Notable Achievements

Mellon Teaching Fellow of Feminist Studies Sequoia Maner  published several pieces of writing in The Langston Hughes Review  (vol. 25, no. 2). Alongside a review of the anthology The BreakBeat Poets vol. 2: Black Girl Magic , she published two poems of her own. “The Substantia Nigra” is an ode to Muhammad Ali in the wake of the Ferguson uprisings, and “When Bodies of Water Exhale” reflects on the tethered nature of African Americans to bodies of water.

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African American Literature, Feminist Theory, Popular Culture

Sequoia Maner is poet and scholar from Los Angeles. She received her BA from Duke University and her MA and PhD degrees in English from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Maner’s research and pedagogical interests are interdisciplinary, innovative, and oriented toward justice. Her heroes are Angela Y. Davis, Harriet Tubman, funktress Janelle Monae, Langston Hughes, and her mother, Dr. Denise Valerie Maner. 

  • Sequoia Maner is poet and scholar from Los Angeles. She received her BA from Duke University and her MA and PhD degrees in English from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Maner’s research and pedagogical interests are interdisciplinary, innovative, and oriented toward justice. Her heroes are Angela Y. Davis, Harriet Tubman, funktress Janelle Monae, Langston Hughes, and her mother, Dr. Denise Valerie Maner. 

  • Dr. Maner’s dissertation project and monograph are titled Liberation Aesthetics in the #BlackLivesMatter Era: Poetry, Protest, and Social Justice. She pays close attention to the writing and performances of artists Patricia Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Claudia Rankine, Tupac Shakur, and Beyonce Knowles Carter (among others), charting how African American entertainers deploy experimental poetics in ways that refashion protest and enact new visions of liberation. Her critical engagement examines how and why poetry so often figures as the transformative vehicle for social recalibration.

  • Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era (Coeditor, Routledge Press, January 2020)

    “Where Do You Go When You Go Quiet?”: The Ethics of Interiority in the Fiction of Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, and Beyoncé (Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, Fall 2019, Vol 17.1)

    Browne, Mahogany L., Jamilah Woods, Idrissa Simmonds, “The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic,” The Langston Hughes Review (Fall 2019)

    Co-Editor Special Section: “Precarity, Security, Surveillance: A Black Feminist Intervention,” E3W Review of Books. Spring 2017

  • Sequoia Maner is co-editor of the anthology Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era, due from Routledge Press in October 2019. This collection of poems, essays, and interviews addresses the ongoing creative and scholarly exchanges regarding the poetics and politics of mourning in a time of black death. Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era is the first of its kind as the only edited collection to address contemporary elegy within the black diaspora.

    Published in Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Dr. Maner’s poem “upon reading the autopsy of Sandra Bland” was a finalist for the 2017 Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize. Other critical and creative work can be found in The Feminist Wire, Meridians: Feminsm, Race and Transnationalism, Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora,  and The Langston Hughes Review, among other publications. Sequoia is also a contributing poetry editor for Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.

    Other Publications:

    • “‘Where do you go when you go quiet? Practices of Quietude in the Fictions of Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, and Beyonce Knowles-Carter” (Meridians, Fall 2018)
    • “upon reading the autopsy of Sandra Bland” (Obsidian, finalist for Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize as judged by Patricia Smith, Spring 2018)
    • “Black Boy Contrapuntal” (The Feminist Wire, finalist for First Annual Feminist Wire competition as judged by Evie Shockley, 2015)
    • Co-Editor Special Section: “Precarity, Security, Surveillance: A Black Feminist Intervention,” E3W Review of Books. Spring 2017.
    • McMillan, Uri. “Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance.” QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. Fall 2017
    • Moody, Jonathan. “Olympic Butter Gold.” Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. November, 2015.
      *See reviews of works by Eve Dunbar, Susan Somers-Wilett, Manning Marable, and Tanisha C. Ford for E3W Review of Books.
    • DRAFT (Daily Revision Advances Further Thinking), June 2019
    • LOGOS Poetry Collective, May 2019
    • Roundtable with Samiya Bashir, Nia KB, and Lisa Moore, April 2019
    • Six Square Cultural Arts Festival, September 2018
    • Austin Book Festival with Amanda Johnston, Mahogany L. Browne, & Tyehimba Jess, Senate Chamber of the Texas State Capitol, November 2017
    • Aural Lit at Terrazas Library, April 2017
    • TORCH Wildfire Reading Series, March 2017
    • “Poetry & Activism” with Rex Lee Jim, P.S. Poetry, March 2017
    • Black Poets Speak Out (demonstrations), 2015-Present
    • “Langston Hughes: Writer for All Ages,” Humanities Texas, October 2019
    • “Beyoncé’s Lemonade & Black Women Writers,” Ball State University, Indiana, October 2019

    • “Dissertation Bootcamp: Reflections on Writing the Dissertation,” University of Texas at Austin, June 2019

    • “Scholars of Color in Academia: A Conversation about Professional Life Experiences & Post-Grad Transitions,” University of Texas at Austin, March 2019

    • “Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era,” African American Literature and Culture Society at American Literature Association (AALCS at ALA), May 2019

    • “The Autopsy Report & Black Lives Matter Elegy,” Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS), March 2018

    • “Reviving Tupac Shakur in the #BlackLivesMatter Era: Kendrick Lamar, G-Funk and the Performance of Dissent,” Chicago, American Studies Association, November 2017.

    • “Twenty Years Gone: On Tupac Shakur and Hauntology,” University of Arizona, Thinking Its Presence, October 2017.
    • “Interiority in the Works of Alice Walker and Beyoncé,” Penn State University, Celebrating African American Literature and Language, October 2016.
    • Keynote: “Black Sonic Resistance in the Works of Kendrick Lamar,” University of Kansas, Make It Funky Conference April 2016.
    • Interview: “Kendrick Lamar’s Popular Radicalism,” Kansas Public Radio, April 2016.
    • “Ask Your Mama ‘Bout Kendrick Lamar: Reimagining the Jazz Aesthetic in the #BlackLivesMatterEra.” Texas Southern University, The College Language Association, April 2016.
    • “Pedagogical Approaches to Using Rap Genius in the College Classroom” University of Texas at Austin, GRACLS Annual Symposium April 2015.
    • “Recognizably (new) Black: Reading Evie Shockley’s Mesostics,” James Madison University, Furious Flower Poetry Conference, September 2014.
    • “Coded Prosody, Pleasure and Performance in Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘Otis’” Penn State University, Celebrating African American Poetry October 2013.
    • “’Build Your Fences, We Diggin’ Tunnels’: Jay-Z and Kanye West Reimagine the American Dream,” American Studies Conference University of Texas at Austin, April 2013.