During my three week stay in Pennsylvania for the NEH Summer Institute on Contemporary African American literature, I decided to take the opportunity to visit the home of my paternal grandfather in nearby Pittsburgh. As some families are wont to do, mine took the liberty to write my father out of my personal narrative. It … Continue reading Finding Home in John Edgar Wideman’s Homewood
In my secret, undercover life I am an amateur genealogist and have been working on compiling my family pedigree since I was about seventeen. Recently, I discovered a familiar name in the most unlikely of places!!! As I was preparing to teach my ENGL 3960 course, "The Gullah Presence in African American Literature by Women," … Continue reading Geechee Relatives????