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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: 1964 in Enid, Oklahoma



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).

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """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