Race and Poetry in America

Volume 10 of the Race & in America series, an enhanced exploration of the origins, history, and legacies of anti-Black racism in the U.S., designed to deepen knowledge and awareness in the service of promoting a more just and inclusive community and world.

Race & Poetry in America

Panel Discussion


Colin C D Channer, Associate Professor of Literary Arts
Erica Hunt, Bonderman Associate Professor of the Practice of Literary Arts
Sawako Nakayasu, Assistant Professor of Literary Arts
Brian W E Meeks, Professor of Africana Studies (moderator)

Student Voices

Listen to Brown University student-led conversations with the panelists in a series of one-on-one interviews.

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Race & Poetry 101

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New Literary History, Volume 50, Number 4, Autumn 2019
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About the Series

Over the course of the 2020–22 academic years, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown, in partnership with the Office of the Provost, undertook a systematic investigation of the enduring contemporary effects of anti-Black racism in America. Drawing on the expertise of Brown scholars from a range of fields and perspectives, a series of eight webinars generated critical engagements with society’s most fundamental and urgent questions around race. The Race & in America series amplifies the impact and extends the reach of these penetrating discussions through expanded content and resources presented over thirteen volumes.

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