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Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of numerous books of poetry and prose, including The Walmart Republic, with Christopher Stewart, (Mongrel Empire Press, 2014) and mystic turf (Willow Books, 2012); and editor of several poetry anthologies and texts on the intersection of literature, pedagogy, and social justice. He is a faculty member of the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also a former faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, and 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. Lansana is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2006 Securing the Future Award from ETA Creative Arts Foundation; the 2000 Poet of the Year Award, presented by Chicago's Black Book Fair; the 1999 Henry Blakely Award, presented by Gwendolyn Brooks; and the 1999 Wallace W. Douglas Distinguished Service Award, presented by Young Chicago Authors, Inc.
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