Visiting Writers Series presents Enid native: Quraysh Ali Lansana

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Visiting Writers Series presents Enid native: Quraysh Ali Lansana

April 22, 2015--A Brown Bag Reading, an event in conjunction with the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Visiting Writers Series, will be Thursday, April 30, at noon in the Ranger Perk. Enid native Quraysh Ali Lansana, also known as “Q,” will be reading from a collection of his poetry in honor of National Poetry Month. This event is sponsored by the English program and is free and open to the public.

                Lansana is the youngest of six children. Through his older siblings and upbringing in church he was exposed to the power of music and poetry at an early age. He left Enid to attend the University of Oklahoma where his experiences and cultural sensitivity led him to writing. He later went on to teach at Julliard, develop an urban literacy workshop in Chicago, and publish several poems and a book on poetry that have gained national acclaim. “It's exciting to have Quraysh Ali Lansana visit Northwestern,” Dr. Kathryn Lane, English, Foreign Language and Humanities department chair and assistant professor of English, said. "Q’s poetry is dynamic, and I'm thrilled that our department can offer different perspectives and genres for students, staff, and faculty.”

The Oklahoma native was nominated for a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Award for his book “Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy and Social Justice in Classroom and Community” that he co-authored with Georgia A. Popoff. He also has published several poetry collections which include “Mystic Turf” in 2012, “They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems” in 2004, and “Southside Rain” in 2000. His chapbooks include “Reluctant Minivan” in 2014, “Bloodsoil (sooner red)” in 2009, “Greatest Hits: 1995-2005” in 2006 and “Cockroach Children: Corner Poems and Street Psalms” in 1995. Lansana also wrote a children’s book entitled “The Big World” in 1999.

Lansana recently celebrated the release of his new book of poetry, “The Walmart Repubic,” which he will be reading lines from at the event.

The "brown bag" reading will be a fantastic event and I encourage everyone to bring their 'brown bag lunch' and attend,” Lane said.

Search #NWOSUVisingWriters for more information on Lansana and the Brown Bag Reading or the Visiting Writers Series or contact Lane at (580) 327-8470 or