Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center 310
EducationM.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College
BiographyProfessor Sharan Strange has been honing her craft, publishing her work of art, and delighting audiences with her creative prowess for decades. While she is often quite busy teaching creative writing at Spelman, serving as a community board member of Poetry Atlanta, and coordinating the annual Decatur Book Festival, she always finds time to write, to create and to think. Always.
Poets & Writers "Dark Room Collective, Then and Now"
NY TImes "The Dark Room Collective: Where Black Poetry Took Wing"
During the “Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective Reunion Tour” with Natasha Trethewey, Major Jackson, Thomas Sayers Ellis, John Keene, Tisa Bryant, and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, Strange read from her work. The event was part of the Lannan Literary series.
Her work has appeared in journals in the U.S. and abroad, including Callaloo, the journal of African diaspora arts and letters (where she served as a contributing editor for many years); the American Poetry Review, and Agenda, a South African publication. Her writings have also been featured in The Dream Unfinished concert series #SingHerName, and in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, the Skylight Gallery in New York, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Her commissioned piece, “Everyone Is a Mirror,” was featured in the catalogue for the exhibition "Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo Kuti" at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.
Strange’s honors include the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, an Artist Award from the D.C. Commission on the Arts, Pushcart Prize nominations, and residencies at the Gell Writers’ Center, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. This year, she presented at the symposium, "Lineage: From the Black Arts Movement to Cave Canem," as part of the panel on "Organizing Founders," at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in June.
She has served as Bruce McEver Visiting Chair in Poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and faculty at the Center for the Contemplative Mind in Society Summer Session at Smith College. She has also been writer-in-residence at Fisk University, Bennington College, Wheaton College, the University of California at Davis, the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and other colleges and universities.
Raised in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Strange studied at Harvard College and earned her M.F.A. at Sarah Lawrence College.