E. Patrick Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. A scholar/artist, Johnson performs nationally and internationally and has published widely in the areas of race, gender, sexuality and performance.
1. Tell me something interesting about your hometown:
My hometown of Hickory, NC has streets patterned after Washington, D.C. The streets are numbered and are in directional quadrants. I grew up on 8th Ave Dr. SE, for example.
2. How would you describe your work?
My work engages issues of race, gender, sexuality, class and region through performance.
My first car was a 1976 gold Toyota Corolla.
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabelle Wilkerson
It depends on who it is and what mood I'm in. If it's a down home southern meal, then I'm going to cook some collard greens, cornbread, candied yams, mac-n-cheese, and ham with peach cobbler for dessert. If I'm feeling boojie, I may do red snapper with lime butter salsa, sweet potato, shrimp, and artichoke hash, and roasted beet and goat cheese salad with pot de crème for dessert
I am finishing up a co-edited volume with Ramon Rivera-Servera called SOLO/BLACK/WOMAN and I am beginning the research for the follow-up to SWEET TEA, called HONEYPOT: BLACK LESBIANS OF THE SOUTH.
I don't have a preference. It depends on which one I have time to respond to.
The most difficult thing for me is finding the space and time to write and squeezing in all of the request I get to perform. The easiest thing for me is coming up with ideas
Other people, poetry, and music.
Read, surf the internet, or exercise
Live music, alcohol, great food
I have so many. Most recently, it's "Cra-Cra" for "Crazy." My least favorite is "Really?"13. Free space. Tell me something. Anything:
I have a very active dream life. I'm beginning to write them down because I think they will become fodder for a script of some sort.14. Name a place you've never been but would love to visit. Why?
I would like to go to South Africa because I hear it's beautiful and I want to experience an African country that has LGBT rights written into the constitution!
I was surprised that Barack Obama came out in support of gay marriage before the election.