Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu
Assistant Professor, English
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Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu, an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Washington University in St. Louis, specializes in African and Black Anglophone literature and cultures, digital humanities, and poetry. She is working on a book, “Network Poetics: Black Transnationalism, Poetry, and the Making of Literary Worlds,” which delves into post-1960s Afro-Anglophone poetry, unraveling intricate literary networks within works from Africa and the diaspora. This project offers a fresh perspective on world literature, specifically from the Black Anglophone realm, emphasizing global south to global south connections in poems and literary worlds.
Dr. Adwetewa-Badu is also the director of the Global Poetics Project, a lab for the study of poetry and poetics. The Global Poetics Project Is An experimental archive, co-working space, and production studio invested in developing resources and tools for the study of poetry and poetics. The GPP conducts literary experiments and studies on poetry by utilizing mapping tools, network modeling, XR, VR, and various forms of digital storytelling, with many of these projects focusing on African diasporic poetry.