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Professor | Department of English
Dr. Sandra G. Shannon is Professor of African American Literature in the Department of English at Howard University. She is a leading scholar on the works of playwright August Wilson with titles such as The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson and August Wilson's Fences: A Reference Guide to her credit. She coedited the essay collectionAugust Wilson and Black Aesthetic and is completing her work as coeditor of the forthcoming MLA Approaches to Teaching series volume Approaches to Teaching the Plays of August Wilson. Dr. Shannon has most recently published “An Intimate Look at Lynn Nottage,” which appeared along with an in-depth interview of the playwright in the collection, Contemporary African American Women Playwrights. She is also the author of “Women Playwrights Who Cross Cultural Borders,” which appears in the 2013 edition of The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre.
Dr. Shannon is currently part of an NEH award-winning team that will produce the PBS American Masters documentary on August Wilson set to air in 2014. She was recently named a Fulbright Specialist and has since won a grant from the U. S. State Department to travel to Botswana to do archival research on the written correspondences of the country’s most influential writer, the late Bessie Head. Dr. Shannon has recently accepted the editorship of the College Language Association Journal.
Sandra Shannon and the August Wilson documentary