Kathy Lou Schultz

Dr. Kathy Lou Schultz is the Catherine and Charles Freeburg University Professor and Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Memphis. A literary historian, critic, and poet, her research interests include the relationship of the arts to social change, poetry and poetics, Africana Studies, and gender and sexuality studies. Recent projects include scholarship on the Afro-Modernist epic, the Black Arts Movement, Afro-Surrealism in the Caribbean, and San Francisco New Narrative writers.

She is the author of The Afro-Modernist Epic and Literary History: Tolson, Hughes, Baraka, as well as four collections of poems, recently Biting Midge: Works in Prose and Some Vague Wife. Schultz’s articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals including Contemporary LiteratureJacket2Journal of Modern LiteraturePlume Poetry and anthologies: Some Other BluesNew Perspectives on Amiri BarakaThe Companion to Modernist PoetryFrom Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice, and Efforts and Affections: Women Poets on Mentorship. Her poems are published in Bombay GinCleaver MagazineFence MagazineFourteen HillsHamboneMarsh Hawk ReviewMiracle MonocleMirage #4/Period(ical), New American WritingThe Philadelphia Inquirer, and other journals.

Dr. Schultz has been invited to lecture throughout the U.S. and internationally, at universities including the University of Basel (Switzerland); University of Montreal (Canada); University of Fribourg (Switzerland); University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Santa Cruz; Pennsylvania State University; the National Poetry Foundation at the University of Maine; and the Graduate Center of the City of New York. She has given poetry readings at venues including The Poetry Project (New York City); the Kelly Writers House (University of Pennsylvania); New Langston Arts (San Francisco); and the City University of New York. She has also collaborated and performed poetry with musicians in Philadelphia, New York, and Memphis, and on the CD, The Colored Waiting Room, by Dr. Guy’s Musiqology.

She has appeared twice as an invited speaker on the podcast, POEMTALK, a collaboration of the Kelly Writers House, PennSound, and the Poetry Foundation. Dr. Schultz was an invited faculty member for the “Don’t Deny My Voice: Black Poetry After the Black Arts Movement” Institute, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Project on the History of Black Writing at the University of Kansas. She also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Langston Hughes Review. 

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