Kathy Lou Schultz

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Kathy Lou Schultz is an award winning author and poet from Burke, South Dakota. She was born on November 30, 1966 to Lewis and Jeanne Schultz, who soon after moved the family to Kearney, Nebraska.[1]


After graduating from Kearney High School, Schultz attended undergraduate programs at Columbia University and Oberlin College;[2] she was of the first generation in her family to attend college.[1] She also received an MFA in poetry and American literature at San Francisco State University. Schultz spent a decade in the Bay area working on her poetry and prose, editing a journal of experimental literature titled Lipstick Eleven,[1][3] and working in the publishing industry. She relocated to Philadelphia in 2000, where she completed a PhD in literature at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006.[4]

Currently Schultz is a professor in the English department at the University of Memphis, where she also is the Director of the Program in Women's and Gender Studies. Previously, she was Director of the English Honors Program.[2] Her areas of interest includes African American poetry as well as the poetry of the African diaspora.[2] She teaches courses in African American, American, and Afro-Diasporic literature; poetry and poetics; and modernism.

Schultz is an activist as well, working for a variety of feminist, anti-racist and peace movements since her youth, and actively organizing against the first Gulf War as part of the statewide, grassroots peace organization Nebraskans for Peace.[1] She also worked at shelters for battered women and children in Harlem; Elyria, Ohio; and Lincoln, Nebraska.

Her monograph, The Afro-Modernist Epic and Literary History: Tolson, Hughes, Baraka was published in 2013 as part of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics Series from Palgrave, edited by Rachel Blau DuPlessis. It was released in paperback in 2016.



  1. ^ a b c d "Department of English". upenn.edu. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kathy Lou Schultz - Department of English - University of Memphis". memphis.edu. Retrieved 12 September 2015.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 28 (help)
  3. ^ "Some Vague Wife". spdbooks.org. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "University of Pennsylvania – Department of English". Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Electronic Poetry Review #5--". Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kathy Lou Schultz: Some Vague Wife". Retrieved 20 September 2014. 

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