We're so thrilled to welcome writer, teacher, and musician Prahlad to this year's Unbound Book Festival. Columbia residents may well have heard or seen Prahlad performing around town - he was recently one of the featured musicians at the True/False Film Festival.
Prahlad has published two books of poems, Hear My Story and Other Poems, and As Good As Mango. He has also published critical articles and books on Black folklore, including Reggae Wisdom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music, and African American Proverbs in Context, and he has edited the three volume set, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore, and the one volume African American Folklore: An Encyclopedia for Students. Prahlad is also a songwriter and musician, and released his first CD, Hover Near, in 2008, and is working on a second CD. He recently completed a short film, titled, Mouth Talking is Just Another Sound. He teaches folklore, film, creative writing, and disability studies in the English Department at the University of Missouri, where he has been a professor since 1990. Prahlad’s memoir, The Secret Life of a Black Aspie which won the Permafrost Nonfiction Book Prize and was released in February, is the first personal account to offer glimpses inside the world of an autistic African American.