Kathy Schultz

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Kathy Schultz


B.A.,1990, Oberlin College
M.F.A., 1996, San Francisco State University
Ph.D., 2006, University of Pennsylvania

Academic Summary

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.

Select Publications


  • The Afro-Modernist Epic and Literary History: Tolson, Hughes, Baraka (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Series in Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, forthcoming 2012)

Poetry Collections

  • 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. 207-216.
  • "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 Press. 2004.
  • "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.