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Shaping memories : reflections of African American women writers /
edited by Joanne Veal Gabbin.
imprint
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2009.
description
xvi, 245 p.
ISBN
1604732741 (alk. paper), 9781604732740 (alk. paper)
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Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2009.
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1604732741 (alk. paper)
9781604732740 (alk. paper)
contents note
A distant star called possibility : Wintergreen / Nikki Giovanni -- Wintergreen and alaga syrup : a writer's reflections on memory, writing, and place / Carmen R. Gillespie -- From "Shaping the world of my art" / Paule Marshall -- Outside of dreams / Ethel Morgan Smith -- The case of the reluctant reader : she who reads last ... / Sandra Y. Govan -- Parting the blue miasma / Kendra Hamilton -- New kid on the block / Joanne Veal Gabbin -- Obstacles or opportunities : the wisdom to know the difference / Elizabeth Brown-Guillory -- The faith walk of writing : connecting head and heart / Marilyn Sanders Mobley -- Silence, a dangerous luxury : on my return from exile / Linda Williamson Nelson -- Of history and healing / Janus Adams -- The conscientious outsider / Camille Dungy -- The mother's board / Opal Moore -- My father's passage / Mari Evans -- A blessed life / Maryemma Graham -- A birth and a death, or, Everything important happens on Monday / Daryl Cumber Dance -- Ambrosia / Nikky Finney -- Cotton pickin' authority / Trudier Harris -- The first time I saw Big Daddy grinning / Lovalerie King -- On gardening, or, A love supreme / Joyce Pettis -- A very good year / Hermine Pinson -- Bury the thought / Karla FC Holloway -- The death of the mother / Eugenia Collier -- A remembrance / Sonia Sanchez -- The night I stopped singing like Billie Holiday / Toi Derricotte -- Rites, rituals, and creative ceremonies : a social history of the Wintergreen Women Writers' Collective / Sandra Y. Govan -- Poetry reading : a coda / Opal Moore.
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6947708
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Essays by twenty-five prominent writers who reveal decisive moments in their careers
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This work brings together a collection of short essays by 25 notable African American female writers that offer an insightful overview of the concerns and thematic issues facing contemporary African American women writers.
Main Description
Shaping Memoriesoffers short essays by notable black women writers on pivotal moments that strongly influenced their careers. With contributions from such figures as novelist Paule Marshall, folklorist Daryl Cumber Dance, poets Mari Evans and Camille Dungy, essayist Ethel Morgan Smith, and scholar Maryemma Graham, the anthology provides a thorough overview of the formal concerns and thematic issues facing contemporary black women writers. Editor Joanne Veal Gabbin offers an introduction that places these writers in the context of American literature in general and African American literature in particular. Each essay includes a headnote summarizing the writer's career and aesthetic development. In their pieces these women negotiate educational institutions and societal restrictions and find their voices despite racism, sexism, and religious chauvinism. They offer strong testimony to the power of words to heal, transform, and renew.
Main Description
Shaping Memoriesoffers short essays by notable black women writers on pivotal moments that strongly influenced their careers. With contributions from such figures as novelist Paule Marshall, folklorist Daryl Cumber Dance, poets Mari Evans and Camille Dungy, essayist Ethel Morgan Smith, and scholar Maryemma Graham, the anthology provides a thorough overview of the formal concerns and thematic issues facing contemporary black women writers.Editor Joanne Veal Gabbin offers an introduction that places these writers in the context of American literature in general and African American literature in particular. Each essay includes a headnote summarizing the writerÂ’s career and aesthetic development. In their pieces these women negotiate educational institutions and societal restrictions and find their voices despite racism, sexism, and religious chauvinism. They offer strong testimony to the power of words to heal, transform, and renew.
Main Description
"The essayists featured here are members of the Wintergreen Women Writers' Collective"--Introd.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. XI
Introductionp. XIII
Women in Community
A Distant Star Called Possibility Wintergreenp. 3
Wintergreen and Alaga Syrup A Writer's Reflections on Memory, Writing, and Placep. 7
From ""Shaping the World of My Art""p. 14
Outside of Dreamsp. 22
Negotiating the Academy
The Case of the Reluctant Reader She Who Reads Lastp. 35
Parting the Blue Miasmap. 44
New Kid on the Blockp. 51
Obstacles or Opportunities The Wisdom to Know the Differencep. 60
The Faith Walk of Writing Connecting Head and Heartp. 71
Silence...A Dangerous Luxury
On My Return from Exilep. 85
Of History and Healingp. 94
The Conscientious Outsiderp. 102
The Mother's Boardp. 110
Spirit Houses
My Father's Passagep. 123
A Blessed Lifep. 129
A Birth and a Death, or Everything Important Happens on Mondayp. 138
Ambrosiap. 142
What Roots Us
Cotton Pickin' Authorityp. 155
The First Time I Saw Big Daddy Grinningp. 163
On Gardening, or A Love Supremep. 171
A Very Good Yearp. 178
A Sanctuary of Words
Bury the Thoughtp. 195
The Death of the Motherp. 198
A Remembrancep. 212
The Night I Stopped Singing like Billie Holidayp. 215
Afterword: Rites, Rituals, and Creative Ceremonies A Social History of the Wintergreen Women Writers' Collectivep. 219
Poetry Reading A Codap. 233
Contributorsp. 237
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