Making the Wright Connection

An Online Community for the Study of Richard Wright


The Wright Connection is an online community of scholars and teachers of the works of Richard Wright (1908-1960), the author of such major works as Uncle Tom’s Children, Native Son, and Black Boy. The community grows out of a fifteen-month program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that explored Richard Wright and his influence on the American idiom. The program included a two-week summer institute held from July 11-24, 2010 at the University of Kansas, and subsequent virtual seminars that used technology to foster collaboration among participants.

The site serves as a clearinghouse for all information about Richard Wright. We welcome announcements of new books, articles, reviews, and conferences, as well as discussions of new pedagogical approaches to teaching Wright. We also serve as an archive of past work on Wright, including the complete print run of the Richard Wright Newsletter (1991-2006) and podcasts of lectures by some of the world’s foremost scholars of Wright.

This site is administered by the staff of the Project on the History of Black Writing. If you are interested in contributing materials to the site, you are asked to contact us at or at the following address:

Project on the History of Black Writing
Department of English
The University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590