Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women

Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History 

The University of North Carolina Press (November 2018)

Blacktino Queer Performance (edited with Ramón H. Rivera-Servera)

Duke University Press Books (2016)

No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies (edited by E. Patrick Johnson)

Duke University Press (2016)

Cultural Struggles: Performance, Ethnography, Praxis (edited by E. Patrick Johnson)

Northwestern University Press (November 18, 2013)

solo/black/woman: scripts, interviews, and essays (edited with Ramón H. Rivera-Servera)

Northwestern University Press (November 18, 2013)

Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South

The University of North Carolina Press (August 26, 2008)

“Contains a wealth of information about Southern black gay men and makes a valuable addition to gay cultural history.” — The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review

Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology (edited by E. Patrick Johnson & Mae G. Henderson)

Duke University Press (2005)

Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity

Duke University Press Books (July 23, 2003) ”With Appropriating Blackness, E. Patrick Johnson has given us a book worthy of the breadth its title signals.” —Dwight A. McBride

Sweet Tea—A Play

Northwestern University Press (August 2020)

A stage version of E. Patrick Johnson’s Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—An Oral History.

Journal Articles

Journal Editing

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

Journal Articles

“Listening for the Quiet.” Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures, 73.3 (2020): 275-277.

“Camp Revival or the Sissification of the Black Church.” Palimpsest: A Journal of Women, Gender, and the Black International, 9.2 (Fall 2020): 30-33.

“The House that Race Built.” College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies, 47.4 (Fall 2020): 678-681.

“In the Quare Light of the Moon: Poverty, Sexuality, and Makeshift Masculinity in Moonlight.Western Journal of Black Studies 43, no. 3-4 (Fall/Winter 2019): 70-79.

“Put a Little Honey in My Sweet Tea: Oral History as Quare Performance.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 44.3/4 (Fall/Winter 2016): 51-67.

“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.

“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): 429-446.

“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.

Book Chapters and Other Publications

Book Chapters

“Foreword: Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey.” Long Term: Essays on Queer Commitment. Eds. Scott Herring and Lee Wallace. Duke University Press, 2021. vii-ix.

“Remember the Time: Black Queer Nightlight in the South.” Queer Nightlife. Eds. Ramon Rivera-Servera, Kareem Khubchandani, and Kemi Adeyemi. University of Michigan Press, 2021. 222-234.

“Foreword.” Underground and Other Plays by Lisa B. Thompson. Northwestern University Press, 2020.

“Put a Little Honey in My Sweet Tea: Oral History as Quare Performance.” Imagining Queer Methods. Eds. Amin Ghaziani and Matt Brim. New York University Press, 2019. 45-62.

“The Gospel According to the Gays: Queering the Roots of Gospel Music.” Oxford Handbook of Music and Queerness.” Ed. Fred Haus and Sheila Whiteley. Oxford University Press, 2019.

“Many Stories/One Body: Black Solo Performance from Vaudeville to Spoken Word.” The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance, Eds. Thomas DeFrantz, Kathy Perkins, Sandra Richards and Renee Alexander-Craft. Routledge, 2018.

“Introduction.” No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies. Ed. E. Patrick Johnson. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. 1-26.

“Introduction: Ethnoracial Intimacies in Blacktino Queer Performance.” Co-authored with Ramon Rivera-Servera. Blacktino Queer Performance. Eds. E. Patrick Johnson & Ramon H. Rivera-Servera. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. 1-18.

“Baldwin’s Theater.” Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin. Ed. Michelle Elam. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 85-99.

“Southern (Dis)Comfort: Homosexuality in the Black South.” Creating and Consuming the U.S. South. Eds. William A. Fink, David Brown, Brian Ward, and Martyn Bone. University Press of Florida, 2015. 97-116.

“Foreword.” The Delectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism with U.S. Slave Culture. Vincent Woodard. Eds. Justin Joyce and Dwight McBride. New York University Press, 2014. xi-xiv.

“Black.” Keywords for American Cultural Studies, Vol. 2. Eds. Bruce Burgett and Glen Hendler. New York: New York University Press, 2014. 30-34.

“Introduction.” solo/black/woman: scripts, interviews, essays. Eds. E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera. Evanston, Northwestern University Press, 2013. xv-xxiv.

“Interview with Robbie McCauley.” solo/black/woman: scripts, interviews, essays. Eds. E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2013. 59-69.

“Interview with Rhodessa Jones.” solo/black/woman: scripts, interviews, essays. Eds. E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2013. 18-26.

“Introduction: Opening and Interpreting Lives.” Cultural Struggles: Performance, Ethnography, Praxis. Dwight Conquergood. Ed. E. Patrick Johnson. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013. 1-14.

“Gays and Gospel: A Queer History of Sacred Music.” Out in Chicago: LGBT History at the Crossroads. Eds. Jill Austin and Jennifer Briers. Chicago: Chicago History Museum, 2011. 109 -125.

“Afterword.” Windy City Queer. Eds. Kathie Bergquist. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 2011. 237-238.

“Foreword: The Journey From Bourgeois to Boojie.” From Bourgeois to Boojie: Middle Class Performances. Eds. Vershawn Young and Bridget Tsemo. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2011. viii-xxii.

“Border Intellectual: Performing Identity at the Crossroads.” Performance in the Borderlands. Eds. Ramon Rivera-Servera and Harvey Young. New York: Palgrave, 2011. 147 -160.

“Scatter the Pigeons: Baldness and the Performance of Hyper-Black Masculinity.” Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Studies. Eds. Regina E. Spellers and Kimberly R. Moffitt. Hampton, V.A.: Hampton UP, 2010. 147 -156.

“In the Merry Old Land of OZ: Rac(e)ing and Quee(r)ing the Academy.” The Queer Community: Continuing the Struggle for Social Justice. Ed. Richard Johnson, III. San Diego: Birkdale Publishers, 2009. 85-103.

“Going Home Ain’t Always Easy: Ethnography and the Politics of Black Respectability.” Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World. Eds. Ellen Lewin and William L. Leap. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2009. 54-70.

“Queer Theory.” The Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies. Ed. Tracy C. Davis. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2008. 166-181.

“Black Performance Studies: Genealogies, Politics, Futures.” Performance Studies Handbook. Eds. D. Soyini Madison and Judith Hamera. Thousand Oaks, C.A.: Sage, 2005. 446-463.

“Performing Blackness Down Under: Gospel Music in Australia.” Black Cultural Traffic: Crossroads in Performance and Popular Culture. Eds. Harry Elam and Kennell Jackson. Ann Arbor, U of Michigan P, 2005.

“Mother Knows Best: Black Gay Vernacular and Transgressive Domestic Space.” Speaking in Queer Tongues: Gay Language Without Gay English? William L. Leap & Tom Boellstorff. Eds. Champagne: U of Illinois P, 2004.

“Specter of the Black Fag: Parody, Blackness, & Homo/Heterosexual B(r)others.” Queering Communication: Theory, Research, and Interventions. Ed. Gust A. Yep. Binghamton, New York: Haworth Press, 2003. [reprint]

“SNAP! Culture: A Different Kind of Reading.” Performance: Critical Concepts Vol. 4. Phil Auslander. Ed. New York: Routledge, 2003. [reprint]

“Feeling the Spirit in the Dark: Expanding Notions of the Sacred in the African American Gay Community.” The Greatest Taboo: Homosexuality in Black Communities. Delroy Constantine-Simms. Ed. Boston: Alyson Press, 2001: 88-109. [reprint]

Book Reviews

Mignon Moore’s Invisible Lives: Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood. National Political Science Review 16 (2014): 181-183.

Michael Long’s I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters. The Black Scholar 42.3/4 (Fall-Winter 2012): 62-63.

Brock Thompson’s The Un-Natural State: Arkansas and the Queer South. Teachers College Record, 2011,-http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16477. July 18, 2011.


“Out/Look from the Rearview Mirror.” Outlook & The Birth of the Queer 18 (Fall 2017): 23.

“The Scene in Wyoming.”  Callaloo 23.1 (Spring 2000):  122-124.


“All in the Family: Queering the Projects.” If We Have to Take Tomorrow. Eds. Frank Leon Roberts & Marvin K. White. Los Angeles: The Institute of Gay Men’s Health. (2006): 41-46.

Liner Notes.  Black Gospel Down Under.  Compact Disc.  Australia Broadcast Company, 2002.

“Coda” from “Black Quare Studies.”  Callaloo 23.1 (Spring 2000): 120-121.

Works in Progress

Quare—An Autobiography of the Mother Within.  An experimental memoir exploring race, class, gender, sexuality.  Book Manuscript.

Camp Revival: Queering Gender in the Black Church {Tentative title}.  Book manuscript on the camp aesthetic in the black church as an expression of non-normative gender expression.