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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Quraysh Ali Lansana  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1964 in Enid, Oklahoma

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Illinois Connection

Lansana lived in Chicago. He 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.

Biographical and Professional Information

Quraysh Ali Lansana is a poet, author, editor and professor.

His edited works include: The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience & Change Agent, w/Georgia A. Popoff (Haymarket Books, 2017); Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writings of Gwendolyn Brooks w/Sandra Jackson-Opoku (Curbside Splendor, 2017); and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop w/Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall (Haymarket Books, 2015).


The Skin of Dreams

Starred Review, Booklist, 2019

Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom & Community

Nominee, NAACP Image Award, 2012

Other Awards

Securing the Future Award, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, 2006

Poet of the Year Award, Chicago's Black Book Fair, 2000

Henry Blakely Award, Gwendolyn Brooks, 1999

Wallace W. Douglas Distinguished Service Award, Young Chicago Authors, Inc., 1999

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

A gift from Greensboro :
ISBN: 0997221917. OCLC Number: 952971601

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A Gift from Greensboro is a celebration of the magic of childhood friendship and adventure, and a meditation on growing up in the wake of the sit-ins that ushered in the Civil Rights Movement. The poem recognizes that true friendship knows no boundaries, and this is the true gift from Greensboro--Adapted from flap of front cover.

City of the big shoulders :
ISBN: 9781609380908. OCLC Number: 756044631

University of Iowa Press,. .

Chicago has served as touchstone and muse to generations of writers and artists defined by their relationship to the city's history, lore, inhabitants, landmarks, joys and sorrows, pride and shame. The poetic conversations inspired by Chicago have long been a vital part of America's literary landscape, from Carl Sandburg and Gwendolyn Brooks to experimental writers and today's slam poets. The one hundred contributors to this vibrant collection take their materials and their inspirations from the city itself in a way that continues this energetic dialogue--Publisher.

Mystic turf :
ISBN: 9780985287757. OCLC Number: 826870689

Willow Books,. .

Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom & Community
ISBN: 0915924285. OCLC Number: 721413469

Teachers & Writers Collaborative . .

Southside rain /
ISBN: 0883782197. OCLC Number: 44153434

Third World Press,. .

The skin of dreams :
ISBN: 1733647406. OCLC Number: 1107321301

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The Walmart republic :
ISBN: 9780990320401. OCLC Number: 891587315

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They shall run :
ISBN: 0883782642. OCLC Number: 54960416

Third World Press,. .