W. Jason Miller, 2022–23 | National Humanities Center

W. Jason Miller (NHC Fellow, 2022–23)

Project Title

Backlash Blues: Nina Simone and Langston Hughes

North Carolina State University

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2022–23

W. Jason Miller completed a first draft of his book, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood: Nina Simone, Langston Hughes, and the Birth of Black Power. Having written and revised the formal book proposal during the fellowship year, it is now under contract with the Fischer-Harbage Agency. He was also commissioned to write “The Long Shadow of Langston Hughes” for The Cambridge History of African American Poetry, ed. Keith Leonard (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2024). Finally, he was invited to provide feedback and editorial suggestions for the forthcoming 800-page edition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project, Volume VIII (September 1962–December 1963) being published by Stanford University, 2024.