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The Bull-Jean Book Party - Austin
The Bull-Jean Book Party - Austin

Fri, May 12


African American Cultural Heritage Fac

The Bull-Jean Book Party - Austin

Celebrate the arrival of Sharon Bridgforth’s newest book—bull-jean & dem/dey back!

Time & Location

May 12, 2023, 6:00 PM CDT

African American Cultural Heritage Fac, 912 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA

About the event

Join us for an evening of readings, conversations, and dancing to welcome Sharon Bridgforth and her latest book, bull-jean & dem/dey back!


Light refreshments will be served.

Books will be available for sale by Bookwoman Bookstore.

bull-jean & dem/dey back collects two performance/novels centering Sharon Bridgforth’s southern-Black-butch-sheroe, bull-jean. First published by RedBone Press in 1998, the Lambda Literary Award-winning the bull-jean stories chronicles the course of lovve returning in the Life-times of bull-dog-jean. Set in the rural 1920s south, the bull-jean stories is an act of griot-anthropology, remembering the ancestor we never knew but always knew we needed--the raucous, sweet-talking, heart-aching wo’mn-lovvn-wo’mn bull-dog-jean and the fierce and beautiful community that surrounds her. Twenty-two years later, bull-dog-jean returns in bull-jean/we wake. Grieving the loss of their elders, seeking healing, the Narrator calls forward bull-jean. Through a series of dreams, porch prayers, and visitations from cussing conjurers, Black Mermaids, children that fly, and shape-shifting ole folk, bull-jean and dem guide the Narrator towards a realization of the sustaining power of love, memory, community, ritual and spiritual binding.

Sharon Bridgforth is a writer who creates ritual/jazz theatre. A 2022 Winner of Yale's Windham Campbell Prize in Drama, Sharon is a 2023 United States Artists Fellow, a 2020-2023 Playwrights’ Center Core Member, a 2022-2023 McKnight Fellow, a New Dramatists alum, and has received support from The Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, Creative Capital, MAP Fund and the National Performance Network. Widely published, her work is featured in Teaching Black: The Craft of Teaching on Black Life and Literature and Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought. Sharon's Lambda Literary Award-winning the bull-jean stories will be produced by Pillsbury House + Theatre in October/November 2022, and directed by Signe Harriday. Sharon is the Executive Producer and Host of the Who Yo People Is podcast series and her dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/The Show is streaming on the Twin Cities PBS platform.

Presented by allgo, LGBTQ Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, The Center for Women's & Gender Studies at UT-Austin, Torch Literary Arts, The African and African Diaspora Studies Department at the University of Texas, and the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility.

Torch Literary Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established to publish and promote creative writing by Black women. We publish contemporary writing by experienced and emerging writers alike. TORCH has featured work by Toi Derricotte, Tayari Jones, Sharon Bridgforth, Crystal Wilkinson, Patricia Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Elizabeth Alexander, and others. Programs include the Wildfire Reading Series, writing workshops, and retreats.

Help TORCH continue to publish and promote Black women writers by donating today.

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