for keeping the Eternal Summer ETERNAL!




p.s. oh and there’s a matching podcast!

Signs: Lucille Clifton Broadcast #18

26 10 2010

See signs. Prophecy poems.
Lex for Lucille​survival-school

Eternal Summer Potluck: Healing, Wisdom and Medicine

23 10 2010

6:30 pm Monday Nov. 1

Inspiration Station (email for directions)


Join us to hear a report back from the WISE WOMEN from our community who went and gathered wisdom about healing and natural medicine at the SouthEast Woman’s Healing Conference and participate in a discussion about a new library of medicinal wisdom and medicinal herb garden and other ways of sustaining and sharing well-being in our community! Please bring many ideas, loved ones and food.


lex and kifu


Making Family: The Poetics of Caring for Each Other Across Generations

23 10 2010

7:00 pm  Friday October 29th

Infinity Diamond Life Empowerment Center

1921 North Pointe Drive
Durham, NC

The MobileHomeComing Project, Infinity Diamond Club and the AARP present an interactive poetic evening where we can talk about how to become family by taking care of each other across, age, ability, illness and transition especially for the Black Same Gender Loving, Queer, Lesbian and Trans community.

How do we take tangible responsibility for our elders and chosen family when it comes to the specific logistics of their care and personal documents?

How do we learn to reach out and ask for help from the family we are creating, in partnership with or instead of our families of origin?

How do we start the difficult conversation of “if something were to happen to me/you” without getting shut down by fear?

We believe that this is a crucial conversation for all of us, because we are all interdependent and at any time might need to step up for each other as caretakers, and might need to reach out for care.

Participate with us in an evening of love letters, role playing, visioning and dreaming.

Much love,
Alexis, Julia, Annie, Priscilla and Mandy


Thicker Than Whatever: Unstoppable Mother/Daughter Relationships

21 10 2010

Reserve your spot today!!!

Saturday, January 15th 10am to 4:30pm at MotherHouse

(1237 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, SW – Atlanta, 30310)

*MotherHouse is a wheelchair accessible space with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.

Come spend a day with mother daughter facilitation team Pauline McKenzie-Day and Alexis Pauline Gumbs to recharge, remember or relearn how to create mother/daughter relationships that are affirming, inspiring and unstoppable in the face of homophobia, internalized oppression, cycles of violence and everything else that challenges our deep desire to love each other right!  This will be a queer-affirming space full of love, healing, listening and support.

Continental breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided. Please bring an object that is sacred to you in the context of your relationship with you mother/daughter.

The ideal contribution for the workshop is $40 per person or $75 family. You/your family will have a chance to communicate your intended contribution when you register.  No one will be turned away or looked at askance due to cost (and no one will be discouraged from contributing more!!  And family is self-defined.  We really want you to participate!!!!

Please have each participant fill out the information below and email it to so we can sure to be true to your vision throughout the day.

(downloadable version of the registration form: register here!)


Phone # and Email:

1.  What is your vision for your relationship with your mother/daughter?

2.  What is a major or consistent challenge in your relationship

with your mother/daughter?

Names of family members that plan to attend (if any):

Food preferences:________________________________________________

Any needs? (i.e. childcare, disability access requests?)

Contribution that you plan to make as an individual or family

$ _______

Reserve your spot by pre-registering!! Send your contribution to via with the note “mother/daughter workshop”