Self Portrait as Hurricane: Audre Lorde and Impermanence

Dr Alexis Pauline Gumbs draws on her research for her forthcoming biography The Eternal Life of Audre Lorde to share about Lorde’s philosophy of the storm connections between West Africa and the Caribbean archipelago. Lorde, identifying as a daughter of the Yoruba goddess Oya, survived Hurricane Hugo in St Croix in 1989. This talk offers meditations on Lorde’s photographs of the damage Hugo caused in St Croix as a reflective surface for our oceanic theories of change.

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a Queer Black Feminist Love Evangelist and an aspirational cousin to all life. She is/they are the author of several books, most recently Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals (2020) and the co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming Trust, an intergenerational experiential living library of Black LBGTQ brilliance.