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Race, Ethnicity and Performance. Special issue of Text and Performance Quarterly. 23.2 April 2003.

Journal Articles

“In Search of My Queer Fathers (In Response to Bishop Eddie Long).” Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies 14.2 (April 2014): 124 -127.

“To Be Young, Gifted, and Queer: Race and Sex in the New Black Studies.” The Black Scholar 44.2 (Summer 2014): 50 – 58.

“Pleasure and Pain in Black Queer Oral History and Performance.” (with Jason Ruiz) QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking 1.2 (Summer 2014): 160 – 170.

“After You’ve Done All You Can: On Queer Performance and Censorship.” Text and Performance Quarterly 33.3 (July 2013): 212-213.

“A Revelatory Distillation of Experience.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 40.3 (2012): 311-314.

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“From Page to Stage: The Making of Sweet Tea.” Text and Performance Quarterly 32.3 (2012): 248-253. “Queer Epistemologies: Theorizing the Self from a Writerly Placed Called Home.” Biography 34.3 (2011):


“Poor ‘Black’ Theatre.” Theatre History Studies 30 (2010): 1 – 13.

“Stranger Blues: Otherness, Pedagogy, and a Sense of Home.” TriQuarterly 131 (2008): 112-127.

“The Pot Calling the Kettle ‘Black’.” Theatre Journal, 57.4 (2005): 605-608.

“Specter of the Black Fag: Parody, Blackness, & Homo/Heterosexual B(r)others.” Journal of Homosexuality 45.2/3/4 (2003): 217-234.

“Strange Fruit: A Performance About Identity Politics.” The Drama Review, T178 (Summer) 2003: 88- 116.

“Performing Blackness Down Under: The Café of the Gate of Salvation.” Text and Performance Quarterly 22 (April 2002): 99-119. Reprinted in 21st Century African American Social Issues: A Reader. Ed. Anita McDaniel and Clyde McDaniel. New York: Thompson Custom Printing, 2003.

“‘Quare’ Studies Or (Almost) Everything I Know About Queer Studies I Learned From My Grandmother.” Text and Performance Quarterly 21 (January 2001): 1-25. Reprinted in Readings on Rhetoric and Performance. Ed. Stephen Olbrys Gencarella and Phaedra C. Pezzullo. State College, PA: Strata, 2010. 233-257. The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory. Ed. Noreen Giffney and Michael O’Rourke. Farnham, England: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2009. 451-469. Sexualities and Communication in Everyday Life: A Reader. Ed. Karen Lovaas and Mercilee Jenkins. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2006. 69-86, 297-300. Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology. Ed. E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005. 124-157.

“Feeling the Spirit in the Dark: Expanding Notions of the Sacred in the African American Gay Community.” Callaloo 21.2 (Winter/Spring 1998): 399-416. Reprinted in The Greatest Taboo: Homosexuality in Black Communities. Ed. Delroy Constantine-Simms. Los Angeles: Alyson Publications, 2000. 88-109.

“Getting Past the Gate(s): Inclusion/Exclusion in the African American Theoretical Canon of Henry Louis Gates.” Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas 2 (October 1996): 131-140.

“SNAP! Culture: A Different Kind of Reading.” Text and Performance Quarterly 15 (April 1995): 21- 42.

“Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues: A Blues Analysis of Gayl Jones’ Eva’s Man.” OBSIDIAN II: Black Literature in Review 9 (Spring/Summer 1994): 26-46.