African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Drea Brown, AADS' first Ph.D. candidate to defend dissertation, heads to Barbados for an international residency program with Fresh Milk!

Thu, April 20, 2017
Drea Brown, AADS' first Ph.D. candidate to defend dissertation, heads to Barbados for an international residency program with Fresh Milk!
Drea Brown and cover of her chapbook dear girl: a reckoning, released in 2015

On Monday, April 17th, the African and African Diaspora Studies Department witnessed a historic moment in observing the very first dissertation defense from Ph.D. candidate Drea Brown. Drea’s work has appeared in a variety of publications, most recently Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander and Southern Indiana Review. Drea is also the winner of the 2014 Gold Line Press poetry chapbook competition judged by Douglas Kearney. Her chapbook, dear girl: a reckoning, was released in 2015. Drea’s research explores Black women poets’ use of grief and memory as devices to reconstruct cultural histories and subjectivity. 

 

The defense went incredibly well, and Drea is now in Barbados for an international residency program in partnership with Fresh Milk, a Barbados-based program supporting excellence in the arts through residencies and programs that provide artists with opportunities for development.

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