Contemporary Black American Poets and Dramatists

By Harold Bloom | Go to book overview

Thylias Moss

b. 1954

THYLIAS MOSS was bom Thylias Rebecca Brasier on February 27, 1954, in Cleveland, Ohio, the only child of Calvin Theodore and Florida Missouri Gaiter Brasier.Both of Thylias's parents came from the South: her father originated from Cowan, Tennessee, and worked for the Cardinal Tire Company, while her mother was the daughter of a farmer from Valhermosa Springs, Alabama.Thylias grew up in a loving and stable environment, with her parents encouraging her youthful attempts at literature: she wrote a short story at the age of six and a poem at seven.

After graduating from Alexander Hamilton Junior High School and John Adams High School, Thylias entered Syracuse University.She remained there for two years ( 1971-73) but found the racial tensions at the college difficult to endure and withdrew. Shortly afterward, in July 1973, she married John Lewis Moss, a man she had met at the New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Cleveland when she was sixteen.

Moss eventually returned to college, this time attending Oberlin and receiving a B.A. in creative writing in 1981. Two years later she earned an M.A. from the University of New Hampshire.In that same year, 1983, she published her first book of poetry, Hosiery Seams on a Bowlegged Woman. Moss had won the Academy of American Poets College Prize in 1982 for the poem " Coming of Age in Sanduski" and was encouraged by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center to compile a volume of her poetry. Hosiery Seams attracted relatively little attention but was representative of many of the themes found in Moss's work: deep concern about the role of both minorities and women in society, a religious sensibility that is nonetheless highly critical of the social and intellectual repressiveness of conventional religion, and a probing of her own mental and emotional states as she encounters the varied phenomena of life.

Moss has received many awards and grants to continue her work, including grants from the Kenan Charitable Trust and the National Endowment for the Arts and a fellowship from the Artists' Foundation of Massachusetts.

-132-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Contemporary Black American Poets and Dramatists
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Contemporary Black American Poets and Dramatists *
  • Contents *
  • User's Guide vi
  • The Life of the Author vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Ed Bullins 1
  • Rita Dove 17
  • Nikki Giovanni 32
  • Michael S. Harper 47
  • June Jordan 62
  • Etheridge Knight 77
  • Audre Lorde 90
  • Haki R. Madhubuti 106
  • Clarence Major 120
  • Thylias Moss 132
  • Ishmael Reed 143
  • Carolyn M. Rodgers 159
  • Sonia Sanchez 171
  • Ntozake Shange 186
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 200

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.