Come out to Modella Gallery to hear poetry reading from Quraysh Ali Lansana. Born in Enid, Oklahoma, Lansana earned his MFA from New York University, and a B.A. in African American Studies from Chicago State University where he was mentored by the late Gwendolyn Brooks. With more than 20 books to his credit as author or editor, Lansana has been a teaching artist and curriculum developer for over a decade and has led workshops in prisons, public schools, and universities in over 30 states. Currently Lansana is on faculty in the Creative Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute in Chicagp and the Red Earth MFA Creative Writing Program at Oklahoma City University.