About THEM GOON RULES
Marquis Bey’s debut collection, Them Goon Rules
, is an un-rulebook, a long-form essayistic sermon that meditates on how Blackness and nonnormative gender impact and remix everything we claim to know.
A series of essays that reads like a critical memoir, this work queries the function and implications of politicized Blackness, Black feminism, and queerness. Bey binds together his personal experiences with social justice work at the New York–based Audre Lorde Project, growing up in Philly, and rigorous explorations of the iconoclasm of theorists of Black studies and Black feminism. Bey’s voice recalibrates itself playfully on a dime, creating a collection that tarries in both academic and nonacademic realms.
Fashioning fugitive Blackness and feminism around a line from Lil’ Wayne’s “A Millie,” Them Goon Rules
is a work of “auto-theory” that insists on radical modes of thought and being as a refrain and a hook that is unapologetic, rigorously thoughtful, and uncompromising.
“Them Goon Rules
is an exciting collection of essays—brimming with insight, inspiration, love, and rage, the book leads readers through an urgent set of questions about the body, identity, race, place, sex, Blackness, subversion, and gender. Offering what Bey at one point calls a ‘fugitive praxis,’ this book believes in transformation and shows us how it is done! Brilliant!”
—Jack Halberstam, author of Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Guide to Gender Variance
is currently a PhD candidate in the English department at Cornell University. Broadly speaking, his work and scholarship concern Black feminism, transgender studies, literature, and philosophy. More specifically, his intellectual pursuits lead him to interrogations of categories of difference, namely Black feminist critiques of commonplace understandings of race and gender. As a thinker, he is adamant about drawing from a wide array of knowledge producers, from continental philosophers to contemporary theorists to vernacular traditions to his mother and grandmother. His work, in short, is committed to thinking through how Blackness and feminism can engender another world.
Bey is the recipient of various awards and fellowships, most notably a Ford Foundation Dissertation fellowship and a public humanities grant from Humanities New York. His work has been featured in journals and forums, and he is author of the essay collection, Them Goon Rules: Fugitive Essays on Radical Black Feminism
, forthcoming with the University of Arizona Press.
is a William Fontaine Fellow of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Penn, Destiny designed and taught a curriculum on Black feminist literature to middle school and high school students in Brooklyn through an after school program at Girls for Gender Equity. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University in English with certificates in African American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. She is interested in Black feminist thought, African American women's literature of the 20th century, and Black girlhood studies.
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the Paul Robeson House & Museum!