Shelly Eversley (Professor of English, Baruch College) teaches American, feminist, and black studies. She is Academic Director of The City University of New York’s Faculty Fellowship Publication Program, and is the founder of[]. She is the author of The “Real” Negro: The Question of Authenticity in Twentieth Century African American Literature (Routledge), as well as of several essays.  She is editor of The Modern Library’s The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano or, Gustavus Vassa, The African and editor of The Sexual Body andThe 1970s, both special issues of WSQ,  She is editing the forthcoming book on 1960s African American literature and culture in transition for Cambridge, and she is writing a new book titled The Practice of Blackness, or Integration’s Discontents.