Darrell D. Stover

Mr. Stover has an MA in Science Writing from the Johns Hopkins University Creative Writing Program which prepares you to contextualize for museums and communications to the public. It requires proficiency in multiple genres. In his case it was creative non-fiction and poetry. He has written, performed, published and workshopped science, jazz, and blues poetry at many institutions and festivals over the years as well as guest editing the special Jazz Issue of Obsidian when it was published at North Carolina State University. The other major contribution in this regard resulted in the presentation of the paper "Rita Dove, Sterling Brown, and the Blues" at the first "Furious Flower - Black Poetry 60s and Beyond" at James Madison University. 

He has more extensive practice as a cultural historian reflected in 30 years of performance and curation of cultural programs of the Black Experience - the Celluloid Sounds: Black Music Traditions in Film among others for the Black Diaspora Film Festival; a 10 month long series of panel discussions and programs on Afrofuturism; the, co-hosted with Doris Betts, 14-week nationally broadcasted public radio program "Storylines Southeast" that examined southern literature; 5 years of curation and booking of the Bull Durham Blues Festival; curation of the African-American Music Trail of Eastern North Carolina photo exhibition and musicians directory; curation of Sci-Fi Noire - Discussions with Black Science Fiction Writers; 15 years as a member of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival selection committee; management of the first ever partnership between the state of North Carolina and the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street program touring New Harmonies - America's Musical Heritage through rural communities in their examination of their regional musical heritage as Program Director of the North Carolina Humanities Council; and 8 years of teaching close to twenty sessions of AFS 346 Black Popular Culture - From the Blues to Afrofuturism, a very popular course on campus at NCSU which brings into discourse an interdisciplinary scholarship that embraces cultural history, performance studies, art history, and intersectionality.

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Brother Larry: Jazz Griot (1950-2023)

Eulogy, Jazz, Memorial, Music Eulogy by Darrell D. Stover,  August 27, 2023