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Carla Blank is a writer, editor, director and dramaturge. Her textbook anthology of theater and dance activities, Live On Stage! (1996, 2000) was co-authored with Jody Roberts. She is author and editor of the 20th century historical reference Rediscovering America: The Making of Multicultural America, 1900-2000 (2003) which carries the imprimatur of Before Columbus Foundation. Her most recent non-fiction book, Storming the Old Boys’ Citadel: Two Pioneer Women Architects of Nineteenth Century North America, is co-authored with Canadian architectural historian Tania Martin (2014). She is Editorial Director of Ishmael Reed Publishing Company and with Ishmael Reed, co-edited the anthology Powwow: Charting the Fault Lines in the American Experience, Short Fiction, From Then to Now (2009) and was contributing editor on three other anthologies edited by Reed: Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas, 1900-2002 (2003); MultiAmerica, Essays on Cultural Wars and Cultural Peace (1997); and Califia, The California Poetry (1979).

Ishmael Reed (1938- )

Ishmael Reed is an African American poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, songwriter, cartoonist, editor, publisher, lecturer and public media commentator. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on February 22, 1938, he grew up in Buffalo, New York, after his mother Thelma Coleman moved there during the Great Migration of World War II.  When his mother married Bennie Reed, Ishmael … Read MoreIshmael Reed (1938- )