Award-winning Poet to Speak at KU on African-American Literature
Keith Gilyard, an award-winning poet, biographer and distinguished scholar in English studies at Penn State University, will deliver the 2008-09 John F. Eberhardt Lecture at the University of Kansas.
Gilyard will speak on “Literacies of a Lifetime: Literature, Ethnicity, Code” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct 6, in Alderson Auditorium at the Kansas Union. The public lecture is free and is sponsored by KU’s Department of English.
Gilyard’s interests are wide-ranging and include African-American literacy and literature, African-American rhetoric, critical race studies, sociolinguistics and writing pedagogy.
A frequent contributor to journals and scholarly collections, Gilyard is the author of “Liberation Memories: The Rhetoric and Poetics of John Oliver Killens” and “Voices of the Self: A Study of Language Competence.” He has edited or co-edited “Rhetoric and Ethnicity,” “African American Literature” (with Anissa Wardi) and “Race, Rhetoric, and Composition.” He is the author of two volumes of poetry, “How I Figure: Poems” and “Poemographies,” and is editor of “Spirit and Flame: An Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry.” His most recent work is “Composition and Cornel West: Notes toward a Deep Democracy.”
He has received numerous awards, including Penn State’s prestigious Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts and Humanities in 2006 and the Penn State Class of 1933 Medal of Distinction in the Humanities in 2005. He was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent in 2002.
David G. Holmes, author of “Revisiting Racialized Voice,” has said, “Keith Gilyard’s scholarship is superlative, demonstrating a command of canonized and contemporary disciplines, including philosophy, rhetoric, composition, American literature and African-American expressive culture.”