Summoning Our Saints

Mourning 1998 by Willie Birch.

Acrylic and Charcoal on paper. 89 3/4"X 36"

Collection of the Artist.

"... celebrates and illuminates the poetry and prose of one of the South’s and the nation’s most notable writers.... The essays in this collection examine Osbey’s essays and poetry collections, situating them within greater traditions of African American women’s writing, blues music, and West African religious traditions and Catholicism.

....a long-needed and appreciative critical focus to a great artist, elucidating her

contributions to our common cultural heritage. The book examines Osbey’s meditations on topics such as colonization, the African diaspora, the circumCaribbean, and contemporary parallels between Europe and the United States to showcase the ways in which they add valuable new insights to transnational studies."


Summoning Our Saints: the Poetry and Prose of Brenda Marie Osbey

by John Wharton Lowe

Barbara Methvin Distinguished Professor of Southern Literature

University of Georgia, Athens

with contributions by

Thadious Davis, Keith Cartwright, Aldon Lynn Nielsen

& others

Cover Art by Willie Birch

Lexington Books | Rowman & Littlefield  September 2019.