Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology

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Barbara Smith
Rutgers University Press, 1983 - Literary Collections - 364 pages
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A classic collection of Black feminist writings returns to print-with a new preface Barbara Smith was voted one of the most influential Black women in the U.S. by Essence Magazine! Praise for Home Girls: "The survival of these women and their joy makes Home Girls very satisfying."-Essence "A provocative and important new collection."-Ms. "Pungent and varied, full of questions, convictions, and insights."-The Nation "It is fitting that Home Girls also reflects and celebrates the difference, among the [thirty-three] Black feminist writers, critics, and theorists assembled from the United States and the Caribbean, among Black women of all colors, classes, and cultures. More importantly, it reflects and celebrates our connections."-The Women's Review of Books The pioneering anthology Home Girls features writings by Black feminist and lesbian activists on topics both provocative and profound. Since its initial publication in 1983, it has become an essential text on Black women's lives and writings. This edition features an updated list of contributor biographies and an all-new preface that provides a fresh assessment of how Black women's lives have changed-or not-since the book was first published. Contributors are Tania Abdulahad, Donna Allegra, Barbara A. Banks, Becky Birtha, Julie Carter, Cenen, Cheryl Clarke, Michelle Cliff, Michelle T. Clinton, Willie M. Coleman, Toi Derricotte, Alexis De Veaux, Jewelle L. Gomez, Akasha (Gloria) Hull, Patricia Jones, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Raymina Y. Mays, Deidre McCalla, Chirlane McCray, Pat Parker, Linda C. Powell, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Spring Redd, Gwendolyn Rogers, Kate Rushin, Ann Allen Shockley, Barbara Smith, Beverly Smith, Shirley O. Steele, Luisah Teish, Jameelah Waheed, Alice Walker, and Renita Weems. Barbara Smith is an independent scholar and was co-founder and publisher of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. She has been writer in residence and taught at numerous colleges and universities for over twenty-five years. The author of many books, articles, and essays, her most recent is The Truth That Never Hurts (also by Rutgers University Press).
  

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One of the classics of Black Feminist thought. Very helpful in thinking about how to integrate our fights against racism, sexism and homophobia -- many essays are from women whose lives are at the intersection of all three. Read full review

Contents

Preface to the Rutgers University Press Edition
xiii
Acknowledgments
xix
Homophobia in
xlvii
Poem
lix
The Damned
6
Debra
13
A Conversation
31
Something Latino Was Up With Us
52
Tar Beach
145
Dress and Soar Again
159
Maria de las Rosas
170
Where Will You Be?
202
Among the Things That Use to Be
213
Women of Summer
222
Last Letter from a Typical
247
Billy de Lye
262

The Black BackUps
60
The Buried Life and Poetry
73
Artists Without Art Form
94
Ive Been Thinking of Diana Sands
106
A Reading
124
Black Macho and Black Feminism
275
A Conversation
285
For Strong Women
312
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About the author (1983)

Barbara Smith lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She writes fulltime and has been published in New Trail, Today's Parent, Canadian Emergency News, Western People and Teaching Today, among other publications.

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