Contributors include NAACP Image Award winner Omar Tyree, National Book Award winner Gerald Early, PEN/Faulkner winner David Bradley, NAACP Image Award, Phillis Wheatley Award and California Book Award nominee Arisa White, Cave Canem fellow Nikia Chaney, Harvard W.E.B. DuBois fellow Jaqueline Lima Santos and fellow Brazilian scholar Ana Lucia Silva Souza, UC Berkeley visiting scholar Bonnie Rhee Andreyeyev, University of Alabama doctoral candidate Kemeshia Randle, Texas Southern faculty Kimberly Fain, University of the District of Columbia’s Dr. Cherrie Ann Turpin, Howard University faculty Dennis Winston, poet Juan Delgado (CSU San Bernardino), novelist deb busman (CSU Monterey), African-American literature instructor Alexandria White, San Jose City College professor and UC Davis doctoral candidate Khalid White and actor/activist Lynel Gardner, among others.
Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Editor: Keenan Norris
You already know the topic and the controversy. We want to go deeper.
Our anthology will assemble a collection of scholarly essays, articles, and interviews about street lit. We seek to build upon the short-form commentaries of Gerald Early, Bernice McFadden, Karen Grigsby-Bates, Kristina Graaff, Mark Reynolds and others, and present a wide-ranging exploration of the topic.
This essay collection goes into more extensive and diverse detail than any critical work on the subject has thus far. Not only will we give voice to the competing sides in the debate around street lit’s artistic validity, but the collection also chronicles street lit’s history as a sub-genre within African-American letters about urban spaces dating back decades, the mechanics of its commercial emergence in the 1990s, and its contribution to current understandings of mass incarceration, poverty and violence in America.