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Breathing Underwater: An Evening With Alexis Pauline Gumbs

  • Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute 104 17th Avenue South Seattle, WA, 98144 United States (map)

"Looking for a grounded voice during a chaotic time in the US? Join an author talk with Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs that includes a sneak peek of her new book Dub: Finding Ceremony and her groundbreaking book M Archive. These two books and Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity make up a groundbreaking trilogy. M Archive documents Black life at the end of the world—melding a critique of late capitalism, anti-Blackness, and environmental crisis all at once. In Dub, Gumbs channels the voices of her ancestors, including whales, coral, and oceanic bacteria to tell stories of Diaspora, Indigeneity, migration, Blackness, genius, mothering, grief, and harm.

Gumbs often traces the brilliance and wisdom of Black feminist practice, while taking on the origins of colonialism, genocide, and slavery. Through her writing, she reminds us that oppression can be challenged, and that it is possible to make ourselves and our planet anew. " (Prromo Copy)