Short Bio 


Poet, memoirist, and fiction writer Shonda Buchanan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Hampton University teaching creative writing, composition, essay writing, editing, and research. Author of Who’s Afraid of Black Indians?, which was nominated for the Literary of Virginia Literary Contest and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards, and editor of Voices from Leimert Park, Shonda is an award-winning poet whose expertise includes Narrative Nonfiction, Contemporary American, African American, American Indian and Women's Literature, and Comparative Literature, as well as canonical texts. She freelanced for the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle, and Indian Country Today. She commentated for Marketplace Radio, and was featured on National Public Radio’s Tell Me More. A culture and literary arts ambassador, her presentations, workshops and lectures demonstrate her passion for exploring gender, ethnicity, family, heritage, landscape, environment and ancestry. For more information, visit: www.shondabuchanan.com, or Poets & Writers. 

 

Longer Bio


Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Hampton University since 2004, Shonda Buchanan teaches creative writing, composition, magazine writing and editing, and research. An award-winning poet, her expertise includes Narrative Nonfiction, Contemporary American, African American, and American Indian Literature, Comparative Literature, as well as canonical texts. As a culture and literary arts ambassador, lecturer and workshop leader, her presentations at the Delta Arts Center, “Black Indians in North Carolina and Virginia,” “Lakota Star Quilts,” and a discussion around her book, “The Inheritance of Black Indians and the U.S. Census,” demonstrate her passion for exploring heritage, landscape, environment and ancestry. After attending the Advanced Studies Abroad Board meeting in Bath, England in June in her role as Academic Advisor, July will find Shonda presenting in Athens, Greece on the Legacy and Landscape of Black Indians in America. Her two Black History Month film discussions at the Pearl Bailey Library in Newport News, VA, highlighted interracial marriage and the Freedom Rider of the Civil Rights movement.

 

As a journalist and professor, she engages issues of race, class, gender, technology and environment. For the last twenty years, Shonda's work has focused on culture, women, bi-raciality and identity, African American and American Indian narratives. Her poetry and essays have been featured in numerous anthologies including, Art Meets Literature: An Undying Love Affair, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature, Geography of Rage: Remember the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, and Catch the Fire!!! A Cross-Generational Anthology of Contemporary African-American Poetry, Rivendale, LongStoryShort, and Voices from Leimert Park, a poetry anthology which she edited. Her essay, “Ethnicity,” was published as a book chapter in the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Shonda is an Eloise Klein-Healy Scholarship recipient, a Sundance Institute fellow and a PEN Center Emerging Voice fellow. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Community Foundation, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She freelanced for the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle, and Indian Country Today. She commentated for Marketplace Radio, and was featured on National Public Radio’s Tell Me More. Shonda has lectured and taught workshops at a number of colleges and universities including http://cnu.edu/writers/presenters.htm, Norfolk State University, University of Richmond, and Antioch University, as well as in Bath, England and other U.S. public libraries, organizations, and conferences.

 

Holding a B.A. and M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Shonda’s first collection of poetry, Who's Afraid of Black Indians?, was published in 2012 by Poetica Publishing and explores the complexities of bi-raciality, and the intersection between Blacks and Native Americans. 2006-2008 Virginia Poet Laureate Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda wrote that the book is a, powerful narrative and dense, vibrant language…in riveting detail and sometimes raw parlance, the poems...shed light on the author’s growing awareness of a need to celebrate an ancestry through verse and vernacular, memorable and spiritual.”  A blended learning expert, Shonda is currently working on a book about Black Indians and the Migration Trail, two books of poetry, and a novel. For more information, visit: www.shondabuchanan.com, or Poets & Writers.

 

Articles About Author

http://www.dailypress.com/entertainment/books/writers-block-blog/dp-writers-block--buchanan-publishes-poems-20120917,0,5523213.post

http://articles.dailypress.com/2012-04-05/entertainment/dp-fea-pfac-poetry-0406-20120405_1_los-angeles-poetry-scene-top-poets-poet-laureate

http://articles.dailypress.com/2012-09-17/news/dp-nws-ednotebook-0918-20120917_1_c-span-bus-book-release-party-c-span-s-campaign

 

Courses Developed/Taught

  • American Literature
  • African American Literature
  • Creative Writer’s Workshop (Master Poetry and Fiction Courses)
  • Defining Culture, Identity, Gender and Environment through Literary and Visual Textual Analysis
  • Elements of Fiction
  • Freshman Composition
  • Haunts and Hovels of the Harlem Renaissance Expatriate Writers
  • Honors English: Discovering Narrative Nonfiction
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
  • Multicultural Poetry (Voices in the Garden/Poetry Across Cultures)
  • Senior Seminar I/II–Critical Theory of Narrative Nonfiction
  • The Persistence of Light vs. Dark in Literature, Film and Legislature
  • Writing, Reading and Identity
  • Writing Narrative Nonfiction for Self, Magazines and Literary Journals
  • Writing for Magazines
  • Writing Research Papers
 

Book Discussions

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