The essays constituting this online special issue, organized in memoriam, reflect on bell hooks’s influence on the contributors’ evolving relationships to their writing and work as well as deep connections to feminism, mothers, students, regions, ecologies, cultures, and the academy, among other facets of their lives. In taking up hooks’s mantle, the authors nuance literary forms and offer various expressions of gratitude to explore their struggles, growth, and healing as a result of hooks’s prolific career and generative activism.
The essays were gathered by guest editors Cécile Accilien, Manisha Desai, and Luz María Gordillo, who also serve as members of the journal’s editorial board. Instead of a written preface, they elected to engage in a virtual conversation about the meaning of hooks’s life and work to their trajectories as scholars and feminists of color during the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s.
You can find a link to the guest editors’ recorded introduction here and the 21 collected essays honoring bell hooks below.
“Talking Back: Remembering bell hooks” by Beverly Guy-Sheftall
“bell hooks said ‘No Black woman writer…can write too much’: A Black Feminist Reflection” by Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown
“Rebirthing My Girlhood Space: What bell hooks Taught Me about Writing and Love” by Rebecca Covarrubias
“Land, Kinship, and Healing” by Tabitha Robin
“Teaching to Refuse and Reclaim: A Letter of Gratitude to bell hooks” by Courtney B. Cook
“bell hooks’s Memoirs” by Anne Donadey
“bell hooks: Feminism as the Transformational Work of Love” by Elizabeth Ann Bartlett
“Decolonial Love as a Foundation for Creative Business Practice” by Alia Fortune Weston
“Trusting in the Power of Compassion” by Leah Milne
“Coming of Age in Black Feminism and the Influence of bell hooks” by Angelyn Mitchell
“To Be A Feminist: In Honor of bell hooks” by Zakiya R. Adair
“Teaching to Transgress” by Margaret Stetz
“Examining Blackness” by Ebony Aya
“What bell hooks Taught Me…” by Leslie Morrow
“Penning Balm” by Leah Fulton
“An Offering of Gratitude” by Dominique M. Brown and Devin M. Moran