Emily J. Lordi

Emily J. Lordi is an assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature and a forthcoming 33 1/3 book on Donny Hathaway Live.


Young, Gifted, and Black

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Shadows of Soul

Mark Ribowksy's new biography of Otis Redding aims to illuminate Redding's previously untraced steps, undissected songs, and unexplained tortured soul....

Luminous Loss

Elizabeth Alexander explores her deeply expansive identity as the loving wife, the smart wife, the American wife in 'The Light of the World'....

How I Got Over: The Soul of Aretha Franklin
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Open to any author writing in English about the Chicanx/Latinx experience, the Rivera Book Prize is committed to the discovery and fostering of extraordinary writing by a first-time or early career author whose work examines the long and varied contributions of Chicanx/Latinx in the US. The Rivera Book Prize aims to provide a platform that showcases the emerging literary talent of the Chicanx/Latinx community, to cultivate the next generation of Chicanx/Latinx writers, and to continue the rich literary memory of Tomás Rivera, Chicano author, poet, activist, and educator.

Entry Fee: $35. Entry fees are non-refundable.

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