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“WRITERS ON WRITING” RADIO SHOW (REPLAY)
May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
About the Episode
Dr. Brenda Greene interviews African American literary scholar Dr. Maryemma Graham. This interview continues the discussion on John A. Williams and Paule Marshall, which started at the 2021 National Black Writers Biennial Symposium hosted by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. Greene and Graham discuss the value and importance of documenting the work of African American writers and how the digitalization of this work will ensure their legacy. Graham, through the History of Black Writing Project, is recovering and highlighting Black writers whose work has not been given attention. The Project is currently located in the Department of English within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas. Greene and Graham also discuss her NEH Summer Institutes that focus on teaching the work of Black writers and her project on the life of Margaret Walker. For more information on the History of Black Writing Project, visit hbw.ku.edu.
About the Guest
Dr. Maryemma Graham is a university distinguished professor in the department of English at the University of Kansas. In 1983, she founded the Project on the History of Black Writing, which has been at the University of Kansas since 1999. She has more than 10 published books, including The Cambridge History of African American Literature with Jerry W. Ward, Jr. (2011), The Cambridge Companion to the African American Novel (2004), Fields Watered with Blood: Critical Essays on Margaret Walker (2002), Teaching African American Literature: Theory and Practice (1998), and The Complete Poems of Frances E. W. Harper (1988). Graham has more than 100 essays, book chapters, and creative works. Her public humanities initiatives and international projects include The Langston Hughes National Poetry Project, 2002–2005, the Language Matters teaching initiative for the Toni Morrison Society 2003–2010, the Haiti Research Initiative 2011, and “Don’t Deny My Voice,” whose first summer institute on African American poetry was held in 2013. Graham has been a John Hope Franklin Fellow at the National Humanities Center, an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, and a Ford and Mellon Fellow.
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