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Lauren Russell

Research Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Center for African American Poetry and Poetics

Lauren Russell is a research assistant professor and assistant director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. Her first full-length book, What’s Hanging on the Hush, came out from Ahsahta Press in 2017A 2017 NEA Creative Writing Fellow, she has also received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing , VIDA/the Home School, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Lauren’s chapbook Dream-Clung, Gone came out from Brooklyn Arts Press in 2012, and her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazineboundary 2The Brooklyn Railjubilat, and Bettering American Poetry 2015, among others. Her reviews may be found in publications including Aster(ix)The Volta, and Jacket2. Lauren holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, where she served as co-editor-in-chief of Hot Metal Bridge and received a Distinguished Teaching Award in the English Department.  

Lauren is currently completing a book-length poetic hybrid work entitled “Descent.” The project began when the she acquired a copy of the diary of her great-great-grandfather, a Confederate veteran who fathered twenty children by three of his former slaves, black women who have been silenced by history. “Descent” is at once an investigation, a reclamation, and an insistence on making history as a creative act.

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