In recognition of influential singer-songwriter Bob Dylan receiving The Nobel Prize in Literature, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies James McCorkle ’76 joined WXXI’s Connections with Evan Dawson as a guest panelist to discuss Dylan and the impact of his win. The hour long segment, which originally aired on Oct. 18, is available online.
The co-director of the HWS Africana Studies Program and Director of the African Literature Association (ALA) Headquarters, McCorkle joined the HWS faculty in 2001. His first book of poetry, “Evidences,” was published in 2003 and is the winner of the sixth annual American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. He is also the author of “The Subtle Bodies,” and “The Still Performance (a study of post-modern American Poetry);” the editor of “Conversant Essays: Contemporary Poets on Poetry,” and with Jeff Gray and Mary McAleer Balkun, “Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry.”
For his distinguished work, he received Sarah Lawrence’s Campbell Corner Poetry Award and fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the National Foundation for the Arts. His poems have appeared in Boulevard, Crazyhorse, Conduit,Fence, The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares and Web-Conjunctions.
McCorkle earned his M.F.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.