Dr. Shauna M. Morgan is a poet-scholar and Associate Professor of creative writing and Africana literature at the University of Kentucky. She also serves as Director of Equity and Inclusion Initiatives in the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) where she works to foster an environment that is conducive to shaping transformative academic experiences through interdisciplinary faculty development, community engagement, and innovative collaborative practices with academic and administrative units.
Before joining the University of Kentucky, Shauna was tenured on the faculty of English at Howard University where she taught from 2012-2019. Both her scholarly work and her poetry are deeply engaged with traditions of global Black art and culture. Her critical work has been published in Journal of Postcolonial Writing, South Atlantic Review, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, College Language Association Journal, and elsewhere. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications including A Gathering Together, Interviewing the Caribbean, A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics & Consciousness, and The A-LINE: a journal of progressive thought. Shauna's chapbook, Fear of Dogs & Other Animals, was published by Central Square Press. Her current creative project, “Ordinal," is a poetry manuscript which re-imagines the Victorian-era Anglican book of prayer as a collection of Black women's syncretistic laments, praises, and songs that attempt to excise traumas and liberate sexualities. She is also currently at work on “The Life Thing in Us: Decoloniality and the Aesthetics of Liberation in Contemporary Black Poetry," a book that explores the twenty-first-century poetry of the Black diaspora and investigates the ways in which the poets and their works move along a continuum of decoloniality in the ongoing struggle for global Black liberation.
Shauna was awarded Interviewing the Caribbean's inaugural Catherine James Palmer Poetry Prize, and she was a fellow at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany. She tends to a hopeful garden at her home at the Artists' Village in the historic East End of Lexington, Kentucky.