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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Quraysh Ali Lansana  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Children;

Born: 1964 in Enid, Oklahoma

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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).


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