by Sharon Bridgforth
love conjure/blues is performance literature/a novel that is constructed for breath. love conjure/blues places the fiction-form inside a traditional Black American voice/inviting dramatic interpretation and movement within the fit of a highly literary text—filled with folktales poetry haints prophecy song and oral history.
love conjure/blues considers a range of possibilities of gender expression and sexuality within a southern/rural/ Black working class context that examines the blues as a way of life/as ritual—in concert with Ancient practices and new creations. The past the present the future the living and the dead co-exist together/at the same time in a weave of dreams/Prayers/Love/Spirit expressed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sharon Bridgforth is the RedBone Press author of love conjure/blues and the Lambda Literary Award-winning the bull-jean stories. A resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2009, Bridgforth is a 2016 Doris Duke Artist. She collaborates with actors, dancers, singers and audiences live during performance as she composes moving soundscapes of her jazz/ritual texts. Her performance script delta dandi is published in solo/black/woman: scripts, interviews and essays (eds. E. Patrick Johnson and Ramón Rivera-Servera, Northwestern University Press, 2014). Bridgforth, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones and Lisa L. Moore are co-editors of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project (University of Texas Press). Bridgforth is one of the subjects in Dr. Matt Richardson’s The Queer Limit of Black Memory: Black Lesbian Literature and Irresolution (The Ohio State University Press); Francesca Royster’s “Queering the Jazz Aesthetic: An Interview with Sharon Bridgforth and Omi Osun Joni Jones” in Journal of Popular Music Studies (vol. 25, no. 4, December 2013); and Omi Osun Joni L. Jones’s Theatrical Jazz: Performance, Àṣẹ, and the Power of the Present Moment (The Ohio State Press, 2015). Recipient of the MAP Fund and the National Performance Network Creation Fund, Bridgforth is a 2016 Creative Capital awardee for her project dat Black Mermaid Man Lady.
“A Revolution of Spirit” by Abe Louse Young
[Photo: © 2011 by Vanessa Vargas]
© 2004 by Sharon Bridgforth
Cover art: “Conjurers” © 2004 by Daniel Alexander Jones
Cover design: E.M. Corbin
Read an excerpt below.