Congratulations Reggie Wilburn, recipient of the College Language Association Award for Creative Scholarship for his book,  Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt: Appropriating Milton in the Early African American Literature.

Reggie was presented the award at the CLA Conference banquet on April 8, 2016.

"In Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt, Reginald A. Wilburn illuminates early African American writers’ bold and ingenious interpretations of one of western literature’s epic poets, John Milton. In doing so, Wilburn, like the authors he has so lucidly researched, renders 'darkness visible' for a new generation of literary scholars."— Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

This is an original study, the first to devote itself to early African Americans’ receptions of John Milton . . . [a] groundbreaking argument about a critical ‘void’ between Milton and African American studies. . . . All of Wilburn’s readers owe him a deep debt of gratitude for making it possible to envision this important remapping of Milton and African American studies.” — Milton Quarterly