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Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist, a prayer poet priestess. As the first person to do archival research in the papers of June Jordan at Harvard University, Audre Lorde at Spelman College, and Lucille Clifton at Emory University, while achieving her PhD in English, Africana Studies and Women’s Studies at Duke University, she honors the lives and creative works of Black feminist geniuses as sacred texts for all people.

Alexis is the founder of Brilliance Remastered, a service to help visionary underrepresented graduate students stay connected to purpose, passion and community, co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming Project, a national experiential archive amplifying generations of Black LGBTQ Brilliance, and the community school Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind.

Alexis has won a number of awards and honors including being named one of UTNE Reader’s 50 Visionaries Transforming the World in 2009, a Black Woman Rising and Reproductive Reality Check Shero in 2010, and one of Advocate Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 in 2012. To contact Alexis visit