August 5, 2017 - 11:00am
Prairie Lights

Please join us for this special Soul Festival Black Author Panel  with moderator Michael Hill,  and authors Lena Hill, Glenance Green, and Deborah Whaley. 

Glenance Green is a Chicago-based scholar, activist, playwright, and filmmaker. She is the founder and director of A g Thing!, a creative agency in Chicago that brings unsung voices and their narratives to the broader community. Ms. Green is the creator of Melanin Voices, a performance collective series of poetry, short stories, vignettes, fiction, and non-fiction by Chicago artists, woven together to create a beautiful narrative.  She is the author of the book Shades of Green, an anthological series of thoughts from the mind of one black woman giving voice to many. Illustratively, she uses seven forms of Greek love to weave together a powerful narrative through poetry, prose, and short stories.

Lena and Michael Hill are associate professors in the Department of English and the African American Studies Program, both part of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. They are both coauthors of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: A Reference Guide. Dr Lena Hill is the author of Visualizing Blackness and the Creation of African American Literary Tradition. Dr. Michael D. Hill is the author of The Ethics of Swagger: Prizewinning African American Novels, 1977–1993. The Hills are most recently the authors of Invisible Hawkeyes: African Americans at the University of Iowa During the Long Civil Rights Era.

Deborah Whaley is associate professor of American studies and African American studies at the University of Iowa. Dr. Whaley is the author of Disciplining Women: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Black Counterpublics, and the Cultural Politics of Black Sororities, and most recently Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime.