Jameela F. Dallis teaches, researches, and writes about a range of literature and cultural studies. She received her PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2016. She is now Journalist of Sport at a marketing firm in Cary, NC and, when she has free time, she is a freelance writer for a contract research organization and Indy Week. She has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Elon University and taught university students for seven years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She has presented her scholarly work at numerous conferences and has published chapters in Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture (LSU, 2015) and Monsters and Monstrosity from the Fin de Siècle to the Millennium (McFarland, 2015). Her current book project, Haunting Narratives: Deadly Love and the Transformative Gothic in Women’s Literature, expands her dissertation research and offers nuanced readings of Toni Morrison, Shani Mootoo, and Shirley Jackson, Lee Smith, Rosa Guy, and Jean Rhys. Jameela situates haunting as one of the prevailing phenomena of human experience—particularly for people living in the Americas—and acknowledges that haunting is complex and non-binary, and that the Gothic is simultaneously conventional, radical, and dynamic.
She has been studying and reading tarot since 2001 and has been reading tarot regularly at Arcana since the underground bar and lounge opened in December 2015 in Durham, NC. Check here or Arcana's calendar to see when Jameela is scheduled to read. Readings at Arcana are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for detailed information about rates for private readings, readings for events, and much more.
Jameela is also a poet, visual artist, yogi, gastronome, jewelry maker, and wedding officiant. Check back for more information as she redesigns this website.
Other things to know:
Nov 25: Voice Rising at Flyleaf Books. Details TBA.
With NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green.
Sept 4: 6:30pm: Writers for Migrant Justice: Readings at the Love House in Chapel Hill, NC
With Alan Shapiro, Coco Wilder, Meta DuEwa Jones, Fred Joiner, Jessica Q. Stark, Hannah VanderHart, Ross White, and Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Crystal Simone Smith, Jonathan Farmer, Ashley Mcllwain Nissler, and others.
Complete history coming soon.
8.27.19: Jameela on Tarot, Literature, and Transformation with Bri from the Open Magic Podcast.
10.10.18: Jameela on teaching, writing, and making wonderful things in her interview with Creative Writing Workshop Instructor and Writing Coach, Allison Kirkland.
Visual Art Exhibitions:
Group Exhibition, Where This Flower Blooms, Grand Gallery, Golden Belt Campus, Durham, NC. Curated by Perk & Niel. May 4 2019.
Contributing Storyteller, Group Exhibition, It’s Complicated: A Project about Love and Intimacy. The Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC. Curated by Cassandra Rowe and Angel Dozier. Feb 15 – March 3 2019
Community Exhibition, The Carrack Community Show: Rupture, Rapture, Revolution, The Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC. Jan 25-Feb 9 2019.
Group Exhibition, Work and Play: Dallis, Wismer, Moon, Arcana, Durham, NC. Curated by Lindsey Andrews and Erin Karcher). Jan 18-April 16 2019.
Group Exhibition, We Share the Sun, Room 100, Golden Belt Campus, Durham, NC. Curated by Perk & Niel. Nov 4 2018.