Jerald Walker is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Emerson College. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays, Best African American Essays, The Missouri Review, and The Iowa Review, among others.
In 1941 Brown, in collaboration with Arthur P. Davis and Ulysses Lee, compiled and edited The Negro Caravan, a comprehensive anthology of African American essays, poetry, short stories, folklore, and drama. The editors amassed works from various eras and regions to demonstrate how the expression of black writers, despite their like-minded rejection of popular stereotypes and a common racial cause, represented no single literary form or one unique cultural pattern. Their intent was to present a truthful mosaic of negro characters that would help represent the true black experience in America.
African American History Essays
Erika Meitner is the author of four books of poetry—most recently Copia (BOA Editions, 2014), and Ideal Cities (HarperCollins, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner. Her poems and essays have been anthologized widely in volumes including The Best American Poetry 2011, Best African American Essays: 2010, and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. Originally from Great Neck, New York, she earned her BA from Dartmouth College, and her MFA in creative writing and MA in religious studies from the University of Virginia. Currently, she is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches in the MFA program in creative writing, and lives in the mountains with her husband and two young sons. As a Fulbright Scholar, she will be teaching and working on her 5th poetry collection, Fragments from Holymoleyland at Queen’s University Belfast.