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Project seeks writings by Oklahomans of color

Oklahoma writers are sought for a book project. Organizers are looking for works from writers who are black, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic and others ethnic groups.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY Published: March 24, 2013

A Chicago State University poet and English professor with ties to Oklahoma is embarking on a project to publish the writings of Oklahomans of color, past and present.

Quraysh Ali Lansana, an Enid native who attended the University of Oklahoma, is one of the organizers taking submissions for the project.

“This anthology will be the first to document exclusively the lives of people of color in Oklahoma,” Lansana said. He said works from black, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and other “writers of color,” are sought.

Lansana said the book will be “the first comprehensive anthology” that chronicles the works of such writers born and raised in the state.

“This is absolutely an intergenerational anthology so those of you who work with young people, please encourage them to submit,” Lansana said, “and much work will be published posthumously.”

Native Oklahomans who live in the state and others who “have expatriated” will be published.

The project will embrace a wide range of writers spanning the state's history.

“If you know of a deceased writer, don't hesitate to let us know, as research has been trying. Please don't assume we are aware of your suggested writer,” Lansana said.

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