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Gwendolyn Baxley

Dr. Gwendolyn Baxley is an Assistant Professor in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. She investigates how school and community leaders cultivate nurturing, affirming spaces for Black youth as well as the structures, practices, ideologies that facilitate or hinder the development of such spaces, including the roles of AntiBlackness and race.

Pandemic Poetics: An Eulogy and Manifesto in an AntiBlack World

We both turn to poetry for refuge and reflection during these multiple pandemics. When Blackness means possible execution, poetry becomes both eulogy and manifesto: we put our pens to pads as a means to not only mourn and give tribute to Black life lost, but also declare and celebrate the audacity and fearlessness of Black life (and Black afterlives) even in the face of violence.

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