CONFERENCE presentations


In an ongoing attempt to remain an integral part of the scholarly and cultural conversations that literature can evoke, throughout my career thus far, I have participated in a number of conference presentations on vital texts, authors, or movements in the larger scope of U.S. literary history and/or African-American literature that have been vital to documenting the changing social, political, and racial landscape of the larger society. Provide below are the abstracts for those presentations as a sample of the research that I have produced over time. To access the PDF of each abstract, select the book cover or image of the central author examined in the presentation.


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"I will have my voice . . . 
I will overcome the tradition of silence."

—Gloria Anzaldúa

"There is no greater agony 
than bearing an untold story inside you."

—Maya Angelou

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