Metta-Sáma Melvin

Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of English and Creative Writing and Director of Creative Writing
Main Hall 207

Metta Sáma, Assistant Professor and Director of the Creative Writing Program and Director of Center for Women Writers, is author of the poetry books, Swing at your own risk (forthcoming, Kelsey Street Press) and “South of Here” (published under her legal name, Lydia Melvin, by New Issues Press in 2005) and the chapbooks, the year we turned dragon (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Books 2016), le animal and other creatures (Miel 2015), After “Sleeping to Dream”/ After After (Nous zot Press) and the web-chapbook,  Nocturne Trio (YesYes Bøøks 2012), a collaboration of language and images with painter Mihret Dawit. Her poems, fiction, creative non-fiction, interviews and book reviews have been published or are forthcoming in the anthologies Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change, Red Sky: Poetry on the global epidemic of violence against women, Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky, Best American Experimental Poetry and the literary journals, The Baffler, Fence, Obsidian, North American Review, among others. A literary scholar, Sáma has published essays in Reclaiming Home, Remembering Motherhood, Rewriting History: African American and Afro Caribbean Writers in the Twentieth Century, The Caribbean Woman Writer as Scholar: Creating, Imagining, Theorizing, and Femininities and Masculinities in Action: On Theory and Practice in a Moving Field, amongst others. Sáma is on the Advisory Board of Black Radish Books and is a Senior Fellow of Black Earth Institute.

  • BA, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; MA and MFA, Western Michigan University; PhD, State University of New York-Binghamton
Doctoral Thesis:

Collection of poems entitled “And then” which explored loss, love, and life in limbo.

Research Interests:

Avant-garde, cultural productions, social, political, environmental, and literary activism, African diasporic history and literature, queer literature

Personal Interests:
Painting, photography