She examines nonfiction biographies, biographical picture books, and longer fictionalized biographies published in the US in the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly those of poet Phillis Wheatley
, activist Sojourner Truth, and educator/politician Shirley Chisholm, to understand how the texts present life stories as compelling to young readers; how they create narratives that emphasize the actions, identities, and historical significance of these women; and how they become historical examples for readers.
Finally, I have finished my book of poetry on Phillis Wheatley
Peters, the woman-poet.
Maternal Metaphors of Power in African American Women's Literature: From Phillis Wheatley
to Toni Morrison.
The African-American history scholar has also been awarded prestigious fellowships and has received the Phillis Wheatley
Book Prize for her book on Jack Johnson in 2013.
Chris Benjamin, Managing Editor of Atlantic Books Today and winner of the Silver Atlantic Journalism Award in 2014 states, "From the opening pages of the 3 Nations Anthology, Elizabeth Sprague's 'This That This' emphatically announces a book pulsing with the heartbeat of the land." Patricia Smith, author of Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the 2014 Rebekah Bobbitt Prize, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize (The Academy of American Poets), and the Phillis Wheatley
Award in Poetry speaks to the poetry, "Reading the poems in this long-overdue collection is like pulling a deep, revivifying breath into the body.
first names of both Phillis Wheatley
and Philando Castile is the same:
WELLS-BARNETT AND 18th-CENTURY POET PHILLIS WHEATLEY
DROPPED IN ON A LITERATURE CLASS AT BIG STATE U.
was the first published African American author.
Yet the curators use these figures to upend traditional accounts of American history and democracy, placing a life-sized statue of founding father Thomas Jefferson beside others of Haitian Revolutionary leader Toussaint L'Ouverture, poet Phillis Wheatley
, and Elizabeth Freeman, the first slave to win a freedom suit in Massachusetts.
Ethelbert Miller, Toni Morrison, Gordon Parks, Prince, Faith Ringgold, Nina Simone, Anna Deveare Smith, Esperanza Spalding, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Alice Walker, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Phillis Wheatley
, and August Wilson.
, Coretta Scott King, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and Mary Ann Shadd Cary are among the women portrayed.