NYU Black Renaissance Noire Winter 2014 - Page 201

Sterling D. Plumpp, blues poet and essayist, is the author of fourteen books including Home/Bass, (1996) Ornate with Smoke, (1997) Blues Narratives, (1999) and Velvet Bebop Kente Cloth (2003). He is the editor of two anthologies, Somehow We Survive: A collection of South African Writing (1982) and Steel Pudding: Writing from the Gary Historical & Cultural Society Writer’s Workshop (2008). Plumpp is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he served on the faculty in the African American Studies and English Departments. Most recently, he served as a visiting professor in the Master of Fine Arts Program at Chicago State University. In 2009, Valley Voices produced an entire issue of its journal, The Sterling Plumpp Issue, focused on his poetry, interviews and critical explorations of his work. He is the recipient of numerous awards as a blues poet and African American cultural storyteller. Eugene B. Redmond, poet laureate of East St. Louis (IL), has produced several dozen books including Songs from an Afro/Phone (1972), Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry (1976), Memwars: Poetry, Prose & Chants 1962-2012 and posthumously published works of Henry Dumas. In 2007, he retired from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville after teaching 40-plus-years in the U.S. and abroad. Among his awards: An NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, two American Book Awards and an Outstanding Faculty Research Award from California State University-Sacramento. Ishmael Reed’s most recent projects: A play, “The Final Version,” that ran for five weeks at The Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe until January 19th this year. Macy Gray recorded his song, “Be My Monster, Love” accompanied by the great David Murray’s group, Black Saint. Gregory Porter recorded his gospel song, “Army of the Faithful,” and “Hope Is A Thing With Feathers,” a song about immigration. Baraka Books of Montreal will publish his book, The Complete Muhammad Ali, in the Spring of 2015. In September of 2014, he will receive the Furious Flower Award at James Madison University in Virginia. On October 24, 2014, he will be awarded The Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Buffalo. Jane Rhodes is Professor of American Studies and Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Macalester College. In January 2015 she will become Professor and Head of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She studies African Americans, mass media, and social movements and is the author, most recently, of Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon (New Press, 2007). Meha Semwal is a recent graduate from the College of William & Mary, where she double majored in English and Neuroscience. She will be teaching English abroad in Japan this year, and matriculating at medical school in Colorado the next year. She hopes to become a physician-writer, like William Carlos Williams, except not. A true Colorado native, she enjoys intense bouts of tennis, hiking mountain trails, and romantic-novels-duringrainstorms on her days off. Matthew Shenoda is the author of the poetry collections Somewhere Else, (2005) winner of the American Book Award, Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone, (2009) and the forthcoming Tahrir Suite (October 2014). He is currently Associate Professor & Associate Dean of the School of Fine & Performing Arts at Columbia College Chicago. Visit: www.matthewshenoda.com Writer, performer, and educator Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Karma’s Footsteps and the poetry editor of African Voices. Her work has most recently appeared in North American Review, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, The Pierian, and Mosaic. Tallie’s work is the subject of the 2003 short film I Leave My Colors Everywhere. She is the recipient of a 2010 Queens Council on the Arts Grant for her research on herbalists of the African Diaspora. She has taught at York College and Medgar Evers College in NYC. Tallie and Ahi Baraka create music and poetry under the name ‘The Quiet Onez.’ Richard Vine is the managing editor of Art in America magazine and author of the book New China, New Art (2008). “Reed dissolves the traditional novel plot and juxtaposes reality and imagination by using news clips, cartoons, scientific documents court transcripts. The novel includes both human and animal characters connecting Reed’s work to thousands of years of North American story telling, Native Americans having included totemic animals in a story telling tradition that extends backwards for thousands of years. Reed’s grandmother on his father’s side was Cherokee Indian. He constructs a narrative space to question the segregated media’s bias and racism.” Dr. Yuging Lin, PH.d, Beijing Normal University To order, send $20 to: Ishmael Reed Publishing Co. Box 3288 Berkeley, CA 94703 199 Douglas Field, Times Literary Supplement BLACK RENAISSANCE NOIRE “JUICE confirms Ishmael Reed’s place as an inimitable rabble-rouser and satirist of the ‘post-racial’ Obama America…. mischievous, energetic prose turns JUICE into an engaging, troubling and innovative novel.”