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I salvaged a few clothes, some research, my soggy Kaufman books since I'd

like to finish that work and get it to a publisher.  Everything is ruined, my library,

even my clothes--the smell is unimaginable; already, I've washed them again

and again, hoping to at least recover my jeans and some shirts.



Books by Mona Lisa Saloy

Red Beans and Ricely Yours: Poems

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Visited Home on Monday

Conversation After the Flood

With Jerry Ward, Miriam  Mona Lisa


Tue, 20 Sep 2005 16:01:31 EDT

Dear Mona Lisa & Jerry,

Today I talked with Karen Green, a Dillard professor who knows you, and she told me that Dillard is paying its faculty.

Apparently, her sister, who is in Houston, has direct deposit and received her salary, but Karen doesn't have dd. She had to call the following number--1 (877) 888-0100--to give them her address.  She also gave me the e-mail address of the provost (?), which is bparker  She said there's a space in the middle of the name, but that doesn't look right to me.

Karen is in Natchez with her parents.

I hope that you are doing better this week than last.

Take care,


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Tue, 20 Sep 2005 19:05:11 -0500

Dear Miriam and Mona Lisa,

Since I had direct deposit, Dillard did put my final August check in the bank; I'll have to go online to see if there was a September 15 deposit.  Dillard now has a new websit: which contains updated news and other information.  When I talked with Dean Taylor last week, there was a strong possibility that Dillard would offer classes in January from the Morris Brown campus. That would be an historically noteworthy happening.

I have an apartment in Vicksburg and am doing some volunteer teaching at Tougaloo College as my alumni gift.  Working with students also prevents my falling into self-pity about what I may have lost in New Orleans. Doing a two-week seminar at Grinnell College (24 Oct-4 Nov) will also help.  I am working on various entries about the disaster and my oddly convoluted states of mind and my brain walking a tightrope to somewhere under the title "THE KATRINA PAPERS." Let us pray we do not have to add a "RITA CODA."

Mona Lisa, it would be good if John Lowe and the LSU English Department could sponsor a Red Beans & Ricely Yours party for you next month or in November.  I am sure those of us who are in driving distance would come for the celebration.



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Visited Home on Monday

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 2:40 PM

Hey now Jerry and Miriam,

If you don't know, I've accepted a Visiting Assoc. Prof. position at the University of Washington for the year.  They begin school next Wednesday; I need the job so I can keep my property. 

Y'all, I visited New Orleans on Monday. Ishmael Reed's words are more than on target.  My beloved New Orleans is a ghost town, like the abandoned towns of the old west, empty, dead, no grass, nothing growing, no one there.  Jerry, can you imagine Dillard with all dead grass?  That's what's there, deadness, and the surrounding homes were flooded like mine.  I salvaged a few clothes, some research, my soggy Kaufman books since I'd like to finish that work and get it to a publisher.  Everything is ruined, my library, even my clothes--the smell is unimaginable; already, I've washed them again and again, hoping to at least recover my jeans and some shirts.  Some fine things are in the dry cleaner, and because everything floated around, I couldn't get to my winter coat.  All my shoes are gone, my beautiful kitchen and new bedroom; I had just renovated last year.  How can we all rebuild at once?  At least, in my neighborhood, our old shotgun homes are still standing.  In the East, it is more of a war zone with massive damage to most every home and more extensive flooding. It was horrible.  Even if Dillard opens in January, who will be there, who will come into this?

I'm exhausted, and trying to get everything in order before flying out on Friday, the 23rd of Sept. 

I'll get together, with my sister Barbara too, who lives in Seattle as well, one great reason to  pick that place.  I have so much to be thankful for since daily I see so many without jobs or a place to go.  God help us all.

Please keep in touch.  Hugs to you both.

Red Beans and Ricely Thankful and Hopeful,
Mona Lisa

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005 4:55 PM

Rudy, Mona Lisa was one of the first persons whom I contacted, and I knew that you were worried about her.  This is so sad, and it's like so many of the stories that are coming out of New Orleans:  everything lost, in shambles, moldy and mildewed.  How can a person go back to that?  Maybe M. L. can because (I think) she's young and will have the energy to undertake the monumental job of rebuilding, but what about the aged and sick and disheartened and clinically depressed? -- Miriam

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Dillard University's Creative Writing Program

Study with Published Awarded Writers

Mona Lisa Saloy and Dedra Johnson

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Red Beans and Ricely Yours

By Mona Lisa Saloy

Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy has achieved a similar liberation and transformation with this new book of poems. Such personal victories always deserve great applause, especially when they are achieved so wonderfully. No writer or group of writing comes to mind of Black New Orleans that captures the New Orleans life in so wondrous a painting, musical composition—not Kalamu ya Salaam, not Brenda Marie Osbey, not even Marcus Bruce Christian. None expresses such love and devotion, none so realistically and approachable, none so fully and delightfully as we find in Red Beans and Ricely Yours(2005). These fifty poems or so of a life murdered by human neglect and disregard are insights won with blood and tears. I remind you the book should have been the first three sections (36 poems), except for a few other poems in the other two sections (16 poems). Whatever flaw the book may have, one delights even in them. All the poems are well done and will be enjoyed. Folks, we have a classic here that will make an excellent gift for any occasion. I have the hardback edition. One on your shelf, everybody’ll know you have good taste, New Orleans style. A final note: I’m told that Louis Armstrong used to sign all his letters Red Beans and Ricely Yours.

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Malcolm X

A Life of Reinvention

By Manning Marable

Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist.

Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age thirty-nine. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man. In death he became a broad symbol of both resistance and reconciliation for millions around the world.

Manning Marable's new biography of Malcolm is a stunning achievement. Filled with new information and shocking revelations that go beyond the Autobiography, Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America, from the rise of Marcus Garvey and the Ku Klux Klan to the struggles of the civil rights movement in the fifties and sixties. Reaching into Malcolm's troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents' activism through his own engagement with the Nation of Islam, charting his astronomical rise in the world of Black Nationalism and culminating in the never-before-told true story of his assassination. Malcolm X will stand as the definitive work on one of the most singular forces for social change, capturing with revelatory clarity a man who constantly strove, in the great American tradition, to remake himself anew.

Pulitzer Prize for History 2012 Winner—For a distinguished and appropriately documented book on the history of the United States, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Awarded to Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, by the late Manning Marable (Viking), an exploration of the legendary life and provocative views of one of the most significant African-Americans in U.S. history, a work that separates fact from fiction and blends the heroic and tragic. (Moved by the Board from the Biography category.)Pulitzer

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively. Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies. As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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