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Dr. Joanne Braxton -- February 15, 2009

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Dr. Joanne Braxton grew up in the A.M.E. church. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her Ph. D. in American Studies from Yale University. A member of First Congo and the United Church of Christ, she is "in care" with this congregation.

Dr. Braxton is currently Visiting Distinguished Research Scholar in Literature, Religion and the Arts at the University of California at Berkeley and a Dean's Scholar at the Pacific School of Religion. She lives in Oakland and in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she teaches at the College of William and Mary and directs Africa House.

A widely published poet and writer, Dr. Braxton's works include Sometimes I Think of Maryland, a collection of poetry, the monograph Black Women Writing Autobiography: A Tradition Within a Tradition, and the play, Crossing a Deep River: A Ritual Drama in Three Movements. She also edited The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A Casebook and Wild Women in the Whirlwind: Afra-American Culture and the Contemporary Literary Renaissance. Her future interests include spiritual direction and seminary teaching.