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Lena M. Hill is Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at University of Iowa. She received her doctorate in English from Yale University and her bachelor’s degree from Howard University. She held a post-doctoral Mellon fellowship at Duke University. Hill has published or co-authored two books: Visualizing Blackness and the Creation of the African American Literary Tradition (Cambridge UP; 2014) and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: A Reference Guide (Greenwood; 2008; co-authored with Michael Hill). An edited collection, Invisible Hawkeyes: Iowa, Integration, and the Ellisons, is currently under contract (UP of Iowa; co-edited with Michael Hill). “The Visual Art of Invisible Man: Ellison’s Portrait of Blackness” appeared in American Literature in 2009 and “A New Stage of Laughter for Zora Neale Hurston and Theodore Browne: Lysistrata and the Negro Units of the Federal Theater Project” is forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (Oxford; 2015). She currently serves as the vice president of the American Literature Association Ralph Ellison Society, a position she has held since 2010.