New Course for Easter 2019: "Writing the Blues"

Caroline Randall Williams

The English Department is proud to announce a new course offering for Easter 2019:

ENGL 212: Studies in Literature
Writing the Blues

*Tuesday nights, 7:30pm-10:00pm
*Fulfills GFWI General Education Requirement
*15 spaces available

The course will be taught by new Visiting Professor Caroline Randall Williams a Writer-in-Residence at Fisk University and the acclaimed author of Soul Food Love, Lucy Negro Redux, and The Diary of B.B. Bright: Possible Princess.

This course will explore the tradition of blues literature. What is a blues poem? A blues novel? Over the course of the semester we will seek to navigate the liminal spaces between the blues as a feeling (“I have the blues”), the blues as a genre of music inspired by said feeling, and the rich body of literature inspired by the intersection of the two.

Readings will include original blues lyrics from artists such as Robert Johnson and Ma Rainey, critical works from Angela K. Davis, Elijah Wald, Adam Gussow, and LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), blues poetry from several poets, including Langston Hughes, Sterling K. Brown, Kevin Young, Patricia Smith and Tyehimba Jess, and longer form blues memoirs and fiction from Zora Neale Hurston, RL Moseley and Alice Walker. Writing the Blues will be an immersion into the blues’s multifaceted milieu.

Contact English Department chair Dr. Jennifer Michael ( for more.