Yolanda Manora

Yolanda  Manora

  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Department: English
  • College: Arts & Sciences


Yolanda Manora is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Alabama where she is also a Senior Fellow in the Blount Scholars Program and an affiliated faculty member in African American Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College and a Ph.D. in English from Emory University. Her research and teaching focus on issues related to race, class, gender, sexuality, and subjectivity in twentieth and twenty-first century African American/BIPOC women’s literature, film, and expressive arts. 

In addition to a monograph on fin de siècle, bohemian Black feminism in late twentieth and early twenty-first century fiction, literary nonfiction, film, and music by African American women/femme writers, filmmakers, and musical artists, her work in progress also includes Half Notes, a scholarly exploration, using critical and vernacular theory, of fragmented forms in works of literary nonfiction/memoir by women writers of African descent. 

Also a prose poet and lyric essayist working with nonlinear, fragmented forms, Manora is currently completing The Unsinging, a prose poetry and lyric essay collection of personal memoir and cultural reflection exploring Southern black girlhood/womanhood from the post-Civil Rights Movement decades through the Black Lives Matter era.