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Laura Elizabeth Vrana

Laura Elizabeth Vrana

Institute for the Arts & Humanities Graduate Student Resident, Summer 2016

Africana Research Center Dissertation Fellow, Fall 2016

203C Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2017:
  • Tuesday 1:20 pm - 2:50 pm
  • Thursday 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • And by appointment:


  1. Ph.D. in English Literature - Pennsylvania State University (defended December 2016, graduating May 2017)
  2. M.A. in English Literature - Pennsylvania State University (May 2013)
  3. B.A. in English Literature - Yale University

Professional Bio

Laura Vrana has recently defended her dissertation on black women's poetry since the Black Arts Movement and the politics of publication, literary prizes/awards, and academic institutions. She has taught English 15: Rhetoric and Composition, English 202C: Technical Writing, English 437: The Poet in America, and English/African American Studies 469: Slavery and the Literary Imagination, and both tutored in and served as coordinator of the English 005 tutoring program. She participated as a summer scholar in the National Endowment for the Humanities institute "Black Poetry After the Black Arts Movement" in the summer of 2015. Her article "'soundtrack for a generational shift': Music and Innovation in Evie Shockley's the new black" was published in Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora in 2016, and another piece on Frances Harper, Margaret Walker, and Gwendolyn Brooks and the black female ballad tradition as anti-lynching protest is forthcoming in the Journal of Ethnic American Literature.