Jackson Essay Selected for Best American Essays

A creative non-fiction essay that Lawrence Jackson wrote was selected for the Best American Essays 2014. The collection is published annually by Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt and the guest editor this year is John Jeremiah Sullivan. The series editor is Robert Atwan. His essay is called “Slickheads,” and it appeared in the journal N+1 in winter 2013. Dr Jackson’s previous essays, “To Danville” (2007), “Christmas in Baltimore, 2009,” (2011) and “The Ledger” (2012),  had previously been selected as honorable mentions.

Hofmann Honored, Published

Richie HofmannGraduate student Richie Hofmann’s first book of poetry, Second Empire, will be published in November 2015 by Alice James Books and has won the Beatrice Hawley Award for Poetry.

JanMohamed Among Winners of Frantz-Fanon Award

ImageThe Caribbean Philosophical Association has announced the 2014 recipients of the association’s awards for contributions to Caribbean thought and philosophical literature, a select list that includes our own Abdul JanMohamed.  The Association noted the following in announcing the award:

JanMohamed is receiving this award because of his pioneering work on Frantz Fanon in the areas of postcolonial thought and cultural studies and for scholarship that connects Fanon’s ideas to such figures as Frederick Douglass and Toni Morrison and to his own groundbreaking insights on psychoanalysis and Marxism.  Finally, his work as an institution builder, which includes being the founding editor of Cultural Critique, has opened intellectual spaces for generations of scholars.  Says President Jane Anna Gordon, “Shifting the geography of reason includes rearticulating the predicaments out of which historic thought has emerged. Professor JanMohamed’s highly illuminating research into the subjective experiences not only of enslaved people but also those among them engaged in mothering is a prime example of such an important endeavor.”

For more information on this award, see http://www.caribbeanphilosophicalassociation.org/frantz-fanon-prize.html.