Lillvis, Kristen. Posthuman Blackness and the Black Female Imagination. U of Georgia P, 2017. (Paperback available Nov. 2019)

Posthuman Blackness and the Black Female Imagination examines the future-oriented visions of black subjectivity in works by contemporary black women writers, filmmakers, and musicians, including Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Julie Dash, and Janelle Monáe.


"Ambitiously covering literary, musical, and visual narratives, this text productively periodizes contemporary black women's writing and demonstrates continuities between past-facing and future-oriented narratives. Lillvis's text is a welcome addition to the creative, critical, and theoretical work surrounding the current moment in black literatures." James Arnett, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, vol. 38, no. 1, Spring 2019.

"Lillvis makes space for new readings of the speculative fictions of writers such as Toni Morrison and Octavia Butler. [. . .] These are amongst the most compelling and novel readings of texts that have already received much scholarly attention." Jessie LaFrance Dunbar, Studies in American Culture, vol. 41, no. 1, Oct. 2018.

Lillvis, Kristen, Robert Miltner, and Molly Fuller, editors. Community Boundaries and Border Crossings: Critical Essays on Ethnic Women Writers. Lexington, 2016. Transforming Literary Studies.

Through the interconnected themes of community boundaries and border crossings, this collection explores issues of diaspora, trans-nationality, cultural hybridity, home, and identity that are central to ethnic women writers.

Refereed Articles and Chapters

Rollins, Anna, Kristen Lillvis, Shoshannah Diehl, and Cynthia McComas. “Improving Students’ Comprehension of STEM Writing Conventions.” WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, vol. 45, no. 1-2, Sept./Oct. 2020, pp. 10-17.

"Glitcherature’s Scrambled Skeuomorphs and Transformative Reading Practices." Textshop Experiments, vol. 7, 2020.

“Teaching Butler’s ‘Bloodchild’ and the Tenets of Afrofuturism.” Approaches to Teaching Octavia E. Butler in the Academy, edited by Tarshia L. Stanley, The Modern Language Association, 2019. Approaches to Teaching World Literature.

Rollins, Anna, and Kristen Lillvis. “When Rubrics Need Revision: A Collaboration Between STEM Faculty and the Writing Center.” Composition Forum, no. 40, Fall 2018.

“Take Me to Your Lady Leader.” New Ohio Review, no. 20, 2016, pp. 175-78.

“Subjectivity and Solidarity in Sherley Anne Williams’s Dessa Rose.” Community Boundaries and Border Crossings: Critical Essays on Ethnic Women Writers, edited by Kristen Lillvis, Robert Miltner, and Molly Fuller, Lexington, 2016, pp. 25-36. Transforming Literary Studies.

“Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Slavery? The Problems and Promise of Mothering in Octavia E. Butler’s ‘Bloodchild.’” MELUS, vol. 39, no. 4, Winter 2014, pp. 7-22.

“Becoming Self and Mother: Posthuman Liminality in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, vol. 54, no. 4, 2013, pp. 452-64.

“Maternal Bodies and Posthuman Culture in Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber.” Feminist and Critical Perspectives on Caribbean Mothering, edited by Dorsía Silva and Simone A. James Alexander, Africa World P, 2013, pp. 243-62.

“Essentialism and Constructionism in Octavia E. Butler’s Fledgling.” Practicing Science Fiction: Critical Essays on Writing, Reading and Teaching the Genre, edited by Karen Hellekson, Craig B. Jacobsen, Patrick B. Sharp, and Lisa Yaszek, McFarland, 2010, pp. 168-82.

Digital Projects

Movable: Narratives of Recovery and Place. (Digital platform for people in Appalachia and beyond to share, highlight, and document stories of recovery.)

Digitizing and Teaching Appalachia's Past. (Pedagogical website bringing free and open-access digitized literature from national and regional history into the high school and college classrooms.)

Glitch. 2018. (Twine game exploring glitches in terms of technology, digital humanities, gender, identity, and the body.)


Review of Black Bone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets, edited by Bianca Lynne Spriggs and Jeremy Paden. West Virginia History. Forthcoming.

Directory entry for “The Struggle Continues,” by Young Hae-Chang Heavy Industries. Electronic Literature Directory, 7 June 2017.