Black Writers of Pennsylvania Website

Begun in 2003, Black Writers of PA is an ongoing project to build and maintain a biographical and bibliographical online resource featuring post-World War II African American literary artists of Pennsylvania. The site features Black writers who were born and raised in Pennsylvania, those currently residing or working in the state, those who lived in PA for a significant period of time in the past, and also those whose experiences in Pennsylvania, even if relatively brief, had a significant impact on their writing careers. The resource includes both well-known and emerging writers, from canonical authors to those who are just beginning to publish their work. The purpose of the project is to increase awareness and understanding about Pennsylvania's rich and living African American literary history and its makers. Entries on the authors are researched and written by undergraduate students at Penn State Altoona, working under the mentorship of the project's editor, Dr. Megan Simpson.

Work Setting(s): 
On campus, Hybrid
Description of responsibilities and minimum qualifications: 

Responsibilities include conducting independent research to identify, evaluate, and sumamrize literary sources and published works, read and review key works by one or more authors, write, revise, and edit original bio-biblo introductions to authors, and contribute to decisions about website design and content. Opportunities to interview or otherwise communicate with authors may occur. Minimum qualifications include strong reading and writing skills, experience reading and writing about literature, attention to detail, reliability. Require at least one complete semester committment. Number of hours per semester variable, from 30-90, or as corresponds to 1-3 academic credits. Mandatory weekly meetings required throughout the semester.

Available Term(s): 
Position Type(s): 
Credit, Volunteer
Number of positions available: 
1-3 per semester
Application Instructions: 

Students may contact Dr. Megan Simpson via email at to express their interest and detail their qualifications or for further information.

Last Updated: 
November 13, 2023