I am Managing Editor of the open-access, peer-reviewed Journal for Interactive Technology & Pedagogy this year. Yesterday, Issue 4 (edited by Stephen Klein and Leila Walker) launched. I learned a lot in the process of getting this issue out and I’m looking forward to working with the Editorial Collective on the upcoming issues. There are some great articles… Continue reading Launch of Issue 4 of the Journal for Interactive Technology & Pedagogy
I went to the Modernist Studies Association conference this August. It was at the University of Sussex, near Brighton. On the “Everydayness and the Spanish Civil War” panel, I presented on a scrapbook that Nancy Cunard assembled with materials documenting the Spanish Civil War and Republican exile in France. I also participated in Rachel Farebrother… Continue reading Dinner Plates
I glammed a notebook with the Text Textile Texture Studio last week.
Yesterday I visited the Guardian News & Media Archive in London, which is located in the newspaper’s offices. I was there to read clippings from the Spanish Civil War, when the paper was the Manchester Guardian, and Nancy Cunard was sending dispatches from the Pyrenees. As I walked in, there was a headline on a… Continue reading clippings & historic events
This past weekend, I went to Boston for the American Literature Association Conference. I presented a paper “Don’t You Want to Be Free?: Questions of Emancipation in 1930s African American Theatre” on an American Theatre & Drama Society panel. My paper focused on Langston Hughes’s play Don’t You Want To Be Free? and his Harlem… Continue reading Don’t You Want to Be Free?
I reviewed Brian Dolinar’s Black Cultural Front: Black Writers and Artists of the Depression Generation for the Graduate Center Advocate. With chapters on the National Negro Congress, Langston Hughes, Chester Himes, and the cartoonist Ollie Harrington, Dolinar makes the case that the black cultural front (and its antiracist, left politics) established in the 1930s continued… Continue reading Recovering the Black Cultural Front
We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan, Grayed in, and gray. “Dream” makes a giddy sound, not strong Like “rent,” “feeding a wife,” “satisfying a man.” –from Gwendolyn Brooks’s “kitchenette building” in “A Street in Bronzeville.” This May Day, I read Selected Poems of Gwendolyn Brooks over my oatmeal, before travelling around… Continue reading “First fight. Then fiddle.”
Lost & Found Series III is now available through Small Press Distribution. Series III includes my Langston Hughes, Nancy Cunard & Louise Thompson: Poetry, Politics & Friendship in the Spanish Civil War, and: Edward Dorn: The Olson Memorial Lectures, ed. Lindsey M. FreerJoanne Kyger: Letters To & From, ed. Ammiel Alcalay & Joanne KygerJohn Wieners & Charles Olson:… Continue reading Lost & Found Series III on SPD
I reviewed Ellen Gruber Garvey’s Writing With Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance for the Graduate Center Advocate. Read the review here. Ellen Gruber Garvey posted my review on her Scrapbook History blog with a really nice note.