Back to School Blessings from School of Our Lorde

22 08 2013

Back to School Black Feminist Oracle Blessings Fundraiser!

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Hey loved ones!  I am so excited to be creating a whole new School of Our Lorde curriculum and distance learning platform with fancy audio visual treats and surprises this school year.   It’s a surprise, but you are going to LOVE it and it is going to make the indepth (aka obsessive) research that I’ve done on Audre Lorde’s life and work and the work I’ve been doing around the country with specific geographic communities available to this worldwide community of Audre Lorde loving folks.   Yippee!!!!

So this back to school season I am hosting a virtual fundraiser to jumpstart our new School of Our Lorde Distance Learning Offerings!

Which means donate and you can get these gorgeous back to school blessings (drawing on Audre Lorde’s syllabi, speeches and poems about teaching) for you or a loved one!!!!

Screen shot 2013-08-22 at 1.01.44 AM$10-20 one time donation:

A Black Feminist Oracle Poem (aka alphabetical found poem from within one of Audre Lorde’s poems about school/teaching) sent directly to your inbox!

(Just include the intention you want blessed and a letter of the alphabet so I can distill your poem!)

Photo 128$30-100 (or a monthly sustainer rate of $5-15):

A 30-minute one on one Oracle Reading Session with an interpretation of your Black Feminist Oracle Poem.

(16 available)

$150-300 (or a monthly sustainer rate of $20-25):

An IN PERSON one on one Oracle Reading Session with an interpretation of your Black Feminist Oracle Poem when I am in your neck of the woods.

  • 4 available in Durham in September and October
  • 2 available in Atlanta Oct. 24-28
  • 2 Available in Cincinnati Nov. 7-11
  • 2 Available in LA  Sept. 15-16


IMG_2943$1000-2000 (or $100+ sustainer rate):

A customized Audre Lorde based workshop for you and your crew including an installation of a Black Feminist Oracle activity for all participants when I am in your neck of the woods.

  • 2 available in Durham in September and October
  • 1 available in Atlanta Oct. 24-28
  • 1 Available in Cincinnati Nov. 7-11
  • 1 Available in LA  Sept. 15-16





The Sistorian Webinar: Wednesdays in September at 7pm ET!

21 08 2013

The Sistorian Webinar (co-facilitated by Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Elle Gray)  from Brilliance Remastered

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As Toni Cade Bambara taught, sister is a verb!  This webinar explores sistering as an intellectual practice and standard for engagement in an intellectual marketplace that encourages competition, tokenization and shade.   Join sister-comrades Elle and Lex  on Wednesday evenings this September as they draw on texts by black feminist historians, lead discussions on sistering as an intellectual practice and live online interviews with black feminist historian sheroes!  

Course fee: $200

The course is limited to 8 participants on a first come first-serve basis!

To sign up email brillianceremastered@gmail.com and let us know

1. Who you are and

2.  What you hope to get out of the course…

And send your deposit of $50 via paypal

Elle and Lex have collaborated on a number of projects and are co-authors of the companion curriculum for SPEAK! a CD featuring a collective of radical women of color writers.  We are excited to invite you to participate in our newest collaboration…the Sistorian Webinar!!!

(you can sample the CD here by the way: http://sfonline.barnard.edu/polyphonic/gallery/speak.htm)

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Laguana “Elle” Gray is an assistant professor of history at UTSA.  She received a B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Houston and an M.A. from Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Gray teaches courses on recent American history, African American history, women’s history, and race. She plans also to teach courses in labor history. Her current research areas include the (U.S.) South, black women’s history, labor history, and black-brown relations. Her research interests lie in centering the roles women of color play in social movements, social policy, feminism, and creating alternative media. She is working to publish a book that chronicles the history of the lives and labors of black women in the southern poultry processing industry.

agumbs120x160Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist, a prayer poet priestess and has a PhD in English, African and African-American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies from Duke University.  Alexis was the first scholar to research the Audre Lorde Papers at Spelman College, the June Jordan Papers at Harvard University, and the Lucille Clifton Papers at Emory University, and she is currently on tour with her interactive oracle project “The Lorde Concordance,” a series of ritual mobilizing the life and work of Audre Lorde as a dynamic sacred text. Alexis has also published widely on Caribbean Women’s Literature with a special interest in Dionne Brand. Her scholarly work is published in Obsidian, Symbiosis, Macomere, The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Literature, SIGNS, Feminist Collections, The Black Imagination, Mothering and Hip Hop Culture, The Business of Black Power and moreAlexis is the author of an acclaimed collection of poems 101 Things That Are Not True About the Most Famous Black Women Alive and poetic work published in KweliVinyl, Backbone, Everyday Genius, Turning Wheel, UNFold, Makeshift and more. She has several books in progress including a book of poems, Good Hair Gone Forever, a scholarly monograph on diaspora and the maternal, and an educational resource called the School of Our Lorde. She is also the co-editor of a forthcoming edited collection on legacies of radical mothering called This Bridge Called My Baby.