Organizing Committee

Tasia Milton officialTASIA MILTON, Chair

Tasia Milton is a PhD candidate in English specializing in African American literature, narrative theory, and theories of creolization. Her dissertation, “Replacing the South: Northern Slavery and Early American History in Black Women’s Writing,” moves discussions of slavery from the plantation to Northern family farms and homes, arguing that the self-fashioning and mobility this locale allows force an interrogation of conceptions of freedom and emancipation for enslaved women.

carrie kholiCARRIE Y.T. KHOLI

Carrie Y. T. KhoLi is a poet/scholar/teacher/blogger, new media strategist, and self-defined goal digger + dream catcher.  Co-founder and Creative Director of Khafra Company and The Ardor Brand, Creator of Be Your Own Girlfriend and Black.Girl.Grad.School., and Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University, khoLi spends the bulk of her time using mystical powers conjuring enough hours in the day to complete her dissertation – appropriately titled, “Running Out of Time: Radicalism, Resistance, and the Future of African American Literature.” khoLi mixes her love for literature, creative copy, brand development, and pop culture in order to discuss the generation and progress of trans-historical moments in black resistance while worrying the lines of identity and power.  She believes that Jay Z is necessary for the revolution and that joy is a radical political position.

BECCA KLAVER

klaverBecca Klaver is a fifth-year student in English at Rutgers writing a dissertation on contemporary American women’s experimental poetry, feminism, and the everyday, with planned chapters on Diane di Prima, Sonia Sanchez, Lyn Hejinian, Bernadette Mayer, and Alice Notley. She studies innovative poetic traditions from modernism and the historical avant-gardes to the present, and is particularly interested in how feminist writing demands new forms. At Rutgers, she has taught Expository Writing, Introduction to Creative Writing, Principles of Literary Study–Poetry, and Contemporary Poetry. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago, and is also the author of a book of poems, LA Liminal (Kore Press, 2010), and several chapbooks. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Becca now lives in Brooklyn. Learn more at www.beccaklaver.com.

DONAVAN L. RAMON

Donavan RamonDonavan L. Ramon is a fifth year PhD candidate in English, specializing in African American Literature. His dissertation, tentatively titled “These Narratives of Racial Passing…Have Risen from the Dead,” traces a new taxonomy for twentieth-century narratives of racial passing. Don earned his B.A. in English and the Special Honors Curriculum at Hunter College, where he now serves as the summer coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. He is also the very first Member-at-Large for Diversity on the board of directors of the Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA) and a graduate assistant at the Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity

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