Tarshia L. Stanley is associate professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at Spelman College. She teaches courses in film and media studies particularly as it pertains to images of women of African descent. She has authored articles critiquing Black women in African, African American, and Caribbean cinema as well as Black female iconography in American popular culture and literature. She edited the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature (2008) and the forthcoming volume, Approaches to Teaching Octavia E. Butler in the Academy (2018) from Modern Language Association Press. In 2013 Stanley founded the Octavia E. Butler Literary Society and facilitated its first biennial international conference in 2016. For thirteen years her students hosted the annual Mothering Our Daughters Mediating the Messages conference at Spelman. This popular community event helped more than one thousand mothers/guardians and girls (ages 7-17) learn to talk about the media’s influence on female self-esteem. Dr. Stanley is a passionate storyteller who writes under the pen name Carolina Knight. She received the A.B. from Duke University and the MA and Ph.D. from the University of Florida where she was a McKnight Doctoral Fellow.