You are here: Home People Keith Gilyard
Keith Gilyard

Keith Gilyard

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and African American Studies

412 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-9123

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2019:

Curriculum Vitae

Download CV


  1. BS, City University New York
  2. MFA, Columbia University
  3. EdD, New York University

Professional Bio

Scholarly Monographs

On African-American Rhetoric, with Adam J. Banks (Routledge, 2018)

Louise Thompson Patterson: A Life of Struggle for Justice (Duke University Press, 2017)

True to the Language Game: African American Discourse, Cultural Politics, and Pedagogy (Routledge, 2011)

John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism (University of Georgia Press, 2010)

Conversations in Cultural Rhetoric and Composition Studies, with Victor Taylor (The Davies Group, Publishers, 2009)

Composition and Cornel West: Notes Toward a Deep Democracy (Southern Illinois University Press, 2008)

Liberation Memories: The Rhetoric and Poetics of John Oliver Killens (Wayne State University Press, 2003)

Let's Flip the Script: An African American Discourse on Language, Literature, and Learning (Wayne State University Press, 1996)

Voices of the Self: A Study of Language Competence (Wayne State University Press, 1991)

Textbooks and Edited Collections
Rhetorical Choices: A Reader for Writers, 2nd ed., ed. with Deborah Holdstein and Chuck Schuster (Longman, 2007. [1st ed. 2004])

African American Literature, ed. with Anissa Wardi (Longman, 2004)

Rhetoric and Ethnicity, ed. with Vorris Nunley (Heinemann, 2004)

Race, Rhetoric, and Composition, ed. (Heinemann, 1999)

Spirit & Flame: An Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, ed. (Syracuse University Press, 1997)

The Odyssey Reader, ed. with Nance Hahn and Faith Plvan (Kendall/Hunt, 1997)

Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle . . . and Other Modern Verse, 2nd ed., ed. with Stephen Dunning, Edward Lueders, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Demetrice A. Worley (Scott Foresman 1995)


Wing of Memory (Whirlwind Press, 2015)

How I Figure: Poems (Whirlwind Press, 2003)

Poemographies (Whirlwind Press, 2001)

American 40 (Eclipse III, 1993)

Recent Essays and Book Chapters (selected)
“The Rhetoric of Translingualism.” College English, Vol. 78, No. 3 (2016): 283-288.

“Imagining a Way.” In Structural Kindness: Essays on Literacy Education in Honor of Kent D. Williamson. Edited by Darren Cambridge and Patricia Lambert Stock. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2015. 110-115.

“Growing Writers: A Response to David McCulllough.” In The Power of Writing: Dartmouth ’66 in the Twenty-First Century. Edited by Christiane Donahue and Kelly Blewett. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College Press, 2015. 43-48.

“John Dewey, W. E. B. Du Bois, and a Rhetoric of Education.” In Trained Capacities: John Dewey, Rhetoric, and Democratic Practice. Edited by Brian Jackson and Gregory Clark. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2014. 125-141.

“Literacy, Rhetoric, Education, Democracy: NCTE Presidential Address.” Research in the Teaching of English, Vol. 47, No. 3 (2013): 341-350.

“On My Disciplinary Birth.” In Composition’s Roots in English Education. Edited by Patricia Lambert Stock. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann/Boynton Cook, 2012. 147-159.

“For Jayne.” The Black Scholar, Vol. 43, No.1/2 (2013): 17-20.

“High Noon for High-Stakes Testing?” Council Chronicle, Vol. 22, No. 2 (2012): 24-

“Children, Arts, and Du Bois.” Council Chronicle, Vol. 22, No. 1 (2012): 19-20.25.

“Writing Economies, Activism, and Community Work.” JAC, Vol.32, No. 3-4 (2012): 461-478.

“From King to Obama.” In 44 on 44: Forty-four African American Writers on the Election of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United Sates of America. Edited by Lita Hooper, Sonia Sanchez, and Michael Simanga. Chicago, IL: Third World Press, 2011. 67-71.

“Getting it Together: Notes toward a Shared Future for NCTE and CCCC.” College

Composition and Communication, Vol. 62, No. 3 (2011): 539-549.