Center for Faculty Innovation

Teaching Black: Panel Discussion (Online Scholarly Talk)

Tue, 18 Oct 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

In collaboration with the Furious Flower Poetry Center, the CFI is pleased to present a program exploring the edited collection: Teaching Black: The Craft of Teaching on Black Life and Literature. JMU will be joined by the book’s editors, Ana Maurine Lara and drea brown, as well as chapter author Lauren K. Alleyne, Executive Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center.

The text presents the experiences and voices of Black creative writers who are also teachers. The authors engage poetry, fiction, experimental literature, playwriting, and literary criticism, as well as provide historical and theoretical interventions and practical advice for teachers and students of literature and craft that can also be applied to a wide range of fields and disciplines. Presenters will share excerpts from the edited collection and facilitate a discussion with participants.


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Presenters Bios 

Lauren K. Alleyne is a Professor of English at James Madison University and the Executive Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center.
drea brown is a poet-scholar and author of dear girl: a reckoning, winner of the Gold Line Press 2014 chapbook prize. brown’s forthcoming book, Conjuring the Haint: The Haunting Poetics of Black Women is concerned with haunting and grief, and the impact of these states of being on Black women’s lives and literature.
Ana-Maurine Lara is a national award-winning novelist, poet, and scholar. She is the author of Erzulie’s SkirtKohnjehr Woman, and When the Sun Once Again Sang to the People. Her academic books include Queer Freedom: Black Sovereignty and Streetwalking: LGBTQ Lives and Protest in the Dominican Republic. Lara’s work focuses on questions of Black and Indigenous freedom.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only, unless otherwise noted. 

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