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Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is cherished by a wide range of communities as an oracle and a vessel of love. Drawing on more than twenty-five years of experience as a writer and facilitator, her inclusive practice finds us and brings us into the ceremonies we have always needed. Her books include Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals (AK Press, 2020), Dub: Finding Ceremony (Duke University Press, 2020), M Archive: After the End of the World (Duke University Press, 2018), Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity (Duke University Press, 2016) and Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines (PM Press, 2016). Gumbs recently won the 2023 Windham-Campbell Prize in poetry. She was honored with a Whiting Award in nonfiction in 2022 and lauded for creating “modern fables that offer new methods of feeling.” She was also a 2022 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow. In 2020–21 she was awarded a National Humanities Center Fellowship to work on her forthcoming biography, The Eternal Life of Audre Lorde (Farrar Strauss, and Giroux, 2024). Gumbs lives in Durham, North Carolina, where she nurtures and is nurtured by a visionary creative community while scheming toward her dream of being your favorite cousin.

Fall 2023

strong jaw

By Alexis Pauline Gumbs

The Kenyon Review · “Strong Jaw” by Alexis Pauline Gumbs once upon a time there was a strong jawed daughter. jaw so strong they called her nephew. and no. the […]