ASU Associate Professor of English Dr. Jeffery D. Mack is among the scholars selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at its “Don’t Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American Poetry” Summer Institute. The series of workshops will be held July 14 – August 3, on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, KS.
Mack is one of twenty-five national scholars selected for the award that investigates African-American poetry from the early twentieth century to the present and is divided into three week-long segments. The first week focuses on traditions in Black poetry, from 1900 to1960, including modernism and the Harlem Renaissance.
The second week explores the aesthetics and production of Black poetry during the Black Arts era from 1960 to 1980; and week 3 looks at African-American poetry from1980 to the present. Poets to be studied include Paul Laurence Dunbar, James Weldon Johnson, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Robert Hayden, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, Rita Dove, Natasha Tretheway, Terrance Hayes, and Nikky Finney.
Special guests include: Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, Terrance Hayes, Liegh McInnis, E. Ethelbert Miller, Ishmael Reed and Natasha Tretheway.