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Megan Simpson

address: 128F Smith Building
location: Penn State Altoona
phone: 814-949-5288
department: English Program


Black Writers of Pennsylvania

The purpose of this project is to develop a comprehensive and concise database of Black literary artists (poets, novelists, dramatists, memoirists, and so on) from or currently working in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with an emphasis on emerging writers and their work. This resource will serve to increase awareness and understanding of Pennsylvania's rich and living African American literary history and its makers. The database will be of value to students, faculty, scholars, event planners, and community groups who wish to highlight or include the works of regional or local African American writers in their programs and projects. This project is funded by a grant from the Africana Research Center at Penn State University, as part of their initiative "In Pursuit of Social Justice: Recognizing PA Black Artists."

Number of undergraduates needed: 2 - 3
Minimum qualifications: ENGL 200 or higher, excellent writing skills