Join us for the book launch celebration for Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women by E. Patrick Johnson. For this event, E. Patrick Johnson will be in conversation with Imani Rupert-Gordon, Executive Director of Affinity Services. RSVP for this free event HERE. Registration is encouraged but not required.
E. Patrick Johnson's Honeypot opens with the fictional trickster character Miss B. barging into the home of Dr. EPJ, informing him that he has been chosen to collect and share the stories of her people. With little explanation, she whisks the reluctant Dr. EPJ away to the women-only world of Hymen, where she serves as his tour guide as he bears witness to the real-life stories of queer Black women throughout the American South. The women he meets come from all walks of life and recount their experiences on topics ranging from coming out and falling in love to mother/daughter relationships, religion, and political activism. As Dr. EPJ hears these stories, he must grapple with his privilege as a man and as an academic, and in the process he gains insights into patriarchy, class, sex, gender, and the challenges these women face. Combining oral history with magical realism and poetry, Honeypot is an engaging and moving book that reveals the complexity of identity while offering a creative method for scholarship to represent the lives of other people in a rich and dynamic way.
E. Patrick Johnson is Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University and the author and editor of several books, most recently No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Theory, also published by Duke University Press. Alexis Pauline Gumbs is Visiting Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota and author of M Archive and Spill, both also published by Duke University Press.
Imani Rupert-Gordon is the Executive Director of Affinity Community Services. Affinity is a social justice organization that works to support and provide resources for all people, with a particular emphasis on LGBTQ women of color. In addition, Imani serves on both the governing board of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s United Pride Executive committee, and the Illinois State Treasurer’s LGBT Advisory Council.