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Jarrett Neal

Connection to Illinois: Neal lives in Oak Park. He earned his BA from Northwestern, an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an EdD from Aurora University.

Biography: Jarrett Neal is the Writing Center Coordinator at Governors State University. His poetry, fiction 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 For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still not Enough and Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam's Call.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

What Color Is Your Hoodie?
ISBN: 1937627225 OCLC: 922008948

Chelsea Station Editions 2015

In thirteen candid and provocative essays, author Jarrett Neal reports on the status of black gay men in the new millennium, examining classism among black gay men, racism within the gay community, representations of the black male body within gay pornography, and patriarchal threats to the survival of both black men and gay men. What Color Is Your Hoodie? employs the author's own quest for visibility-through bodybuilding, creative writing, and teaching, among other pursuits-as the genesis for an insightful and critical dialogue that ultimately symbolizes the entire black gay community's struggle for recognition and survival.