John Edgar Tidwell

Professor of English
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John Edgar Tidwell continues his quest to recoup writers and texts from the history of African American letters, not just for the sake of recovery, but to demonstrate their relevance to today's cultural pursuits by "reading" them through current modes of scholarship. Thus far, he has compiled, introduced, and contributed to six important books: Livin' the Blues: Memoirs of a Black Journalist and Poet (1992), Black Moods: Collected Poems (2002), Sterling A. Brown's A Negro Looks at the South (2007), Montage of a Dream: The Art and Life of Langston Hughes (2007), Writings of Frank Marshall Davis: A Voice of the Black Press (2007), and After Winter: The Art and Life of Sterling A. Brown (2009). Complementing these publications are more than forty-five critical essays, book and essay reviews, interviews, literary dictionary entries, and a bibliography. Degrees in English from Washburn University (BA, 1969), Creighton University (MA, 1972), and the University of Minnesota (PhD, 1981) have made his academic work possible. A number of fellowships have supported his scholarly labor, including awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, NEH Summer Stipend Program, and the National Fellowships Fund. It has been his honor to serve in such prestigious positions as Langston Hughes Visiting Professor at Kansas University and Scholar-in-Residence at Johnson County Community College. He currently serves the University of Kansas as Professor of English.

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