The 48th NeMLA Annual Convention, March 23-26, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland
Reassessing the Blues through Literary Performance
(Moderated by Tiffany Austin, Assistant Professor, The College of The Bahamas)
Blues music has not only been viewed as the secular spine of American music but also described as one of America’s most sincere forms of poetry. And poets have historically and presently been impelled by and explored the blues, from Sterling Brown and Langston Hughes, to Sterling Plumpp, Wanda Coleman, and Tyehimba Jess. But more than merely investigating how these poets define, describe or portray the blues theme, blues songs or blues singers, this panel seeks papers that survey how poets, and not necessarily blues poets or while solely viewing blues poems, engage with blues. This panel takes its impetus from the “listening” of blues to explore how poets become “composers” of verbal art while experiencing blues music’s art. Submit your paper title (up to 100 characters) and abstract (up to 300 words) online to NeMLA’s website: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/cfp by September 30, 2016.
The College of The Bahamas