Thomas Glave, Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies

[Dr. King] really made it possible for us — meaning black people — to teach at these places. There was a time when it wouldn’t have been possible.  Many institutions, of course, still don’t treat black professors as true professionals. In light of that fact, this professorship means even more to me both personally and professionally.

THOMAS GLAVE - Professor, SUNY-Binghamton on his appointment as an MIT MLK Visiting Professor

Visiting Professor 2008-2009
Hosted by the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies

Thomas Glave is a writer and professor of English and creative writing at SUNY-Binghamton. Areas of interest: contemporary Caribbean "queer" writing, Latin-American ("queer" and other) literature, Black British writers, literatures of testimony and human rights, francophone Caribbean literature in translation, and experimental fiction and creative nonfiction.

2008-2009 Scholars

"Glave's prose is a thing of poetry, passion, beauty, and clarity in its compelling appeal for the space of human love and tolerance. A joy to read."
--Ngugi wa Thiong'o, author of Dreams in a Time of War

"Glave's voice resonates in the plucked string holding each sentence together, an echo of James Baldwin and Jean Genet; his language carries the full freight of witness...His language is seductive and regenerative, critical and humanizing, almost mathematically gauged and encompassing, and it never fails to hold us accountable. But alongside the terror we witness, moments of sheer beauty seethe out of the landscape--not as a balm, but as needful epistles of reflection...Glave has done a heroic deed."
--Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Neon Vernacular

"Glave is a gifted stylist...blessed with ambition, his own voice, and an impressive willingness to dissect how individuals actually think and behave."
--The New York Times Book Review

      

Thomas Glave is a writer and professor of English and creative writing at SUNY-Binghamton. He is the author of Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh, among other works. His main areas of interest are: contemporary Caribbean "queer" writing; Latin-American ("queer" and other) literature; Black British writers; literatures of testimony and human rights; francophone Caribbean literature in translation; and experimental fiction and creative nonfiction.

Prof. Glave earned his Bachelor's from Bowdoin College and his MFA from Brown University in 1998. Admired for his "unique style and exploration of taboo, politically volatile topics," he has since authored five award-winning books. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Kenyon Review, Callaloo, and in several anthologies. He is a dedicated activist for human rights worldwide and serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in the City University of New York (CUNY).

Prof. Glave has been a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall in Cambridge, UK and a Fulbright Fellow in Jamaica. As an MLK Visiting Professor at MIT, he was hosted by the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, where he taught literature courses and gave public lectures.

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