Frank D. Rashid is Professor Emeritus of English at Marygrove College, where he taught literature, writing, and Detroit Studies courses from 1980 until 2017. He is a founding member of Marygrove’s Institute for Detroit Studies.  He has published on Emily Dickinson, Robert Hayden, and Lawrence Joseph and on Detroit literature, culture, and politics.


BA, University of Detroit, 1972
Ph.D., University of Detroit, 1980


“Interrogating the Urban Crisis: Teaching Detroit in Literature.” Teaching Space, Place, and Literature. Ed. Robert T. Tally, Jr. Routledge, 2018, pp. 121-31.

Betzold, Michael John Davids, Bill Dow, John Pastier, and Frank Rashid, eds. Tiger Stadium: Essays and Memories of the Detroit Tigers’ Historic Ballpark, 1896-2009. McFarland, 2018.

“Losing Tiger Stadium, 1987-1999: A Detroit Story.” In Tiger Stadium: Essays and Memories of The Detroit Tigers’ Historic Ballpark, 1896-2009. pp. 129-52.

“Shifting Stories: Codes of Violence: Two Perspectives on Lawrence Joseph” (Republication of two earlier essays). Jacket 2, 9 Feb. 2012, http://jacket2.org/article/shifting-stories-codes-violence

“Back toward the Margins: Arab Detroit as a Targeted Community.” Review of Arab Detroit 9/11: Life in the Terror Decade.” Against the Current, vol. 157, 2012, pp. 32-34.

“Lawrence Joseph’s Detroit: ‘The Shifting Story.’” University of Cincinnati Law Review ,vol.  77,  2009, pp. 885-903.

“‘Transparent Eye, Voice Howling Within’: Codes of Violence in Lawrence Joseph’s Poetry.”
PMLA, vol. 123, 2008, pp. 1611-1620.

“Baseball, Scholarship, and the ‘Duty to Justice.’” Baseball/Literature/Culture 2002-2003: Selected Papers. Ed. Peter Carino. McFarland, 2004, pp. 93-105.

“Robert Hayden’s Detroit Blues Elegies.” Callaloo, vol. 24, 2001, pp. 200-226. Reprinted in Harold Bloom, ed. Robert Hayden.  Chelsea House, 2005. also republished in Poetry Criticism 123, 2012,  Gale Literature Resource Center.

“Against the Empire: The Lost Struggle to Save Tiger Stadium.” The Elysian Fields Quarterly, vol. 16, no. 1, 1999, pp. 6-8.

“The Role of Dickinson’s Biography in the Classroom.” Approaches to Teaching Emily Dickinson. Eds. Robin Riley Fast and Christine Mack Gordon. New York: MLA, 1989, pp. 134-141.

“Emily Dickinson’s Voice of Endings.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, vol. 31,  1985), pp. 23-37.

“Higginson the Entomologist.” The New England Quarterly, vol. 56, 1983, pp. 577-582.

“Emily Dickinson and the Erotic” (with Seymour L. Gross). Dickinson Studies, vol. 37,
1980, pp. 25-28.

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    Editor and Contributor. Literary Map of Detroit. Detroit: Marygrove College Institute for Detroit Studies, 2003-present.Literary Map of Detroit | IDS (wixsite.com)

    Project director, The Marygrove African American Authors Collection (MAAAC), an online archive of materials devoted to the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series, which began in 1989 and features an annual visit to the Marygrove campus by a noteworthy African American author. The collection includes, photos, video recordings, print materials, and teaching resources.   The distinguished list of visiting authors includes Gloria Naylor, Mary Helen Washington, Paule Marshall, John Edgar Wideman, Sherley Anne Williams, Octavia E. Butler, Jamaica Kincaid, Rita Dove, Virginia Hamilton, Ernest J. Gaines, Merle Collins, Lucille Clifton, Toi Derricotte, Edwidge Danticat, Cornelius Eady, Pearl Cleage, Edward P. Jones, Charles Johnson, Marilyn Nelson, Samuel R. Delany, Elizabeth Alexander, Walter Mosley, Harryette Mullen, Paul Beatty, Terrance Hayes, Natasha Trethewey, Andrea Lee, Claudia RankineMat Johnson, Colson Whitehead, Elizabeth Acevedo, Roxane Gay, Brit Bennett, and Robert Jones, Jr.  The 2024 guest will be Tracy K. Smith. The MAAAC was produced with the help of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partnership with the Detroit Historical Society.


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