Anand Prahlad

Anand Prahlad
Professor and Director of Creative Writing
335 Tate
Areas of Study: 
African Diaspora Studies
Creative Writing
Film Studies, Digital Storytelling, and Visual Studies
Folklore Studies
Research and Teaching: 

Contemporary poetry, folkloristics, and culture studies of the African Diaspora

Anand Prahlad teaches creative writing, folklore, Africana literature, and film studies. He specializes in contemporary poetry, folkloristics, and culture studies of the African Diaspora. His research and creative interests include poetry of the body, the convergence of popular and classical forms, the proverb and speech performances, and theories of race and gender. He is the author of Hear My Story and Other Poems and has published widely in American poetry journals. In addition to his poems, he has published two critical books, African American Proverbs in Context (University Press of Mississippi, 1996) and Reggae Wisdom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music (University Press of Mississippi, 2001), and numerous articles on topics in folkloristics, literature and culure studies.


PhD 1991, University of California, Los Angeles

Select Publications: 
  • Anand Prahlad, As Good As Mango, poems, (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2012).
  • Anand Prahlad. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore (Three Volumes) (Greenwood Press, 2005)
  • Anand Prahlad. "Africana Folklore: History and Challenges." Journal of American Folklore 118.469 (2005): 253-270
  • Anand Prahlad. "Getting Happy: An Ethnographic Memoir." Journal of American Folklore 118:467 (2005): 21-44
  • Anand Prahlad. "The Proverb and Fetishism in American Advertisements." What Goes Around Comes Around: The Circulation of Proverbs in Contemporary Life Ed. Kimberly J. Lau, Peter Tokofsky, and Stephen D. Winick. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2004. 127-151
  • Anand Prahlad. "'You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth': Proverbial Expressions, Feminist Perspectives, and the Fetish in the Work of Janet Davidson-Hues." Journal of American Folklore 117:463 (2004): 22-54
  • Sw. Anand Prahlad. Reggae Widsom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music (University Press of Mississippi, 2001)