a C k n o w l e d g m e n t s
First, I’d like to thank the folks at Duke University Press for all
their help in getting this project into shape, especially Ken Wis-
soker, Jade Brooks, Danielle Szulczewski, and Heather Hensley.
Jeanne Ferris is a great copyeditor, and this book reads better
for her hard work. I also wish to thank the Crisis Publishing
Co., the publisher of the magazine of the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People (now known as the
naacp), for the use of the material first published in the Sep-
tember 1928 issue of Crisis Magazine. Sean Metzger, Gina Mas-
quesmay, and the folks at Lexington Books published an early
version of my first chapter in Embodying Asian/American Sexu-
alities. Thomas Wirth generously provided access to Richard
Bruce Nugent’s manuscripts and art and introduced me to the
Negroni, Nugent’s drink of choice. I would also like to thank
all the archivists and librarians at the Lesbian Herstory Archive,
Columbia University Oral History Archives, New York City De-
partment of Records and Information Services, New York Public
Library (nypl) Center for Humanities, nypl Performing Arts
Library, nypl Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture,
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University,
Bancroft Library at the University of California (uc), Berkeley,
and the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.
I would also like to thank the students, staff, postdocs, and
faculty of the programs and departments that have housed me
during this long process: uc Irvine’s History Department, Loy-
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