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Charles Cantalupo (Schuylkill)

Charles Cantalupo (Schuylkill)

Distinguished Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and African Studies
(570) 385-6055
Penn State Schuylkill 200 University Drive Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Charles Cantalupo


Ph.D. (1980), Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)
M.A. (1978), Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)
B.A. (1973), English, Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
University of Kent at Canterbury (UK) 1972

Professional Bio

Charles Cantalupo has three book length collections of poetry:  Where War Was (Mkuki na Nyota, 2016), Light the Lights (Red Sea Press, 2004), Anima/l Woman and Other Spirits (Spectacular Diseases, 1996), and a fourth in progress, Minor Heroics. His latest book is Non-Native Speaker: Selected and Sundry Essays (Africa World Press, 2018) and includes work spanning twenty-five years.  His memoir, Joining Africa - From Anthills to Asmara (Michigan State University Press, 2012), a story of poets and poetry in Africa, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award in 2012.  His translations include three books of poetry from Eritrea:  We Have Our Voice:  Selected Poetry of Reesom Haile (Red Sea Press, 2000), We Invented the Wheel (Red Sea Press, 2002), and Who Needs a Story? Contemporary Eritrean Poetry in Tigrinya, Tigre and Arabic (Hdri Publishers, 2006).   His monograph, War and Peace in Contemporary Eritrean Poetry (Mkuki na Nyota, 2009) analyzes the poetry in Who Needs a Story? His poetry, translations, and essays appear in a wide range of print and online journals.  With funding from the Ford and Rockefeller foundations and The World Bank, he co-chaired the seven-day conference and festival, Against All Odds: African Languages and Literatures into the 21st Century in Asmara, Eritrea, in January 2000.  Writer and director of the documentary, Against All Odds (2007), which chronicles the event, he is a co-author of the historic "Asmara Declaration on African Languages and Literatures." He is also the author of The World of Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Ngugi wa Thiong'o:  Texts and Contexts (Africa World Press, 1995), and his first book was A Literary Leviathan:  Thomas Hobbes's Masterpiece of Language (Bucknell University Press, 1991).  He lives in Bethlehem, PA, one hundred yards north of the grave of the poet, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle).  Watch him read from his literary memoir, Joining Africa - and his recent interview with Kenyan author, Ngugi wa Thiong'o:  New interviews can be found at and at