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Essex Hemphill (1957–1995)

Autor(a) de Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men

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About the Author

One of the most important new voices on the gay literary scene, Hemphill has published poetry in several anthologies and essays in the gay press, most of which have been collected in his three books. The merits of his work have been rewarded with several fellowships, including one from the National mostrar mais Endowment for the Arts. Hemphill has also been involved in the production of three gay African American films: Looking for Langston, which is about Langston Hughes; Tongues Untied, a celebration of African American gay identity; and Out of the Shadows, an AIDS documentary. Hemphill says that his work has been informed by his efforts to "integrate all of my identities into a functioning self" and to "articulate and politicize my sexuality" (Ceremonies 53). As he makes clear, it is not easy to accomplish this in a racist and homophobic society. He deplores the racism that he finds in the gay community, in particular the sexual objectification of black men by white men, which he argues characterizes the art of the celebrated photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. He is equally critical of the sexism and homophobia of the African American community, which he believes informs the rhetoric of the key movement, Black Nationalism. But Hemphill also celebrates his sexual and racial identities, affirming his participation in both the gay and black communities even as he critiques them and American society at large, whose prejudices they sometimes share. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras de Essex Hemphill

Associated Works

Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories (1996) — Contribuinte — 395 cópias
Hometowns: Gay Men Write About Where They Belong (1991) — Contribuinte — 250 cópias
Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time (Stonewall Inn Editions) (1836) — Contribuinte — 179 cópias
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Contribuinte — 168 cópias
The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature (1998) — Contribuinte — 158 cópias
Erotique Noire/Black Erotica (1991) — Contribuinte — 156 cópias
In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology (1986) — Contribuinte — 141 cópias
Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (1995) — Contribuinte — 90 cópias
Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (2018) — Contribuinte — 82 cópias
The Name of Love: Classic Gay Love Poems (1995) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
Fighting words : personal essays by black gay men (1999) — Contribuinte — 40 cópias
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love (1994) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (2010) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
Tongues Untied (Gay Verse) (1987) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
OutWrite: The Speeches that Shaped LGBTQ Literary Culture (2022) — Contribuinte — 19 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Hemphill, Essex Charles
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
Local de nascimento
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Local de falecimento
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Locais de residência
New York, New York, USA
Washington, D.C., USA
University of Maryland
gay rights activist
AIDS activist
performance artist
Lambda Literary Award



Since I'm reading this as part of my New Year's Resolution to by-God read more books that are explicitly about race, I am specially noticing the parts I don't understand here. This is opaque to me; Hemphill's experience is so foreign that I am struggling to understand the emotional landscape here. Which is my flaw and not Hemphill's.

That said, I can judge the introduction: it's not very good. It's rambling, unorganized, and too long; it didn't add anything to my experience of reading the actual text, I think.

The combination of prose and poetry in the same volume was a struggle for me, although Hemphill can certainly write both. I liked the essays better than the poetry, by and large, but that is probably because I couldn't enter into the poems with the confidence I could the essays. "Voices" is a fabulous piece, the essay criticizing Mapplethorpe rocks, and "Ceremonies" is chilling in its description of the sexual culture in which Hemphill came to adulthood.
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cricketbats | Mar 30, 2013 |


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