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25 instructors selected for summer institute on African-American poetry

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

LAWRENCE — Twenty-five college and university teachers nationwide have been selected to attend a federally funded three-week institute at the University of Kansas focused on African-American poetry.

The institute, “Don’t Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American Poetry” will be July 14-August 3. The institute is part of a 15-month program funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to KU’s Project on the History of Black Writing.

Maryemma Graham, University Distinguished Professor of English, directs the institute, a collaboration with the Furious Flower Poetry Center of James Madison University, directed by Joanne Gabbin. KU co-sponsors include the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center, Department of English, KU Libraries, Spencer Museum of Art and Kansas Center for Research.

College and university teachers selected for the institute are listed below by school city and school name. Three of the participants are current graduate students.

List of NEH Summer Scholars and home institutions:

  • Frank Walker, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.
  • Paula Barnes, Hampton University, Hampton, Va.
  • Arlette Smith, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Jeff Mack, Albany State University, Albany, Ga.
  • Carol Tyx, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Zanice Bond, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama.
  • Gregg Murray, Georgia Perimeter College, Dunwoody, Ga.
  • Reginald Flood, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Conn.
  • Hoke (Bro. Yao) Glover, Bowie State University, Bowie, Md.
  • Kamau Kemayo, University of Illinois Springfield, Ill.
  • April Logan, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Md.
  • Lorrie Smith, Saint Michael's College, Colchester, Vt.
  • Deborah Ford, Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, Miss.
  • Jeff Westover, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.
  • Shauna Kirlew, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Althea Tait, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va.
  • McKinley Melton, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa.
  • Carla Lester, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • Michelle Branton, Garden City Community College, Garden City.
  • Stephanie Li, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Chris Rose, Portland Community College, Portland, Ore.
  • Matt Schumacher, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Ore.
  • Michelle Pinkard, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
  • Sarah RudeWalker, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.
  • Erin Ranft, University of Texas at San Antonio.

The Project on the History of Black Writing is located in the Department of English, a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at KU. For the last 30 years, HBW has been engaged in researching and recovering black writers and their works and has sponsored 15 publicly funded projects with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more details about the public events and the institute itself, visit the Don’t Deny My Voice website.