American Association of University Professors

Katherine Orr

Dr. Katherine Orr (formerly Katherine Blackbird) is an Assistant Professor teaching Poetry and Creative Writing in the English Department at Kent State. She is also a member of the Honors College faculty, a mentor to NEOMFA students teaching Creative Writing, and directs Senior Writing Portfolios. Her most recent research focuses on poetry as a modality of healing in those impacted by trauma, especially as infants and pre-cognitive, pre-verbal children, and the way poems and the images they contain mediate between trauma and a livable post-traumatic life.

Babacar M'Baye

Dr. M’Baye received his Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, his M.A. in American Studies from Pennsylvania State University, and his Maîtrise in English from Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis.