- PhD, Stanford University
MA, UNC Chapel Hill
BA, English, Yale University
- Languages Spoken
- Keith D Leonard is the author of Fettered Genius: The African American Bardic Poet from Slavery to Civil Rights. His publications, presentations, and courses have revolved around his study of political consciousness in African American poetry and poetics and in hip-hop culture. His current interests include African Americans artists in Paris, jazz in African American culture, and the evolving innovations of Afrofuturism. He is currently working on a book project entitled Black Avant-Gardism that explores the role of African American writers' collectives in the artistic innovations, public profiles, and cultural impact of contemporary African American poets.
CORE-106 Complex Problems Seminar: Black Is Beautiful
HNRS-150 AU Honors Exper Learning
LIT-335 Studies in African Am Lit: Black Radical Imagination
HNRS-151 AU Honors Research Experience: Art and Social Change
LIT-251 Sophomore Seminar: Imagining the Good Life
George Moses Horton Society for the Study of African American Poetry
- Fettered Genius: The African American Bardic Poet from Slavery to Civil Rights. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2006
"Postmodern Soul: The Innovative Nostalgia of Thomas Sayers Ellis," Contemporary Literature 56.2 (Summer 2015): 340-371. Winner of the L. S. Dembo prize for best article of the year.
“‘Which Me Will Survive’: Rethinking Identity, Reclaiming Audre Lorde.” Callaloo 35.3 (Summer 2012): 758-777
- "Yusef Komunyakaa's Blues: The Postmodern Music of Neon Vernacular" Callaloo 28.3 (Summer 2005): 825-849.
- “Jazz in African American Literature” Blackwell’s Companion to African American Literature (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010): 286-301.
- “We Wear the Mask: The Making of An African American Poet” Cambridge History of African American Literature (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011): 209-219.
- “African American Women Poets and the Power of the Word.” Cambridge Companion to African American Women's Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009): 168-186.
- “Verse Center: A Special Issue on Multi-Ethnic Poetics” Melus 35.2 June 2010 (co-editor)
- "His Vagabond Heart" Poetry Foundation https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/157182/his-vagabond-heart
Work In Progress
- “Touching Dark Matter: Afrofuturism’s Body of Knowledge” at the History Seminar on Contemporary Science, Technology, and Culture, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, October 17, 2019
- “‘Black Is…An’ Black Ain’t’: Twenty-First Century African American Poetics” at Duquesne University, October 3, 2018
- “Experimental Blackness” at Theorizing Black Literature Now Conference at Rutgers University, February 12, 2016
- "Blackness as Form, Blackness as Innovation," as Visiting Faculty at an NEH Institute, Don't Deny My Voice, National Endowment for the Humanities, University of Kansas. (July 29, 2015)
Contribution to Poetry Foundation podcast on the career of Langston Hughes.February 19, 2007.
"The Public Life of African American Poets" for the Arlingron Public Library, April 29. 2021