Renée Alexander Craft is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a specialization in Black Diaspora literature, culture, and performance. Her writings include critical essays, long-form print and digital publications that reflect her academic research, children’s books, poetry, and fiction. Her book-length publications include When the Devil Knocks: The Congo Tradition and the Politics of Blackness in 20th Century Panama, a monograph that reflects her ethnographic research within the Afro-Latin community of Portobelo, Panama; The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance, which she co-edited with Kathy A. Perkins, Sandra L. Richards, and Thomas F. DeFrantz; and I Will Love You Everywhere Always, a children’s book dedicated to helping children cope with death and loss. She is currently completing a novel titled She Looks Like Us, which was inspired by her field research in a tight-knit Afro-Latin community in Panama and her experiences growing up in a community of African American kin in North Carolina.

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