Professor of English and Founder and Director, Furious Flower Poetry Center
Office: Cardinal House
Courses: Not teaching Spring 2015
Awards and Professional Activities:
The College Language Association Creative Scholarship Award
for Sterling A. Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic
The James Madison University
Faculty Women’s Caucus and Women’s Resource Network for
(1988), and the Outstanding Faculty Award, Virginia State Council
Founder and Organizer of the
Wintergreen Women Writers’ Collective.
Organizer and Director of the historic Furious Flower: A Revolution in African American Poetry
conference that brought 35 renowned poets and
critics to James Madison University in 1994. Two books and a
video anthology were produced from that conference.
Organizer and Director, the second Furious Flower poetry conference, 2004
Video anthology, California Newsreel, September 2005
Recipient, JMU Provost’s Award for Distinguished
Service and the JMU Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award
Inductee, International Literary
Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, October
Sterling A. Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic
Tradition (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985;
reprinted Charlottesville: University
Press of Virginia, 1994)
Essays contained in
in the Whirlwind: Afra-American culture and the contemporary literary renaissance, ed. Joanne M. Braxton and Andree Nicola McLaughlin (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1990).
Southern Women Writers: The New Generation, ed. Tonette
Bond Inge (Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 1990).
Articles in The Dictionary of Literary
Biography, The Zora Neale Hurston Forum, The Oxford
Women’s Writing, The Langston Hughes Journal, Callaloo, The
Oxford Companion to African American Literature, and Black Books