Alumni News

English Alumnus Receives North Carolina Award

On Nov. 13, North Carolina A&T State University alumnus Lenard D. Moore will receive the 2014 North Carolina Award in Durham at the annual awards gala.

“I’m honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award,” Moore said.

As reported in The Alumni Times, Moore along with Alan Shapiro, the Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will receive the award in the category of literature. Four additional winners in the areas of public service, science and fine arts will also receive awards during the gala.

Moore, a U.S. Army veteran, finished his master’s in English, African American literature at N.C. A&T in 1997 and has since gone on to become the founder and executive director of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective as well as the co-founder of the Washington Street Writers Group.

His writing has appeared in more than 400 publications and his poetry has been translated into several languages and featured in more than 100 anthologies.

Moore writes in more than 25 poetic forms including sonnets and free verse. According to his biography on the North Carolina Awards website, Moore is a master of the Japanese poetry form haiku. Moore’s prowess with the genre is so widely accepted that he because the first southerner and the first African American to be president of the Haiku Society of America. He has been winner of the Haiku Museum of Tokyo Award and served as executive chairman of the North Carolina Haiku society.

“I don’t get to write a lot during the school year but I do write as often as possible,” Moore said.

Moore’s wife, M. Lynne Moore and his deceased daughter, Maiisha L. Moore, are also published poets. And, he and his wife also share a love of teaching. She retired as a public school teacher in 2012, while he continues his career in education as an associate professor of English at the University of Mt. Olive in Mt. Olive, N.C.

“I teach advance poetry writing, African American literature and public speaking,” he said. “I’m hoping that I’m able to spark greater interest in poetry and enhance their curiosity about literature.”

The North Carolina Awards are the highest civilian honor bestowed by the State of North Carolina. Since its beginning in 1961, more than 250 men and women have been awarded, including Dr. Maya Angelou, James Taylor, David Brinkley, and Billy Graham.

English Alumnus Publishes Ground-Breaking Book

E.L. Kornegay Jr., PhD, a 1997 English graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, has published a new book with Palgrave Macmillan. A Queering of Black Theology: James Baldwin's, Blues Project and Gospel Prose uses the selected novels and essays of Baldwin in conjunction with a theory and method of queering, constructing a black theology of liberation that engages the very important question in the new millennium: How do we reconcile sexualities with faith? Kornegay seeks to answer that question by placing sex in the place where rage produces theological violence understood as sexism and homophobia, and informs how we talk about sexuality in relation to race, God, the gospel and liberation.

Kornegay is an independent scholar/author/activist and CEO/ Founder of the Baldwin-Delaney Institute for Academic Enrichment and Faith Flourishing. After receiving he BA from A&T, Kornegay earned a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary and Master of Sacred Theology from Chicago Theological Seminary. He holds the distinction of being the first African American male to earn a Ph.D., in the history of Chicago Theological Seminary. He also earned a certificate of completion in Graduate Theological Urban Studies from the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education and is a licensed exhorter in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Kornegay has over thirteen years of experience encountering, teaching and motivating marginalized youth, young adults, and non-traditional adult learners in an urban context, urban ministry programming, community organizing and literacy advocacy. He lectures on the university and college level and is considered a pioneer in the field of post-modern sexual ethics, the study of black masculinity, homophobia and the black.
Kornegay has worked with several religious organizations, most notably the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, in planning, development, and implementation of programming designed to assist in the promotion of interfaith dialogue, theological education, and social justice. He mentored a “real world” interfaith house in Rogers Park, developed and managed a transitional shelter for men, and was instrumental in the planning and development of the Center for African American Theological Studies. Kornegay is a military veteran (USMC) and a member of Living Word Christian Center where he serves the ministry’s educational vision. He is the father of four children (Eddie III, Taylor Denise, Anthony and Taylar Jaye) and resides in Forest Park, IL, with his wife, Vada.

Completes Ph.D. Program at Texas A&M

Dennis Winston, who holds a Master of Arts from A&T, has finished his PhD in English (thesis on African American hip-hop within a postcolonial context) at Texas A & M and has secured a full-time lecturer position at Howard University.

Graduate Has Reviews Scheduled

Demetrius Noble has received word from The Journal of Black Masculinity that they will be publishing his book review on Jared Ball's I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto in their Spring 2012 issue. Three reviews he has done in tje area of Hip Hop studies texts that will be running this year are:
Journal of Pan African Studies -- review of Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic (edited by Michael Eric Dyson and Sohail Daulatzai)-- scheduled for January 2012
The Journal of Black Masculinity -- review of I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto (Jared Ball)-- scheduled for Spring 2012 issue
African American Review -- review of Decoded (Jay-Z)-- scheduled for Summer 2012 issue

Master's Graduate Publishes, Presents

Zachary Ingle, a 2008 master’s graduate in English, is now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kansas, Department of Film and Media Studies. He has reported the following achievements in the 2011-2012 academic year:

A new book, Robert Rodriguez: Interviews. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi (forthcoming in 2012); Biographies of Jean-Claude Van Damme, Liv Ullmann, Sven Nykvist, and Lasse Hallström as well as essays on “The Virgin Spring” and Scenes from a Marriage.”  Directory of World Cinema: Sweden.  Ed. Marcelline Block.  Bristol, UK: Intellect (forthcoming in 2012); “George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead and the Rise of the Diegetic Camera in Recent Horror Films.”  Ol3Media 4:9 (Jan 2011).

Also, “Concerning J. Lo’s Booty and ‘Ugly’ America.”  Review of Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media, by Isabel Molina-Guzman; and Latina/os in the Media, by Angharad N. Valdivia, Mass Communication and Society 15 (Jan 2012); Review of Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn’t Want to Be One, by Mark Kurlansky, Journal of Sport History (forthcoming); Review of Encyclopedia of Religion and Film, edited by Eric Michael Mazur, Symposia (forthcoming); Review of The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies, edited by Edward P. Comentale and Aaron Jaffe, Journal of American Culture 34 (Sep 2011): 318-319.

His presentations have included “’The Border Crossed Us’: Machete and the ‘Latino Threat Narrative,’” KU Graduate Film Symposium, Lawrence, KS, January 27-28, 2012; “’Free(ing) Huey’: Screen Adaptation of the One-Person Show in Spike Lee’s A Huey P. Newton Story,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 4, 2011; “More Than Just Kirk Cameron Films: An Analysis of the Christian Movie Industry, 1999-Present,” 2011 Joint Conference of the National Popular Cultural Association/American Culture Association with Southwest/Texas PCA/ACA, Religion Area, San Antonio, TX, April 22, 2011; “The Underground Meets Hollywood: The Early Film Criticism of Jonas Mekas,” KU Graduate Student Research Competition, Lawrence, KS, March 16, 2011; “’At Least It’s an Ethos’: Popular (Mis)Conceptions of Nihilism in Dostoevesky’s Demons and The Big Lebowski,” Oklahoma State University Annual Humanities Graduate Conference, Stillwater, OK, March 5, 2011.