by Sharon Bridgforth
BACK IN STOCK!
na/i’s a wo’mn
what’s Lovved many wy’mns.
me/they call bull-dog-jean i say
that’s cause i works lik somekinda old dog trying to git a bone or two
they say it’s cause i be sniffing after wy’mns
down-low/begging and thangs
Using traditional storytelling and nontraditional verse to chronicle the course of love returning in the lifetimes of one woman-loving-woman named bull-dog-jean, the bull-jean stories give cultural documentation and social commentary on African-American herstory and survival. Set in the rural South of the 1920s, the bull-jean stories herald the spirit of African-American people.
“for my daughter/myself and all my mothers
i need a witness that we were here and our Lives mattered...”
— sharon bridgforth
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sharon Bridgforth, a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2009, is a writer working in the Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic. Her piece, blood pudding, was produced in the 2010 New York SummerStage Festival. She is the 2010 – 2012 Visiting Multicultural Faculty member at The Theatre School at DePaul University. 2009 Mellon Artist In-Residence in the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University, Bridgforth is recipient of the 2008 Alpert/Hedgebrook Residency Prize. Her work has been presented around the country at venues including the Walker Art Center and La Peña Cultural Center. Bridgforth’s work has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts Commissioning Program; The National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Playwright in Residence Program; National Performance Network Commissioning Fund; the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media; and the Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund Award. Bridgforth is the author of love conjure/blues and the Lambda Literary Award-winning the bull-jean stories, published by RedBone Press. She is co-editor of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project (University of Texas Press, 2010).
“A Revolution of Spirit” by Abe Louse Young
[Photo © 2011 by Vanessa Vargas.]
© 1998 by sharon bridgforth
Cover art, design copyright © 1998 by Juarez Hawkins