Sanders researches early 20th-century American and African American literature and culture. He has worked extensively on the Harlem Renaissance, writing one book and co-editing another on the poet Sterling Brown. Sanders is currently working on a volume on one of Brown’s contemporaries, writer Anne Spencer.
After discovering the writings of Afro-Cuban soldier Ricardo Battrell, Sanders’ interests expanded to Afro-Latino poetry. He is now working to bring together scholars to translate work by African-descended writers from across the Americas.
“My hope is that we can begin to theorize about what black writing is and why it's important, not simply in a U.S. specific context but indeed at a hemispheric level,” he said.
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