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CLA JOURNAL 213 CONTRIBUTORS Dr. Elizabeth Brown-Guillory currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Theatre at Texas Southern University (TSU). Prior to joining the faculty at TSU, she served as an English professor at the University of South Carolina—Upstate, Dillard University, and University of Houston. Over the course of her career, she has won five teaching excellence awards and published four books, ten plays, and a number of seminal essays in refereed journals as well as has had her plays produced in Denver, Los Angeles, Houston, New York City, New Orleans, Mobile, and Chicago, to name a few. She has delivered over 200 lectures nationally and internationally and has written, directed, and produced plays for over thirty years. Amy Bryan is a visual artist and educator born in 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She creates drawings, prints, and mixed media art. Bryan’s subject-matter is often memories, portraits, and figures. She has a Master of Fine Arts from Howard University with a concentration in printmaking and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Xavier University of Louisiana. Jalylah Burrell is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in American Studies and African American Studies and previously held the Ida B. Wells-BarnettPostdoctoralFellowshipintheAfricanandBlackDiasporaDepartment at DePaul University. She is currently at work on the book project, “Capacity for Laughter: Black Women and the American Comedic Tradition,” an interdisciplinary study of race, gender, and comedy. Eve Lorane Brown is the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California Berkeley and the Lionel Cantu Postdoctoral Scholar in Feminist and Gender Studies. Dr. Brown, who identifies as a Black Feminist Psychologist, earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Trudier Harris is University Distinguished Research Professor of English at the University of Alabama and formerly the J. Carlyle Sitterson Distinguished Professor of English at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Her publications include Fiction and Folklore: The Novels of Toni Morrison (1991), The Scary MasonDixon Line: African American Writers and the South (2009), and Martin Luther King Jr., Heroism, and African American Literature (2014), among others. In 2014, UNC Chapel Hill established the“Trudier Harris Distinguished Professorship.”In 2018,she received various honors and accolades: the Richard Beale Davis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Southern Literary Studies, Clarence E. Cason Award for Nonfiction Writing, and National Humanities Center Fellowship for 2018-2019. 214 CLA JOURNAL Contributors Dyane Harvey-Salaam is a founding member and assistant to director Abdel R. Salaam of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company and dance educator at Princeton and Hofstra Universities. Performances with the concert dance companies of Eleo Pomare, Joan Miller, George Faison, Otis Sallid, Jelon Vieira prepared her for a career on/off Broadway, which ultimately paved the way for an inspirational collaborative relationship with Ntozake Shange.As an original cast member of “Spell #7” and “Boogie Woogie Landscapes,” as well as choreographer for “Hydraulics Phat Like Mean” and “Lavender Lizards, Lilac Landmines, Layla’s Dream,” she believes the most thrilling aspects of her connection to Zaki happened when sharing time/space in performance together, often best realized in unusual settings. Quanda Johnson is a Fulbright Scholar and doctoral student in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at University of Wisconsin - Madison.As a Dean’s Graduate Scholar at New York University’s Gallatin School (MA 2017), she presented her work, In Search of Negroland: a different study of the negro race and The Ballad of Anthony Crawford: a love letter to america at the Gallatin Art Festivals 2016 and 2017, respectively. A performer from Broadway to grand opera, she seeks ways to utilize performance to disrupt and consequently alter entrenched, cyclical conversations about Blackness and the African Diaspora. All her creative work and scholarship is dedicated to the memory of the first artist in her life: her mother, Vernetta. Jacqueline M. Jones is Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College. Dr. Jones is currently the Program Director of LaGuardia’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Option in Liberal Arts, and a Writing Program...


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