CNM English program instructor Dr. Jessica Maggie Brophy knows that students deal with a lot of stress at the end of each term. That’s why Jessica worked with Wellness CNM to create a journaling workshop at the end of this month that will help students end the term in a focused and calm way. Read […]
Portfolio – 3 Columns
This article on Paulette Childress White (1948–) is published in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers (2007). White is an American poet from Michigan. She stated in Contemporary Authors Online 2002: “I write from a sense of irony, because I want to make sense of my experience of life. I am also a painter. I write and paint because I have a need to give substance to my ideas, feelings, and experiences, and because I believe it is good and important work.”
Lotus Press, a non-profit literary organization, still publishes both of White’s major works of poetry—Love Poem to a Black Junkie (1975) and The Watermelon Dress: Portrait of a Woman (1983). White’s short story, “Getting the Facts of Life” (1989) was anthologized in three different publications from 1991-1993.
This article, published in African American Culture: An Encyclopedia of People, Traditions, and Customs (2020), gives an overview of womanism as a social theory developed by African and African American women. The theory critiques all forms of oppression (racism, classism, and sexism). Becoming popular in the 1980s, womanism grew out of a dissatisfaction with the white feminist movement’s focus on Eurocentric ideals and strict gender-based oppression, and the exclusion of men.
This article, published in Contemporary Literary Criticism (2014), is a biographical overview of the contemporary American poet, Sharon Olds, as well as a thematic overview of her poetry collections. I am named as the Volume Advisor, and I wrote the overview.
As a whole, the interview (2018) gives readers an intimate look at the range of sublime experiences in Derricotte’s work and a historical recollection of other female poets who have shaped and supported her vision of poetry when she was still a young artist. Derricotte also discusses the current metaphor that is driving her new work and highlights how writers can find surrogate families among their readers when their biological families fail them.
Managing Editor, Aileen Keenan, of the African American Review, writes: “It’s really a brilliant interview, one of the best we’ve published. I think our readers will enjoy it quite a bit.”
Poet Toi Derricotte writes: “You did a wonderful job connecting important, important concepts. You helped me put connections in place between my work, my mind and heart, and my spirit. You’ve helped to fit me together. Thank you. So glad we worked together.”