Earl Braggs teaches creative writing, poetry, African American literature and Russian literature. He is the author of six collections of poetry and a chapbook. His latest book is Younger Than Neil (Anhinga Press 2009). Braggs is the recipient of the Anhinga Poetry Prize, the Jack Kerouac Literary Prize, the Gloucester Country College Poetry Prize and the Cleveland State Poetry Prize (unable to accept because he won the Anhinga Prize the same year with the same manuscript). His novel, Looking for Jack Kerouac, was a finalist in the James Jones First Novel Contest. His teaching awards include the UTNAA Outstanding Teacher Award and two Student Government Association Outstanding Professor awards.
Nikki Giovanni says, "What is and has always been needed is an honest, clear, loving voice. Earl Braggs’ Negro Side of the Moon offers that. Pull up your favorite chair and cover your cold feet with your grandmother’s quilt and enjoy this wonderful read."
Tim Seibles says, "In Negro Side of the Moon, Earl Braggs confronts the “problem of the color line” with lyrical ferocity and politically charged wit. Many things don’t get said about what seems to be a multifaceted conspiracy against the physical safety and mental well-being of Black Americas—which ultimately, calls every life into question. In his new book, Braggs means to sing the whole story in a voice both manic and carefully packed with the freight we’re all obliged to carry—whether we know it or not. If, as Dr. King has said, the destiny of white people is inextricably bound to the destiny of Black people Negro Side of the Moon is an invitation to all of us to wake the hell up and take a long look at what ails the American psyche."