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Quryash Ali Lansana (he/him)

Quraysh Ali Lansana is a poet, author and educator.   He is author of nine poetry books, three textbooks, four children's books, editor of eight anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy. He is Tulsa Artist Fellow, Interim Director for the Center for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation and a Professor at Oklahoma State University – Tulsa.  


He is a former faculty member of both the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. Lansana 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.
 
Quraysh is a founding member of Tri-City Collective and Creator and Executive Producer for Focus:  Black Oklahoma.   He earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he was a Departmental Fellow and received his Bachelor of Arts from Chicago State University in African American Studies. 

Selected Publications
Non-fiction 


Seasons: A Gwendolyn Brooks Experience Curriculum Guide 
(Brooks Permissions, TBD) 


Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, and Social Justice in Classroom and Community, with Georgia A. Popoff (Teachers and Writers Collaborative, March 2011) 

 


 

Poetry 


the skin of dreams: new & collected poems, 1995-2018 (The Calliope Group, 2019)

The Walmart Republic, with Christopher Stewart (Mongrel Empire Press, 2014)

 

reluctant minivan (Living Arts Society, 2014) 
 

mystic turf (Willow Books/Aquarius Press, October 2012) 
 

bloodsoil (sooner red) (Voices from The American Land, April 2009) 
 

Greatest Hits: 1995-2005 (Pudding House Publications, 2006) 
 

They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (Third World Press, 2004) 
 

Southside Rain (Third World Press, 2000) 
 

cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms (nappyhead press, 1995) 

 


 

Children’s Literature 


A Gift from Greensboro (Penny Candy Books, 2016) 


The Big World (Addison-Wesley, 1999) 

 


 

Editor: 


We Are: Chicago Photographs and Literature (The Chicago Community Trust, 2016) African American Literature Reader (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2001) 


I Represent: An Anthology of Literary Works from Chicago's Gallery 37 (Tia Chucha Press, 1996) 

 


 

Co-Editor: 


The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience and Change Agent, with Georgia A. Popoff (Haymarket Books, 2017) 


Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writings of Gwendolyn Brooks, with Sandra Jackson-Opoku (Curbside Splendor, 2017). 


The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, with Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall (Haymarket Books, 2015) 


Dream of a Word: A Tia Chucha Press Poetry Anthology, with Toni Asante Lightfoot (Tia Chucha Press, 2005) 


Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, with Tony Medina and Samiya A. Bashir (Third World Press, 2002) 


dream in yourself: An Anthology of Literary Works from Chicago's Gallery 37, with Jenn Morea (Tia Chucha Press,1997) 

 

 
Panels, Contests, and Awards (Selected)
2017 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Washington D.C. Panelist,
Gwendolyn Brooks Tribute 

2017 National Black Writers Conference, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY Moderator,
The Life and Works of Miss Gwendolyn Brooks 

2016 National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C. 
Panelist, US/Japan Artist Fellowship 

2015 Poets & Writers, Inc., New York, NY 
Literary Table Host, Annual Gala 

2014 Ralph Ellison Library, Oklahoma City, OK 
Community Workshop Leader 

2012 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Chicago, IL
Proposal Review Committee 

2012 Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL 
Curatorial Board Member 

2011 Cream City Review, Milwaukee, WI 
Judge, Poetry Contest 

2011 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Washington D.C.
Moderator, “The Youth Voice Amplified: Poetry and Social Justice in the Classroom and Community” 

 
2009-2010 American Library Association 
National Project Scholar, Let’s Talk About It Reading and Discussion Series 

2009-2011 The Writers’ Chronicle of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Contributing Editor 
2009 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Chicago, IL
Moderator, “Tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks” 

Moderator, “Builder of Positive Reality: A Conversation with Haki Madhubuti” 
 
2008-2009 Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL 
Judge: Poetry 

2007 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Atlanta, GA Panelist, “In the Tongue of Our Elders: The Ancestral Voice in the Poetry of the African Diaspora” 

2006 ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Chicago, IL 
Securing the Future Award 

2006 Poets & Writers, Inc., New York, NY 
Literary Table Host, Annual Gala 

2006 Midwestern Voices and Visions Award, Minneapolis, MN Judge: Poetry 

2005-2006 Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago, IL 
Road Scholar Lecturer 

2005 Poets & Writers, Inc., New York, NY 
Literary Table Host, Annual Gala 

2004 National Endowment for the Arts, Washington D.C. 
Panelist, Literary Presenters 

2004 Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL 
Panelist, Literary Organizations 

2004 Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL 
Panelist, City Arts Grants 

2004 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Vancouver, B.C. Moderator, “Brothers in Verse: The Black Male and Contemporary Poetics” 

2004 Cave Canem Retreat for African American Poets, New York, NY Fellow 

2004 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Chicago, IL
Panelist, “Tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks” 

2003 Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL 
Panelist, City Arts Grants 

2003 Poetry Center of Chicago, Chicago, IL 
Judge, American Poets Juried Contest 

2003 Guild Complex Literary Center, Chicago, IL 
Judge, Gwendolyn Brooks Award Juried Contest 

2001 Academy of American Poets Advisory Board, New York, NY  Online Poetry Classroom 

2000 Chicago's Black Book Fair, Chicago, IL 

Poet of the Year 
1999 Henry Blakely Award, presented by Gwendolyn Brooks 

1999 Young Chicago Authors, Inc., Chicago, IL 
Wallace W. Douglas Distinguished Service Award 
 
1997-2000 Guild Complex Literary Center, Chicago, IL 
Board of Directors 

Fall 1999 Ninth Annual Black Writers Conference at Chicago 
State University, Chicago, IL 

Judge for the Hughes, Diop, Knight Award, 
the Gwendolyn Brooks Award and the Poetry Slam 

Fall 1998 Eighth Annual Black Writers Conference at Chicago 
State University, Chicago, IL 

Judge for the Hughes, Diop, Knight Award, the 
Gwendolyn Brooks Award, and the Poetry Slam 

Fall 1997 Seventh Annual Black Writers Conference at Chicago  State University, Chicago, IL 
Judge for the Hughes, Diop, Knight Award, 
the Gwendolyn Brooks Award and the Poetry Slam 

Fall 1997 Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL 
Arts in Education Program roster selection 

Winter 1997 Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL 
Grant Panelist--Multi-Disciplinary Arts 

Winter 1996 Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL 
Judge: Poetry 

Winter 1996 Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL 
Grant Panelist--Multi-Disciplinary Arts

Fall 1996 Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL 
Artstour Program roster selection 

Summer 1995 WTTW-TV (PBS), Chicago, IL 
"Passage," a poetry video collaboration with Kurt 
Heintz, awarded inaugural Image Union/Bob Award. 

Fall 1995 Houston Arts Council, Houston, TX 
Literary Arts Contest Judge: Poetry 
 

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