New Website Offers Resources for the Teaching of African American Poetry

The Project on the History of Black Writing at the University of Kansas has debuted a new website that makes available to the world the content of last summer’s Don’t Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American Poetry Institute. The three-week institute was held on the University of Kansas campus.

Visitors to the site can watch video overviews of the institute’s lectures and poetry readings and listen to and download audio files of past online discussions with award-winning poets that were conducted as part of the institute.

Maryemma Graham, University Professor and director and founder of the Project on the History of Black Writing at the University of Kansas, wants to expand the site by offering content from other seminars and workshops held at other universities. “We want to have a central repository to help people self-educate, do research, and give teachers more resources,” Dr. Graham said.

Professor Graham, who holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, is the co-editor of The Cambridge History of African American Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

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