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Dr. Laurie Jean Cannady Dr. Laurie Jean Cannady Mellon Foundation Endowed Chair, English and Foreign Languages Location:Armstrong Hall217 Phone:757-727-5890 Expertise:Southern Literature, Military and War Literature, Women Writers, Creative Writing, Memoir, Writers of Color

 

The Root online magazine listed Laurie Jean Cannady's memoir, Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul, as one of the best nonfiction books by black authors in 2015. Kirkus Reviews described Crave as a "bold, honest, and courageous memoir." Foreword Reviews listed Crave as an Indiefab Book of the Year 2015 finalist in the autobiography/memoir category. Additionally, Crave was named a finalist for the Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award for Nonfiction.

Laurie Jean has published personal essays on poverty, domestic violence, and military sexual trauma in a number of publications, including The Rumpus, Good Housekeeping, and Ink and Letters.  She has presented talks, lectures, and workshops at numerous organizations, including the KGB Literary Bar, Girls Write Now, The Women’s Initiative, and West Point Military Academy. 

Laurie Jean is the Mellon Foundation Endowed Chair of English and Foreign Languages at Hampton University and a member of the creative writing faculty in the Wilkes University MA/MFA low-residency Creative Writing Program. Laurie Jean holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

Her memoir-in-progress, Wars We've Lost, Wars We've Won is represented by The Tomasino Agency, Inc.  You can find additional information at Dr. Cannady's website, www.lauriejeancannady.net.