Akasha Gloria Hull
"Politics, Spirituality, Creativity:
Black Women in the New Age Paradigm"
November 1, 2001
7:30 p.m. Reading
Recital Hall, PAC
UAlbany's Uptown Campus
Poet, writer, historian and critic Akasha Gloria Hull is the author of Soul Talk: The New Spirituality of African American Women. The book is an compelling blend of stories, practical advice about spirituality in daily life, and intimate conversations with some of American's most influential black writers, including Alice Walker, Lucille Clifton, Toni Cade Bambara, Sonia Sanchez, Michele Gibbs, Dolores Kendrick, Masani Alexis De Veaux, Namonyah Soipan and Geraldine McIntosh. Topics include healing, race, Christianity, New Age religion, African and neo-African spirituality, feminism, creativity, and communing with one's ancestors.
Akasha Gloria Hull is also the author of Healing Heart (1989), a volume of original poetry. Other works include Color, Sex and Poetry: Three Women of the Harlem Renaissance (1987), Give Us Each Day: The Diary of Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1986), and the ground-breaking curriculum guide, All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave (1982), a vigorous assertion of the black female voice in response to its marginalization by the feminist and civil rights movements. The book received both the Outstanding Women of Color Award and the Women Educator's Curriculum Material Award.
Akasha Gloria Hull has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Association of University Women. Since 1988, she has served as Professor of Women's Studies and Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
"Along with Toni Morrison, Charlotte Carter, and Lois Elaine Griffith, we are blessed with another foreign tongue: the voice of a free, fearsome, sensual and vivid woman of color. [Akasha] Gloria Hull is 'family.' She's one of us. She means to live." - Ntozake Shange on Healing Heart
"[The] truths that waft up from this powerful, practical and nourishing gumbo make interesting reading for anyone. In this intelligent work of the heart and spirit, Hull reveals the exquisite and reflective interiors of African-American women." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Soul Talk is a worthy tribute to Toni Cade Bambara and to the lives and work of African American women writers." - Toni Morrison, author of Beloved and Paradise