School Of Our Lorde

Workshops and Online Learning


The Lorde Concordance: A Traveling Resurrection of Audre (Our) Lorde

a traveling interactive one woman show/mobile community ritual that is currently touring the hemisphere based on my intimate work with Audre Lorde’s published and archival body of writing.  As the first person to do archival research in Audre Lorde Papers at Spelman College, I feel a great responsibility to bring the sacred text of Audre Lorde’s life to the communities of struggle that carry on her legacy. The performance lectures draw on a sacred one of a kind text in process called The Lorde Concordance and remix Lorde’s known and unknown works with site-specific relevance.  Consider it a mixed media testimony, a Lordeian prayer, and embodiment of how her “words will (always) be (t)here.”

To bring the traveling resurrection to your organization or school email

Rates are negotiable and do not include travel and housing:

Colleges and Universities-$4000-6000 for poetic performance ritual   ($3500 to add an additional classroom /organization meeting visit)

Conference Keynote: $2000-4500

Community Center/Non-profit- $900-1500 for lecture and workshop



February 16th, All College Days, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

February 18th Maker’s Lab Audre Lorde Birthday Party, Washington, DC

February 26th Breathing Back Audre Lorde Keynote, Durham, NC

March 2, Black Feminist Breathing the Rage Editition, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

March 4th Brilliance Remastered: An Archive of Breathing, Women’s Studies Annual Awards Luncheon, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

April 8-11th LGBTQ Scholars of Color Network Launch, CUNY, NYC

April 14-17 5 Colleges Mobile Homecoming Residency, Northampton, MA


January 10-15th, Residency at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Havana, Cuba

January 30th, The Fullness: MobileHomecoming’s Daylong Institute at Creating Change, Houston, TX

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February 8th, Angelic Troublemaker Flight School, Bayard Rustin Keynote at Guilford College

March 7th,  The Other in Ourselves Residency, University of Arizona

March 15th,  Translation/Transmission screening of Audre Lorde, The Berlin Years, Bristol, UK

April 25th, Abriendo Brecha Activist Scholarship Conference Keynote, University of Texas, Austin

October 15th, Audre Lorde Festival Keynote, University of British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Canada



January 30th Black Feminist Film School, Durham, NC: Screening of A Litany for Survival and Lorde Concordance Perfomance and Workshop

Feb 12th  Temple University, Department of Women’s Studies, Philadelphia, PA: Daughter Dreams: Critical Reflection and Audre Lorde’s Dream Journals

Feb 19th Tulane University’s Inaugural Audre Lorde Week, New Orleans, LA: The Lorde Concordance: Brazen Black Feminist Life as Sacred Text

Feb 26th Stone House, Mebane NC: For Each of Us: Audre Lorde and Self/Community Care a conversation with angel Kyodo williams

March 4-9th Brilliance Remastered Webinar Intensive: NEED- a Performance Ritual in honor of Audre Lorde

March 16th Dominican Republic Movimiento de Mujeres Unidas: MereRelatives/Queer Relatives: Audre Lorde and the Practice of Solidarity

April 6th UNC-Greensboro Un-Hushed 2: From Talk to Walk Multicultural Skillshare for Library Professionals: Keynote Address: L is for Librarian: Lorde and our Love for the Unruly Dead

April 29th UC Davis: Lorde Concordance Performance Ritual and conversation with La Chica Boom

June 3rd, Caribbean Studies Association: Revisiting Grenada: Audre Lorde as Ongoing Black Feminist Oracle

July 3-7th Smithsonian “Will to Adorn” Festival:  Bright Blues: A Wearable Black Feminist Oracle

August 5th University of Denver, Keynote Lecture: Pedagogy of Privilege Conference: A Drug or a Chisel: Audre Lorde and Why You Will Never Be the Same Again

October 17th Duke University, Arts and Education Visiting Lecture:  School Note and Teacher:  From Fear to Forward

November 8th, National Women’s Studies Assocation Conference: Enough: A Mother/Daughter Liberation Spell

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a prayer poet priestess with a PhD in English, African and African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies from Duke University and Alexis is the first scholar to research in Audre Lorde’s archival papers (housed at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA) and is the founder of the School of Our Lorde, a nightschool in Durham, NC focused on the work of Audre Lorde.  She is published widely in scholarly journals and collections including Signs, Obsidian, Symbiosis, Macommere, The Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Literature and The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature and has published chapters on Audre Lorde’s work in the collections The Black Imagination,  Mothering in Hip Hop Culture and Laboring On: Mothers in the Academy.  She is also the author of Such Rainbows, a manuscript under review of poems in conversation with Lorde’s first and last books of poetry.    Her poetry appears in several anthologies (including Does Your Mama Know?, Leaving Home Becoming Home, Growing Up Girl and Encounters) and a number of journals including Make/Shift, Everyday Genius ,Turning Wheel, unFold, Vinyl, Kweli, Reverie and Backbone.

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