Quraysh Ali Lansana: A Gift from Greensboro
Join us as we celebrate the release of Quraysh Ali Lansana’s new book for children A Gift from Greensboro. The book, written for ages five and up, is at once an elegy, 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.
Quraysh Ali Lansana is 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 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. Lansana's most recent book, which he co-edited with Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall, is The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop (2015).
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