Alum Keith Donnell Jr.'s New Poem Is a Eulogy for Malcolm X

Thursday, March 04, 2021
Keith Donnell stands in front of a body of water wearing a baseball cap with a map of Africa

JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR -- Donnell, a graduate of San Francisco State University’s Creative Writing program, said that he’s immersed himself in history, both as an undergraduate and in an earlier master’s degree in African American literature. His approach to the Malcolm X poem, along with a collection that will be his second collection, represents his sense that to truly eliminate anti-Blackness requires nothing less than remaking society.

“I want to create a voice that is singular and at the same time, multitudes that talk over each other, connections between now and then,” he said.