Akasha Gloria Hull (NHC Fellow, 1994–95)

Project Title

Spirituality in African American Women's Literature

University of California, Santa Cruz

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Fellowship Work Summary, 1994–95

Akasha Gloria Hull devoted her fellowship year to her book, "Everybody's Ancient Wisdom": Spirituality and Occultism in African American Women's Literature, working on chapters on Sonia Sanchez and Pauline E. Hopkins as well as the introductory section and a series of seven prose-poems, "Conversions," to be incorporated in the final autobiographical chapter. She also revised an essay on Lucille Clifton for publication in Dwelling in Possibility: Essays in Gender, Genre, and Poetry (Cornell University Press, 1996), edited by Yopie Prins and Maeera Shreiber. She wrote introductions to Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence and The Dunbar Speaker and Entertainer, both volumes in the series African American Women Writers, 1910-1940 that will appear from G. K. Hall in 1996.