C. Liegh McInnis is an instructor of English at Jackson State University, the publisher and editor of Black Magnolias Literary Journal, the author of seven books, including four collections of poetry, one collection of short fiction (Scripts:  Sketches and Tales of Urban Mississippi), and one work of literary criticism (The Lyrics of Prince:  A Literary Look at a Creative, Musical Poet, Philosopher, and Storyteller), and the 2012 First Runner-Up of the Amiri Baraka/Sonia Sanchez Poetry Award sponsored by North Carolina State A&T.  He has presented papers at national conferences, such as College Language Association and the Neo-Griot Conference, and his work has appeared in Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Sable, New Delta Review, The Black World Today, In Motion Magazine, MultiCultural Review, A Deeper Shade, New Laurel Review, ChickenBones, Brick Street Press Anthology, Oxford American, Journal of Ethnic American Literature, and Red Ochre Lit.  In January of 2009, C. Liegh, along with eight other poets, was invited to read poetry in Washington, DC by the NAACP for their Inaugural Poetry Reading celebrating the election of President Barack Obama.  He has also been invited by colleges and libraries all over the country to read his poetry and fiction and to lecture on various topics, such creative writing and various aspects of African American literature, music, and history.  McInnis can be contacted through Psychedelic Literature, 203 Lynn Lane, Clinton, MS  39056, (601) 383-0024, psychedeliclit@bellsouth.net.

For further reading, the following articles by him can be found on the internet.

"The New Afro-Mississippi Writers"

"The Importance of Teaching Diversity in World Literature"

"Blues as Secularized Spirituals"

"The Pros and Cons of Mainstream and Self-Publishing"

"Penning the Revolution:  The Afro-Mississippi Literary Movement"

"Penning the Revolution"  The Complete and Unedited Version

"The OA Ten:  An Interview with the Oxford American"

"The Complete OA Ten Interview"

Poems by C. Liegh and other Afro-Mississippi Poets at OA

"Excerpts" from The Lyrics of Prince:  A Literary Look

"Alexander Hall and Black History"

"An Analysis of Eddie Allenís Low Road"

"Earth Tones: The Eclectic Preciseness of M.U.G.A.B.E.E."

"Racism Rules in Walthall County, Part 1"

"Racism Rules in Walthall County, Part 2"

"WJTV Engages in Racist Propaganda for Headlines"

Who or What Does The Help Help?  A Review

A Response to "Unschoolers Learn What They Want, When They Want"

"Bad Parenting not Same-Sex Marriage Is the Essential African American Issue"
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