Author Spotlight

A. Van Jordan

A. Van Jordan is the author of four poetry collections: Rise, which won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award (2001); M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A (2005), which was listed as one the Best Books of 2005 by the London Times; Quantum Lyrics (2007); and The Cineaste (2013). Jordan has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2007), a United States Artists Fellowship (2009), and a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry (2015). He currently serves as the Robert Hayden Collegiate Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Michigan.

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Ain’t Nobody’s Business If the Lady Sings the Blues

In the 1970s, a decade when blaxploitation ruled, Lady Sings the Blues offered a rare tender vision of Black love and masculinity.

By A. Van Jordan