Invited Panelist. “Other Autobiographies: Consciousness and the Spirit in Amiri Baraka’s Experimental Memoir 6 Persons.” American Literature Association Conference, Amiri Baraka Society, May 2019

Conference presentation. “Transforming the Southern Classroom with Feminist Pedagogies.” Southeast Women’s Studies Assoc. Conference, Univ. of Mississippi, March 2019

Invited Speaker. African American Read-In, Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Memphis, TN, February 2019


Invited Panelist. “'He went to New York, to learn life’: Amiri Baraka's 6 Persons.” Modern Language Association, NYC, January 2018. Panel sponsored by the Amiri Baraka Society.

Conference presentation. “'The Dirty Structure of Everything': Urban Landscape and Female Desire in Contemporary Women 's Poetry.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, University of Louisville, KY, February 2018

Invited Speaker. NottageFest, The Burkle Organization (promoting artists of color and artists in the LGBTQIA+ community), University of Memphis, Department of Theatre and Dance, 2018


Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today, October 11-13, UC-Berkeley


Kathy Lou will appear on the first panel, "New Narrative Subjects," with Camille Roy, Robin Tremblay-McGaw, and Gail Scott, where she will be presenting on the work of Michael Amnasan. She will also speak at the Plenary on the just-released collection From Our Hearts To Yours, ​and chair the panel on "Speaking of Us: Feminism and Writing."

New Publications

"Teaching African American Poetry in the Age of Trump" at Plume Poetry

"Cartographic (Dis)Location in the Work of Bloch, Kaminski, and Tremblay-McGawpublished in Tripwire: A Journal of Poetics

"Gender and Genre in Dodie Bellamy's Academonia" inFrom Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice


  • “Experimental Compared to What? African American Women Remaking Forms of  Poetry and Community.” Celebrating African American Literature Conference, Pennsylvania State University, October 2016
  • “Gossip and Literary History in Dodie Bellamy’s Academonia.” Poetics: (The Next 25 Years, University at Buffalo, April 2016
  • "When Surrealism Is (of) an Afro-Caribbean Woman: Reading Suzanne Césaire.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, University of Louisville, KY, February 2016
  • “Here’s Looking (Back) at You: Suzanne Césaire Reading André Breton Reading Suzanne Césaire,” Modern Language Association, Austin, TX, January 2016. Panel sponsored by the Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism

July 2015



Kathy Lou Schultz is serving as Visiting Faculty at the NEH Institute held at the Univ. of Kansas: http://blackpoetry.ku.edu/institute/faculty.shtml. Dr. Schultz will lecture on topic including “The Ongoing Legacy of Amiri Baraka” and "Using Electronic Resources as Interactive Classroom Tools" for teaching African American Poetry.

April 2015


Kathy Lou Schultz is recording a "PoemTalk" at the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania on Bob Perelman's "Confession" from his book The Future of Memory. Schultz's co-respondents are Kristin Gallagher and Bruce Andrews. Penn Professor and Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House, Al Filreis, is host of PoemTalk. All the talks are eventually available as free, downloadable podcasts from http://jacket2.org/content/poem-talk. Schultz previously participated in a PoemTalk on Claude Mckay's "If We Must Die," with Herman Beavers and Salamishah Tillet, which is available here: http://jacket2.org/podcasts/constrained-honor-poemtalk-71.


The St. George’s Friends of Music Concert Series presents PRIZM Ensemble in collaboration with the Memphis Cotton Patchers Quilt Guild. Just as fragments (“pieces”) of sounds create music, so does pieces of fabric are sewn together to create beautiful quilts. Separate entities of music are also called “pieces”, and together they create a complete concert experience. Poet, professor, and scholar Kathy Lou Schultz will read a new poem written especially for this concert. It will entwine the music and act as the seams for our quilt of sound.

March 2015

Dr. Kathy Lou Schultz will present a paper, "Black Dada: Amiri Baraka, Tristan Tzara, and the Historical Avant-Garde" at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference in Seattle, as part of the seminar on "Sound and Performance in Poetry of the Americas."

November 2014

Dr. Kathy Lou Schultz has been invited by the Project on the History of Black Writing at the University of Kansas to be a visiting faculty member for the “Don’t Deny My Voice: Black Poetry After the Black Arts Movement” Institute, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Schultz will be instructing college and university faculty, and selected graduate students, from across the country in this two-week seminar (July 19 - August 1, 2015) on “the practice of poetry– its creation, production and performance” considering “a new poetics for reading, teaching and interpreting the expanded landscape of contemporary poetries.” The Director of the Project on the History of Black Writing is Distinguished Professor Dr. Maryemma Graham. 

The Afro-Modernist Epic and Literary History is a selected book for scholars by The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

Last Week at the Modernist Studies Association in Pittsburgh:

Confluence & Division: Amiri Baraka In/And Modernism
Organizer and Chair:
Kathy Lou Schultz(University of Memphis)

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2:30-4:00

James Smethurst (University of Massachusetts Amherst) “‘That’s Where Sarah Vaughn

Lives’: Amiri Baraka and the Landscape and Soundscape of Black Newark”
Aldon Nielsen (Pennsylvania State University) “Raise; Race; Rays; Raze: RAZOR”
Ben Lee (Univ. of Tennessee) “Amiri Baraka and the (Re)Emergence of Revolutionary


African-American Criticism and the  Institutionalization of Modernism
Organizer: Andy Hines (Vanderbilt University)
Chair: Keegan Cook Finberg (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Friday, Nov. 7, 3:30-5:00
Ben Glaser (Yale University) “New Negro Rhythm from Poe to Hopkins: James  Weldon Johnson’s Poetry Courses at Fisk University”
Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swarthmore College)  and Laura Heffernan (University of North Florida) “J. Saunders Redding’s Disciplinary History”

Andy Hines (Vanderbilt University)“Memory as Criticism: Langston Hughes’s  Congressional Testimony and the New Criticism”

Kathy Lou Schultz (University of Memphis)“Mid-Century Modernism, Afro-Modernism, and  Problems of Periodization”