About the author
Jarrett Neal earned a BA in English from Northwestern University and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Chelsea Station, The Gay and Lesbian Review, Requited Journal, The Good Men Project, and other publications, including the Lambda Literary Award-nominated anthologies For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough and Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call. He lives in Oak Park, IL.
Praise for What Color Is Your Hoodie?
“A gifted writer. Neal wants to promote dialogue, for gay people to listen to each other, to share stories and memorialize our victories and injustices. Homophobia, misogyny, and racism are all intertwined, so if we want to combat them, we must truly embrace diversity, which can only be accomplished if, as Neal strongly urges, all LGBTQ people learn to work together.”
—Brian Bromberger, Bay Area Reporter
“There’s much to love and think about in What Color is Your Hoodie? from an academic perspective as well as the street view. And one is as valid as the other, because if we can’t grasp both, we really can’t get a handle on either.”
—Jerry Wheeler, Out in Print
“A unique insightfulness about often-unexamined experiences. Neal's strong embrace of the personal as political and of popular media as culturally critical also drives him to explore queer racism and black homophobia, class conflict, and the effects of marginalization on self-esteem and self-expression. Moments of the collection shine as either memoir or sociological treatise.”
“The topics addressed are universal, but Neal takes us on his own journey. His prose grabs you on the first page and you know that he is writing from his heart.”
—Amos Lassen, Reviews by Amos Lassen
“Jarrett Neal’s thoughtful and entertaining essays hold a peculiar beauty for those black folks in the know, those not in the know, and in many ways don’t want to know. What Color Is Your Hoodie? is Baldwinesque in its bareheaded honesty, and this fact alone is worth the price of the ticket.”
—Steven G. Fullwood, Co-Editor, Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call
“Truthful, blunt, and thought‐provoking. This unusual book is a good read that may actually change minds.”
—Terri Schlichenmeyer, The Bookworm Sez
“A collection of insightful and provocative personal essays. Neal’s refreshing take on being black and gay is deserving of a vast readership.
—Gregg Shapiro, Chicago Pride
“These fearless essays reveal Neal’s humor and honesty while revealing the perilous realities of racial and sexual cultures in the US.”
—Nicholas Hayes, Your Impossible Voice
Finalist, 2016 Lambda Literary Award, LGBT Nonfiction
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