Department of English
West Chester University
- Professor of English
B.A., Rutgers University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
- Research and Teaching Interests
African American literature; poetry; rhetoric and composition; literary theory; black historical fiction; black feminist literary criticism; slave narratives
- Selected Grants, Honors, and Workshops
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in Contemporary African American Literature. Pennsylvania State University, 2012.
Cave Canem Poetry Workshop in Received Forms. Led by Marilyn Nelson. Adelphi University, 2009.
Callaloo Poetry Workshop, Texas A&M University, 2005.
Cave Canem Poetry Fellow, 1997-99
- Selected Publications (Critical Essays and Reviews)
Review of The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States, eds. Miriam Jiminez Roman and Juan Flores. MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 38.1 (Spring 2013): 171-173. Co-authored with Erin Hurt.
"The High Cost of Freedom: The Strategic Use of Memory and Voice in Lorene Cary’s The Price of a Child.” In Reclaiming Home, Remembering Motherhood, Rewriting History: African American and Afro-Caribbean Women’s Literature in the Twentieth Century. Eds. Verena Thiele and Marie Drews. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, July 2009.
"Claiming Joy and Naming Sorrow: Exploring the Connections Between Womanly Truths and Feminist Practice in Lucille Clifton's Poetry." The Langston Hughes Review 22 (Fall 2008): 19-26.
"Sexual Subversions/Political Inversions: Women’s Poetry and the Politics of the Black Arts Movement." New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement. Eds. Margo Crawford and Lisa Collins. Rutgers University Press, 2006.
"'But Could a Dream Send Up Through Onion Fumes': The Intersections of Race, Gender, and Class in Gwendolyn Brooks' A Street in Bronzeville." EAPSU Online Proceedings, 2004.
"Self-Evident Truths: Love, Complicity, and Critique in Barbara Chase-Riboud’s Sally Hemmings and The President’s Daughter." In Monuments of the Black Atlantic: Slavery and Memory. Eds. Joanne M. Braxton and Maria Diedrich. Book 13 in the Forecaast series. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2004.
"Reader’s Guide." Barbara Chase-Riboud’s Sally Hemings: A Novel. Chicago Review Press, 2009.
"Reader’s Guide." Barbara Chase-Riboud’s The President’s Daughter: A Novel. Chicago Review Press, 2009.
"Audre Lorde." Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. Ed. Fedwa Malti-Douglas. Thompson/Gale Publishers, 2007.
- Selected Publications (Poetry)
"The Kidney." The Healing Muse 13.1 (Fall 2013).
"That’s Right"; "Diversion"; and "Old Maid's Rules." Affilia: The Journal of Women in Social Work 27.4 (November 2012): 449-450.
"Sweetness and the Light Girl, 1938"; "Steel Will,1942"; and "Leaving Bethlehem Steel, 1947." Connotations Press, February 2011.
"Returns"; and "Child, Leaving." PMS: Poem Memoir Story 8 (2008).
"Criminal Family." African American Review 37.4 (Winter 2003): 644.
"C'mon"; "Call and Response"; and "whateva you do." Poems published in various Cave Canem Anthologies, 1997-2001.
"Cherry-baby"; "Parenthood"; and "Holding." 5AM Magazine 13 (August 2000).