Quraysh Ali Lansana
His books of poetry include cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms (1995), Southside Rain (2000), They Shall Run (2004) and Mystic Turf (2012). Poet Susan Wheeler commented on They Shall Run, his collection of poems based on the life of Harriet Tubman: “Lansana has re-imag(in)ed her heroism—a moment of grace in this sad, great country’s history—and he lights her stubbornness and devotion and courage with his rich language.”
Lansana received the 1999 Henry Blakely Award (presented by Gwendolyn Brooks) and the 2000 Poet of the Year Award from Chicago’s Black Book Fair. He is the author of a children’s book, The Big World (1999), and co-editor of Dream of a Word: The Tia Chucha Press Poetry Anthology (2006) and Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art (2002).
Lansana lives in Chicago with his wife and children; a former director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing, he is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Chicago State University. He also offers poetry workshops for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Audio & PodcastsChicago Poetry Tour Podcast
The DuSable Museum is one of the nation's premier institutions dedicated to the history, art, and culture of the African diaspora. Quraysh Ali Lansana reads from his collection They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems.
Follow the Drinking Gourd
Quraysh Ali Lansana channels the voice of Harriet Tubman.