Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women


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Duke University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.8 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

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.


"At times devastating and always gripping, Honeypot is an innovative and educational glimpse into the lives of black Southern LGBTQ+ women."--Eileen Gonzalez"Foreword Reviews" (11/01/2019)
"In this critically singular work E. Patrick Johnson excavates heretofore unexplored stories of contemporary southern black women whose narratives of loving other women subvert their erasure in queer histories of LGBTQ communities. Gesturing toward black storytelling traditions within which both myth and fact shape the story, Johnson values and gives value to black women's understandings of themselves and the transformative power of self-initiated freedoms. I've never read an oral history as powerful as Honeypot."--Alexis De Veaux, author of "Yabo "
"E. Patrick Johnson delivers again. We make a corner turn from his book of delicious tea leaves and find ourselves submerged in the long-legged pages of sweet woman truth. The stories are of southern women loving themselves and other women too. Here are memories and moments shaping a new tradition of resilience and rosewater."--Nikky Finney, author of "Head Off & Split "
"Like Virgil guiding Dante, cigarette-smoking Miss B., a trickster and shape-shifter, guides E. Patrick Johnson (Dr. EPJ) through the magical 'beehive' of 'Hymen' (indeed), where most of the action of this time-traveling oral epic unfolds. Miss B.--a cross between Pearl Bailey and Nipsey Russell--admonishes Dr. EPJ and the reader to 'pull your shit tight or this is going to be a very long journey.' There is so much telling in this book and so much pride."--Cheryl Clarke, author of "Living as a Lesbian "
"E. Patrick Johnson's Honeypot simmers with delight and insight as black lesbian women share their stories of triumph and horror. Never before have I encountered space ruled by these voices, and never before have they been invited to bare it all unashamedly. It's about time!"--Daniel Black, author of "Perfect Peace "