Director of Honors Program
Advisor, Sigma Tau Delta
Phone: (901) 678-3970
Office: Patterson 443
B.A.,1990, Oberlin College
M.F.A., 1996, San Francisco State University
Ph.D., 2006, University of Pennsylvania
Poet-scholar Dr. Kathy Lou Schultz’s areas of research include African American and
Afro-Diasporic literature and culture, multi-ethnic American literature, poetry and
poetics, modernism, critical theory, gender studies, and the epic. She has a continuing
interest in the relationship between literary histories and national histories, as
well as the role of the arts, especially poetry, in the social world.
- The Afro-Modernist Epic and Literary History: Tolson, Hughes, Baraka (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Series in Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics,
- Biting Midge (New York: Belladonna, 2008)
- Some Vague Wife (Berkeley: Atelos Press, 2002)
Articles and Book Chapters
- “Melvin B. Tolson.” Companion to Modernist Poetry. Eds. David Chinitz and Gail McDonald. Blackwell, forthcoming.
- “Amiri Baraka’s Wise Why’s Wise: Lineages of the Afro-Modernist Epic.” Journal of Modern Literature 35.3 (Spring 2012): 25-50.
- “To Save and Destroy: Melvin B. Tolson, Langston Hughes, and Theories of the Archive.”
Contemporary Literature Vol. 52 No. 1 (Spring 2011): 108-45.
- “‘I have questions’: Kalamu ya Salaam and Langston Hughes.” Jacket2. Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania. 7 Nov. 2011. Web.
- “‘My Epic’: Aaron Shurin, Robert Duncan, and the New College of California” Jacket2. Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania. 4 Oct 2011. Web.
- “Rhapsodes, Griots, and Modes of Performance.” Jacket2. Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania. 11 Sept 2011. Web.
- “Kathy Lou Schultz On Myung My Kim.” Efforts and Affections: Women Poets on Mentorship. Eds. Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2008.
- “Small Press, Big Wor(l)ds: African American Poetry from Publication to Archive.”
Rainbow Darkness: An Anthology of African American Poetry. Ed. Keith Tuma. Oxford, OH: Miami University Press, 2005. 185-196.
- “Proceed Queerly: The Sentence As Compositional Unit.” Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative. Ed. Mary Burger, Robert Gluck, Camille Roy, and GailScott. Toronto, ON: Coach House
- “Talking Trash, Talking Class: What's a Working Class Poetic and Where Would I Find
One?” Tripwire: A Journal of Poetics No. 1, February 1998; Reprinted in HOW2 1.2 (September 1999)
- “Trio” (three poems). Dr. Guy’s MusiQology. The Colored Waiting Room. 2012. CD.
Poems in journals including New American Writing, OnandOnScreen, Fence Magazine, Hambone, Electronic Poetry Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Mirage #4/Period(ical), Fourteen Hills, and others.