Carmen Gillespie (Ph. D. Emory University) is a Professor of English and the Director of the Griot Institute of Africana Studies. She also serves as the Bucknell University Arts Coordinator. Her research, writing, and teaching interests are in American, African American, and Caribbean literatures and cultures and creative writing.
American literature, African American literatures and culture, African American women writers, Toni Morrison, Caribbean literatures and cultures, popular culture, and creative writing.
Current Projects and Research Interests
Prof. Gillespie's is currently at work on two scholarly book projects: Doormouth: Life Stories from the People of Barbados, "No Clamor for A ...": Vernacular and the Collapse of Meaning in the Fictions of Toni Morrison, and a book of poetry, The Facts in the Case Are These:.
In addition to journal and poem publications, Prof. Gillespie is the author of the books A Critical Companion to Toni Morrison (2007), A Critical Companion to Alice Walker (2011), and the co-editor of The Clearing: Forty Years with Toni Morrison, 1970 - 2010 (2011). She also has a published a poetry chapbook, Lining the Rails (2008) and a poetry book, Jonestown: A Vexation. Her poem, "Talkin' Back to Mama," was featured in the June 2008 edition of Essence magazine.
In 2008, Prof. Gillespie's book, A Critical Companion to Toni Morrison was nominated for an award as the best single authored book on the works of Toni Morrison. In 2005, A recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship for Excellence in Poetry, Carmen has also been a Fulbright scholar and a Cave Canem Fellow and has received awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. In 2010, Gillespie was named one of Essence magazine's 40 favorite poets in commemoration of the magazine's 40th anniversary. She is the 2010 winner of the Naomi Madgett Long Poetry Prize for her collection Jonestown: A Vexation.