Melba Boyd

From Black Detroit to Green Bremen: Turning on the Axis of Transcontinental Radical Politics

Melba Joyce Boyd is a Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan.  She is an award-winning author nine books of poetry, two literary biographies, and the editor of two poetry anthologies.  She has over published 100 essays on African American literature and film in books, as well as in national and international journals. Her poetry has been translated into German, Italian, French and Spanish.  She is also a documentary filmmaker. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bremen in 1983-4, was a guest professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, China in 2009, and has lectured and read poetry at universities and cultural institutions throughout the United States and Europe.  She is a native Detroiter, who grew up on both sides of the U.S./Canadian border, she and serves as a consultant to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Detroit Institute of Arts.