Don't Deny My Voice II

July 19 - August 1, 2015

Don’t Deny My Voice II: Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement (DDMV II) is a fifteen-month program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that responds to the resurgence of interest in contemporary poetry, its expanded production and wide circulation. DDMV II continues the work that undertaken by DDMV I during 2013-14 by giving more focused attention to a reassessment of African American poetry during the last fifty years, from 1960 to the present.

Special attention will be paid to the divergent and yet cross-fertilizing trajectories of black poetry since the 1980s, which has produced both the sharp and vocal critiques of spoken word poetry and the refined academic poetry that garners so much critical attention from the literary establishment.


Graham Gabbin Harris Jess Kaminski Leonard Mullen Osbey Pavlic Rambsy
Schultz Shockley Smethurst Walker Ward, Jr. Young Finney Sanchez Kwame Dawes Mackey
Tallie Moore Brown Ellis Strange

The program includes a two-week summer institute for college and university teachers, as well as graduate students, to be held at the University of Kansas. During the 2015-16 academic year the program will also host a series of online, public discussions with a prominent group of intergenerational and award-winning poets, including Harryette Mullen, Tyehimba Jess, Nikky Finney, Kwame Dawes, Nathaniel Mackey, Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, Jessica Care Moore, Jericho Brown, Thomas Sayers Ellis, and Sharan Strange.


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Come and join our faculty and NEH summer scholars in-person and online as we explore and discuss the African American poetic tradition. Read more...

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