Dialogue as Black Contemplative Practice


  • M'Balia Thomas University of Kansas


dialogue, othermothering, Black contemplative practice, Black feminist thought


Across space, time, and texts, I have engaged in contemplative dialogue with the writings of four writers—Black feminist poet Audre Lorde; Chicana poet Gloria Anzaldúa; artist, activist, and community healer Tricia Hersey; and novelist Andrea Lee. In doing so, I have participated in a contemplative practice that is culturally attuned to me as an African American woman as their writings—in different ways—are in dialogue with Black feminist thought, womanism, and Afrofuturism. Through these authors and their works, I have found the wisdom, comfort, othermothering, and language I have needed to make sense of my journey as an early career scholar on the tenure track and to become a more authentic, compassionate, and whole teacher-scholar.

Author Biography

M'Balia Thomas, University of Kansas

M’Balia Thomas is Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas (U.S.A.). She is a teacher educator and writes on the everyday creativity of non-native and non-standard varieties of American English.


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