Black Literary Suite: Black Writers with a Kansas Connection

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Langston Hughes.  Gwendolyn Brooks.  Frank Marshall Davis.  Kevin Young. What do they have in common? At various points in their lives, each of them lived in Kansas. Brooks stayed for mere weeks, only living here for a month after she was born, while the others lived in Kansas for years. Next week, on Wednesday, February 25, help close out Black History Month by joining HBW […]

Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement: A Closer Look

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[by Kristin Joi Coffey] The Project on the History of Black Writing is excited to announce our 2015 Summer Institute, Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Annually, the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Education funds a variety of summer institutes for educators. This year, Black Poetry continues the work undertaken by our 2013 institute, […]

Reading List: Staff Recommendations for the National African American Read-In

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Looking for a way to celebrate Black History Month? The National African American Read-In began on Sunday, February 1, and will go through Saturday, February 28. Sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and NCTE, Read-In events “can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media […]

Nathaniel Mackey, Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement Speaker, Awarded 2015 Bollingen Prize

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HBW is proud to congratulate poet Nathaniel Mackey, who will serve as a speaker at HBW’s upcoming NEH Summer Institute Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement, on winning Yale University’s prestigious 2015 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry! “I’m thrilled to learn that I’ve been awarded the Bollingen Prize,” Mackey says. “Joining so distinguished a group of recipients makes it especially moving. I’m deeply honored […]

Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement

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[by Meredith Wiggins] Some of the biggest names in African American poetry will converge on KU this summer when the Project on the History of Black Writing hosts a two-week institute on the subject of Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement. And HBW hopes that you’ll be a part of it. Sponsored by a $156,000 grant from the National Endowment on the Humanities, the […]

HBW Open House and Jayhawk Sneak Peek Weekend

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[by Meredith Wiggins] On October 16 and 17, six prospective graduate students from across the United States visited KU as part of the second annual Jayhawk Sneak Peek Weekend, an initiative dedicated to increasing graduate student diversity in the English Department through recruiting students from traditionally under-enrolled populations. Excited to play a part in this important weekend, HBW elected to hold our official Open House […]