Ravynn K. Stringfield

Instructor & Writer
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Ravynn K. Stringfield is an American Studies Ph.D. candidate at William & Mary. Her research centers Black women and girls in new media fantasy narratives. She is also a blogger, essayist and novelist. Ravynn's work has been featured in Catapult, ZORA, Shondaland, Voyage YA Journal and midnight & indigo. For more about her, visit her website, ravynnkstringfield.com, or follow her on Twitter: @RavynnKaMia.

Classes

Stories

Cover Photo: on the left: a photograph of Dr. Eve. L Ewing seated in a chair, smiling and wearing a dark green and rose sweater; on the right: a Marvel comics illustration of Riri Williams (Ironheart) in flight; both images are set against a dark starry background
How Eve L. Ewing Makes Her Stories Fly

“I’m passionate about advocating for young people to engage with literature, with art-making, with storytelling, because those are opportunities I had at a very young age.”

Cover Photo: crop of comic book cover illustration of Riri WIlliams, aka Ironheart
How I Became a Scholar of Black Girl Fantasy

These stories had deep histories, centered Black women, and belonged to us. We only had to be brave enough to claim them.

Cover Photo: A still from The Legend of Korra. Shadow Korra menacingly approaches Korra, bound by chains, eyes glowing and ready to fight.
How Legend of Korra Gave a Big Black Girl Permission to Be Broken

Though she lives, some part of Korra—the flame throwing hothead, insistent on taking up space—does not survive.

Cover Photo: An image of a black woman smiling in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
How a Black Girl Learned To Fly

As the plane began to taxi, the first line of the comic Riri Williams: Ironheart #1 danced in my mind: “I was never meant to fly.”