Our Spiritual Soundscapes Conference is shaping up wonderfully and we hope you'll be in attendance! The deadline for proposals has been extended to January 5, 2015 so you still have time to apply.

We are pleased to announce Dr. Kokahvah Zauditu-Selassie as our opening plenary speaker for the day. Dr. Zauditu-Selassie is professor of English in the Humanities Department at Coppin State University. She has been awarded numerous fellowships --  including from the Fulbright foundation, Mellon foundation, the National Council for Black Studies and the National Endowment for the humanities -- which have allowed her to travel, study, and lecture extensively throughout Africa, South America, and the Caribbean including time spent in Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, and South Africa.

Dr. Zauditu-Selassie is the author of numerous journal articles and the the essay “I Got a Home in Dat Rock: Memory, Orisa, and Yoruba Spiritual Identity in African American Literature” featured in the edited volume Orisa: Yoruba Gods and Spiritual Identity in Africa and the Diaspora. Her book of critical essays titled African Spiritual Traditions in the Novels of Toni Morrison, a 2009 publication of the University Press of Florida, won the Toni Morrison Society’s 2010 award for the best single-authored book. Her latest publication is a collection of short stories titled, At the End of Daybreak, published by Middle-Passage Press and her novel, The Cracked Sky/Le Ciel Brisé, is forthcoming.

We look forward to hearing from her and know that she will set a fabulous tone and energy to the day! Find out more about her and sample her work at kokowrites.com.