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Literary Salon Committee

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Andrea E. ShawAndrea E. Shaw, Committee Chair

Andrea E. Shaw is an associate professor of English at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale and author of The Embodiment of Disobedience: Fat Black Women’s Unruly Political Bodies. Her creative writing has been published in numerous journals, including Small Axe, MaComére, Anthurium, The Caribbean Writer, and Crab Orchard Review. She has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Miami and an M.F.A in creative writing from Florida International University.

Email:  andrshaw@nova.edu


Dr. Wesley CrichlowDr. Wesley Crichlow

Dr. Wesley Crichlow Is a Tenured Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Science & Humanities, within the criminology specialization, at the University of Ontario Institute of  Technology (www.uoit.ca). He also currently sits as the Chair for the Community Advisory Board at the Toronto West Detention Center. Wesley is an interdisciplinary youth scholar and community social justice activist who works with socially and economically disadvantaged youth, engaging in youth community empowerment. My academic life is a public expression of my commitment to equity and social justice and I dedicate my academic work to social justice, community-university collaborations, and effective community empowerment models.

Wesley  is the author of the first published Black Canadian gay scholarly text titled Buller Men & Batty Bwoys: Hidden Men in Toronto and Halifax’s Black Communities. Published by the University of Toronto Press 2003. This book examines the lives of Black men who have sex with other men living in Toronto and Halifax. Has co-authored a book titled Diversity Issues in Policing, 2007. Published by Emond Montgomery Publications Limited.

Dennis HowardDennis Howard

Dennis Howard is one of Jamaica’s most noted ethnomusicologists, possessing over thirty years of experience in the creative industries. A Grammy nominated music producer Howard holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies and ethnomusicology from the University of the West Indies. He is the managing director of the Institute of Cultural Policy and Innovation and has presented his research work in the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Mexico South Africa and several Caribbean islands.

Rita KeresztesiRita Keresztesi

Rita Keresztesi is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. She teaches courses on African American, Afro-Caribbean, and West African literary and cultural studies. She was a Fulbright Scholar teaching in the Department of Anglophone Studies at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 2010-2011. She is the author of Strangers at Home: American Ethnic Modernism between the World Wars (Nebraska UP, 2005 and 2009). She co-edited the book The Western in the Global South with MaryEllen Higgins and Dayna Oscherwitz (Routledge, 2015).