Quraysh Ali Lansana
Pen Name: None
Born: 1964 in Enid, Oklahoma
Photo Credit: Melissa Wilson: Artful Photography
Lansana lives in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional Information
Quraysh Ali Lansana is the author of eight poetry books, three textbooks, three children's books, editor of eight anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy. He is a faculty member of the Creative Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a former faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. Lansana served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University from 2002-2011, where he was also Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing until 2014.
He earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he was a Departmental Fellow. He has been a literary teaching artist and curriculum developer for over a decade and has led workshops in prisons, public schools, and universities in over 30 states.
Lansana's work has been published widely in journals and magazines across the country and internationally, including Callaloo, American Poetry Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. Along with the books listed below, he has written the chapbooks reluctant minivan (2014), bloodsoil (sooner red) (2009), Greatest Hits: 1995-2005 (2006), and cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms (1995). He has also co-edited, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop with Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall (2015), Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks with Sandra Jackson-Opoku, (2017) and The Whiskey of our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience and Change Agent with Georgia A. Popoff (2017).
- The Big World, Addison-Wesley, 1999
- Southside Rain , Third World Press, 2000
- They Shall Run, Harriet Tubman Poems, Third World Press, 2004
- African American Poetry, Just Us Books, 2006
- Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, & Social Justice in Classroom & Community, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 2011 - written with Georgia A. Popoff
- mystic turf, Aquarius Press, 2012
- The Walmart Republic, Mongrel Empire Press, 2014 - written with Christopher H. Stewart
- A Gift from Greensboro, Penny Candy Books, 2016
Titles at Your Library
They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems
Release Date: 2007-04-01
Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, & Social Justice in Classroom & Community
Release Date: 2011-02-01
Release Date: 2012-10-15
A Gift from Greensboro
Release Date: 2016-10-11
Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom & Community written with Georgia A. Popoff
- 2012 NAACP Image Award nominee
Stand Alone Awards:
- Passage, his poetry video collaboration with Kurt Heintz, won the first ever Image Union/Bob Award from WTTW-TV (PBS) *Securing the Future Award, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, 2006
- Poet of the Year Award, Chicago's Black Book Fair, 2000
- Henry Blakely Award, presented by Gwendolyn Brooks, 1999
- Wallace W. Douglas Distinguished Service Award, Young Chicago Authors, Inc., 1999
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
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