Warren, Nagueyalti 1947–

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Warren, Nagueyalti 1947–


Born October 1, 1947, in Atlanta, GA; daughter of Booker Thompson and Frances Anderson Herrin (a registered nurse); married Roy Wright Jr., July 8, 1965 (divorced); married Rueben C. Warren (a dentist and public health administrator), June 14, 1980; children: Alkamessa Dalton, Asha, Ali. Ethnicity: "African American." Education: Fisk University, B.A., 1973; Boston University, M.A., 1974; University of Mississippi, Ph.D., 1984; Goddard College, M.F.A., 2005. Politics: Democrat. Hobbies and other interests: Poetry.


Home—Lithonia, GA. Office—215 White Hall-College Office, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322. E-mail—[email protected]


Northeastern University, Boston, MA, instructor in English, 1977-78; University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria, lecturer in English, 1979-80; Fisk University, Nashville, TN, assistant professor of English and department chair, 1984-88; Emory University, Atlanta, GA, professor of African-American studies and associate dean, 1988—. W.E.B. DuBois Foundation, member of advisory board, 1984—; codirector of a mentoring program.


College Language Association, Modern Language Association of America, National Council of Black Studies.


Fulbright Fellowship, 1988; Delores P. Aldridge Service Award, 2004.


From Uncle Tom to Cliff Huxtable; Aunt Jemima to Aunt Nell: Images of Blacks in Film and Television, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1988.

Coco and George: A Love Dialectic, Sage Publications (Newbury Park, CA), 1992.

Lodestar and Other Night Lights, Edwin Mellen (Lewiston, NY), 1992.

Southern Mothers: Fact and Fiction in Southern Women's Writing, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1999.

Work represented in anthologies, including American Anthology of Poetry. Contributor to journals, including Mississippi Earthworks, CLA Journal, Essence, Gathering Ground, and Black Literature in Review.


Nagueyalti Warren once told CA: "I grew up in the Watts area of South Central Los Angeles and was deeply influenced by the 1965 riots. In college I joined a writer's workshop and continued my interest in both reading and writing by majoring in English. I have written poetry since the age of six, and my first poem was published in a school newspaper when I was in the fourth grade. First influenced by writers like Richard Wright and James Baldwin, in college I discovered the works of Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou. From that point I began to focus on black women writers within the context of the 1970s. Currently I am most intrigued by the works of Alice Walker. My academic research focuses on an analysis of her works."