A Few of My Favorite Things
In a workshop along the way, a well published trade writer admonished that, of course, 'writers write.' I've been fortunate to share with a community of students, general readers and colleagues some of these works. These publications reflect more than three decades of oral and written literary and cultural historical research, global engagement with scholars and practitioners, and active living in and between West Africa and the United States. Although scholarly, most works are also accessible to the general reader.
My creative writing and non-specialist publications invite the curious, eclectic reader, the seeker. A passion for bringing research to life mirrors my public speaking, adventures with multimedia projects, and creative writing. Currently putting the finishing touches on a collection of essays and creative non-fiction along with updating another manuscript, my new focus is the intrigue of genealogy and meandering roads of life in narrative, poetry, and song.
Published in "The Mentor That Matters: inspiration from transformative teachers, role models, and heroes," volume 1. Edited by Suzanne Fox. Stories of You Books, 2016: 189-192.
"Connecting the Literacy Puzzle: Linking the Professional, Personal, and Social Perspectives." Edited by Joanne Kilgour Dowdy and Sandra Golden
“At the Crossroads of Time." An Essay on August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Providence, Rhode Island: Trinity Repertory Theatre, Humanities Booklet #5, February 1989.
"Playing a Blue Note." An essay on August Wilson's Ma Rainy's Black Bottom. Providence, Rhode Island: Trinity Repertory Theater, Humanities Booklet #3, December 1987, 7-11.
"Ijapa: The Trickster Tortoise." (Playbill essay), The Trick Track Tales, a performance of Black World Folklore. Providence, Rhode Island: Rites and Reason Theater, Brown University, May 1986, 3.
"A Giant Statement", a review of Soyinka's 'A Play of Giants', Yale Repertory Theater. In Hantu: Newsletter of the New England Regional Conference on Black Studies. 6,2 (Spring 1985), 4.