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Dr. Daryl Dance

Professor of English, Emerita
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    • Grants and Fellowships

      Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Fellowship, Stanford, CA, 1998-99

      Virginia Endowment for the Humanities Resident Fellowship, Spring 1997

      University of Richmond PETE Grant, Summer, 1995

      University of Richmond Faculty Travel Grant, Summer 1994

      Virginia Commonwealth University Grants-in-Aid, Summer 1986

      Sabbatical, VCU, 1984-85

      VCU Grants-in-Aid, Summer 1981

      Robert R. Moton Research Grant, 1979-80

      Fulbright Research Grant (Jamaica), Summer-Fall, 1978

      Eastern Virginia International Studies Consortium Grant, Fall, 1977

      NEH Research Grant, Summer, 1976

      NEH Research Grant, 1974-75

      Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1970-71

      Southern Fellowships Fund Fellowships, 1969-70, 1968-69, and 1967-68

      Ford Foundation Fellowship in Asian Studies, Summer, 1964

    • Awards

      Legacy Award, Virginia State University, January 23, 2008

      The Sojourner Truth Award from The African American Studies Program of George Mason University, March 20, 2007

      Zora Neale Hurston Award, National Association of Black Storytellers Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA,  November 13, 2004

      From My People won the 2004 Storytelling World Award

      From My People selected as one of the "Top 10 African American Nonfiction" books reviewed by Booklist between February 2001 and February 2002

      Sister Circle Book Award for Outstanding Anthology, March 12, 1999, San Francisco, CA

      National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education's (NAFEO's) 1998 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award (Virginia State University), Washington, D.C., April 18, 1998

      Award of Distinction from The African American/Caribbean Cultural Arts Commission of Miami, FL, September 21, 1996

      Citation for Contributions to Caribean Literature, by The Caribbean-American Association of Richmond, VA, June 10, 1994

      Featured in "Muses: A Tribute to Mature Women Who Have Lived Creative Lives," Photograph exhibit by Carlie Collier, opened at VCU on May 14, 1992

      VCU African-American Alumni honoree

      Phi Beta Sigma Outstanding Faculty Award, VCU, April 1991

      VCU Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Research Award, 1989

      Subject of "A Black History Moment" (features on selected individuals shown throughout Black History Month), WXEX-TV8, February, 1988

      Fifty Caribbean Writers named an outstanding reference book of 1986 by Library Journal

      Member, Virginia Writers Club, 1986-

      VCU Arts and Sciences Lecturer Award, March 31, 1981

      Black Arts Award for Excellence in the Literary Arts, Branches of the Arts, Richmond, Virginia, September 25, 1980

      Danforth Associate, 1974-

      Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Award for Achievement in Education, May 1972

  • Publications

    From My People: 400 Years of African American Folklore: An Anthology. New York: W. W. Norton, 2002.

    The Lineage of Abraham: The Biography of a Free Black Family in Charles City, VA. (self published, 1998).

    Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor. New York: W. W. Norton, 1998.

    New World Adams: Conversations with Contemporary West Indian Writers. Leeds, England: Peepal Tree Press, 1992.

    Long Gone: The Mecklenburg Six and the Theme of Escape in Black Folklore. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1987.

    Fifty Caribbean Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical and Critical Sourcebook. Edited with introduction and essays on Michael Anthony, Austin Clarke, Earl Lovelace, Vic Reid, Andrew Salkey, and Michael Thelwell by Daryl Cumber Dance. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1986.

    Folklore from Contemporary Jamaicans. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1985.

    Shuckin' and Jivin': Folklore from Contemporary Black Americans. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978.