[Initially published on February 17]
On April 26, I gave a presentation entitled "A Golden Age of Inspiration for Black Men Writers, 1977 - 1997" at the University of Oregon as part of a symposium, "Racial Representations: African American Literature Since 1975," organized by scholar Courtney Thorsson.
My presentation was part of my research and writing project on the works and careers of four prominent writers -- journalist and blogger Ta-Nehisi Coates, comic strip author and cartoonist Aaron McGruder, novelist and essayist Colson Whitehead, and poet and editor Kevin Young. As a supplement to the formal presentation and the symposium, I produced several entries here that provide background information, images, and other related items.
• Keeping up with Erica Edwards
• The Lit. Scholar as Organizer: The Case of Courtney Thorsson
• The value of a small scholarly gathering
• Talking African American poetry at the University Oregon
• Evie Shockley and the Music
• The downside of outliers?
• Final overall claim for the presentation
• Presentation focus & overall claim
• Updated overall claim for presentation
Notes on the 4 focal writers
• Huey Freeman as Jedi Knight
• From Rita Dove to Kevin Young to Lucille Clifton
• Ta-Nehisi Coates, Aaron McGruder & the Kitchen Sink
• NYC as Colson Whitehead's Muse & Canvas
• Notes on the creative domains of Coates, McGruder, Whitehead & Young
• Accomplished black men in the arts born between 1965 - 1975
• A Timeline of Select Inspiration for Black Males, 1977 - 1997
• Kevin Young's book publications
• Colson Whitehead's book publications
• African American poetry since 1976 (a timeline)
• African American novels and novelists since 1975 (timeline)