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Individual Author Record

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Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

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).


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Titles At Your Library


Awards

-- """The Skin of Dreams"""

-- *Starred Review, Booklist, 2019

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

-- *Nominee, NAACP Image Award, 2012

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-- """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