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About A. Van Jordan
A. Van Jordan is the author of Rise which won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award and selected for the Book of the Month Club from the Academy of American Poets. His second book, M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A was awarded an Anisfield-Wolf Award and listed as one the Best Books of 2005 by The London Times. Jordan was also awarded a Whiting Writers Award in 2005 and a Pushcart Prize in 2006. Quantum Lyrics was published July 2007. He is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a United States Artists Williams Fellowship. He is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Michigan.
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“Fearless hybridization…Jordan creates spaces where physics and poetry, comic books and jazz, memory and loss, come together.”—American Prospect more »
In 1936, teenager MacNolia Cox became the first African American finalist in the National Spelling Bee Competition. Supposedly prevented from winning, the precocious child who dreamed of becoming a doctor was changed irrevocably. Her story, told in a poignant nonlinear narrative, illustrates the power of a pivotal moment in a life. more »