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About William Lyne

A specialist in American and African American Literature, he is the editor of Walking the Talk: An Anthology of African American Studies. His articles have appeared in PMLA, Arizona Quarterly, African American Review, Science and Society, and other journals and collections. He teaches courses in American literature, African American literature, and cultural studies.


Present Professor, Department of English, Western Washington University Department of English

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • Representative Timm Ormsby Award for Faculty Citizenship, Council of Faculty Representatives, 2014
  • 2014 United Faculty of Washington State “You Wear Spurs” Award, 2008
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Grant, 2005
  • Featured Speaker, Malcolm X Celebration, Western Washington University, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Summer Research Grant, Western Washington University, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2009
  • Keynote Speaker, Martin Luther King Day Celebration, Western Washington University, 1999
  • Featured Speaker, Martin Luther King Day Celebration, Western Washington University, 1998
  • Keynote Speaker, Ethnic Student Center Retreat, Western Washington University, 1998
  • Keynote Speaker, Year of the African American, University of Puget Sound, 1994
  • President's Fellow, University of Virginia, 1984-87


  • Twentieth-Century African American Women Writers
  • Twentieth-Century African American Literature
  • American Literature from 1940 to the present
  • American Literature from 1860 to 1940
  • Critical and Cultural Theory
  • The Revolutionary Tradition in African American Literature
  • Twentieth-Century American Poetry
  • Race and Power in Twentieth-Century America


1990 Ph.D., University of Virginia ‐ English
1986 M.A., University of Virginia ‐ English
1983 B.A., University of California, Los Angeles ‐ English

Contact Information

Phone: (360) 650-3234
Office: Humanities 315


Books (2)

Contributions to Books (1)

Articles (8)

Reviews (2)

Poetry (2)

Conferences (9)

Presentations (24)