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The Free Your (Funky) Mind! End-of-Term Reading

(Autumn 2018)

Sponsored by The Carter G. Woodson Institute

for African-American & African Studies at the University of Virginia

Free Your (Funky) Mind!

End-of-Term Reading

Monday 3 December 2018

110 Minor Hall

6:15 p.m.


AAS 3500-006: Free Your (Funky) Mind!

Modernist Africana Poetry of the Americas


Professor Brenda Marie Osbey




Readings of Selected Texts, Original Works & Translations

offered by:


Nia Webb grew up in various countries including Egypt, Italy and other parts of Europe when her father was touring as an extension of the Navy.  When she was in 2nd grade her parents enrolled her in a Spanish immersion school in Arlington, VA.  When she was younger, she thought that Spanish was simply for white and Latinx people.  At age nine years, she travelled to the Dominican Republic and for the first time in her life she witnessed beautiful Black people speaking Spanish. This motivated her to become fluent. Nia is currently pursuing a major in African-American Studies, and a minor in Chinese Language.

Anna Taylor is a fourth-year English major from Richmond, Va. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a career in film production. 

Ciara Leonard is a fourth-year student from Philadelphia. She is enrolled in the Curry School of Education, where she is completing an undergraduate degree in psychology, and a masters in elementary education. Ciara is currently a University of Virginia varsity track and field team member.

Lamar Johnson is a third-year student, majoring in English and Classics, and a recent inductee of Eta Sigma Phi. He comes from Westmoreland, Virginia, and has recently finished the first draft of an epic poem.

Nathan John is a fourth-year student majoring in English with a concentration in poetry writing, and the Distinguished Majors Program for African and African-American Studies. He hopes to pursue a career in academia as a professor of African-American literature. In his writing, he endeavors to channel the nuances of the African diasporic experience. Nathan is currently working on his first chapbook, and is excited to begin publishing in literary and academic journals and magazines.

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This event was generously supported by

The Carter G. Woodson Institute


Deborah E. McDowell, Director


Alice Griffin Professor of English

Ms. Deborah Best

Administrative and Undergraduate Assistant


Carly Mulinda, Intern


President of the Black Student Research Network

University of Virginia Class of 2019.



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