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Nagueyalti Warren

Years: 2003, 2004, 2006


Nagueyalti Warren is a poet and professor of pedagogy emerita in African American Studies, Emory University. Her poetry has appeared in Essence Magazine , African American Review, Obsidian and anthologized in The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Cave Canem Anthology,Obsession: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century, 44 on 44, and Spaces Between Us. Margaret, a persona poem, won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award (2008); Braided Memory Warren's third collection of poetry won the 2010 Violet Reed Haas Poetry Award. Warren is editor of Temba Tupu! (Walking Naked) The Africana Women’s Poetic Self-Portrait.     An academic administrator and educator, Warren has taught poetry and black women's literature at Emory University, Fisk University, Northeastern University, and Howard University. She has also taught African American literature at the University of Calabar in Nigeria. Her scholarship includes the monograph Grandfather of Black Studies: W.E.B. Du Bois as well as articles on Du Bois and the forthcoming book, Alice Walker's Metaphysics: Literature of Spirit. Her current research includes a literary history of black women writers.   From 1988-2005 she was first Assistant Dean and then Associate Dean of Emory University College of Arts and Sciences. From 2005 until her retirement August 2018, she was full-time faculty in the Department of African American Studies where she served as director of undergraduate studies from 2005 until 2015.    Warren received the PhD from the University of Mississippi and an MFA from Goddard College.




Our Mother Father God


Do not forgive them this time


For they know what they do.


They have done it before


Before the Christian Era


Even unto now in this century


New but filled with pain


From rugged crosses to poplar trees


From nooses to blazing fires


From Calvary to Charleston


Do not forgive for we have not


Been delivered from evil


We have not been saved.


And Yours is the Power


To end crucifixions


Or have you bequeathed


The power to us?