I am an American Literature scholar investigating Hemingway’s presentation of race. My interest in American constructions of race brought me to the West Coast of Africa on a Fulbright in 2015.  Here I embraced the poetry of Bernard Binlin Dadié and now work to translate his poems into English.  My experiences as a white, Western expatriate in Cote d’Ivoire taught me new ways to remove my lens of white privilege and white supremacy and enabled me to see differently. These tools now make me a better scholar of race in America.


PhD in American Literature, Florida State University

MA in English, University of Louisville

BA in Humanities, Florida State University



Wright-Cleveland, M. (in press). Hemingway’s Dialectic with American Whiteness: Oak Park, Edward Said, and the Location of Authority. The Hemingway Review.

Wright-Cleveland, M. (2018). Teaching Hemingway Short Stories Through the Lens of Critical Race Theory. In Gary Holcombe (Ed.), Teaching Hemingway and Race (pp. 15). Kent State University Press.

Wright-Cleveland, M. E. (2015). The Developing Modernism of Toomer, Hemingway, and Faulkner. In Joseph Fruscione (Ed.), Teaching Hemingway and Modernism (pp. 19). Kent State University Press.

Wright-Cleveland, M. E. (2012). Cane and In Our Time: A Literary Conversation about Race. In Charles Scruggs, & Gary Holcomb (Eds.), Hemingway and the Black Renaissance (pp. 151 – 176). Kent State UP. 

Wright-Cleveland, M. E. (2011). Mentoring American Racial Identity: Sherwood Anderson’s Lessons to Ernest Hemingway. MidAmericaXXXVIII, 28-40.

Wright-Cleveland, M. E. (2010). Sherwood Anderson: Mentor of American Racial Identity. MidAmerica, XXXVII, 46 – 62.

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I am working on translating the poetry of Bernard Binlin Dadié.

I am working on developing a digital project to host my translations of Dadié and provide a comprehensive bibliography of work by and about Dadié. The beginnings of that project is hosted here in my site on Dadié.

I am working on a book project tentatively titled: The Racial Education of Ernest Hemingway

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