Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer Caribbean poet, independent scholar, and activist. She is the author of Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals (AK Press, 2020), coeditor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines (PM Press, 2016), and author of a triptych of experimental works published by Duke University Press: Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity (2016), M Archive: After the End of the World (2018), and Dub: Finding Ceremony (2020).

Gumbs’ poetry and fiction have been included in Best American Experimental Writing, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and received honors from the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize and the Firefly Ridge Women of Color Award. She is currently Creative Writing Editor at Feminist Studies and in residence as a National Humanities Center Fellow, where she is working on The Eternal Life of Audre Lorde: Biography as Ceremony (forthcoming, Farrar, Straus and Giroux). She is the Founder and Director of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind, an educational program based in Durham, North Carolina, where she lives.