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 a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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.
Jameela is available for selected writing, speaking, and consulting services. She is especially interested in building relationships with non-profit organizations and corporate entities dedicated to promoting an equitable society for all and more healthy, balanced work environments.
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, and jewelry maker. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance and completed her 200-hr yoga teacher training with Paul and Sommer Sobin at their Thousand Petals Yoga School in spring 2018. Her yoga practice and teaching style is alignment-based and Anusara-inspired. Jameela opened her Etsy store, Bohemian Earth, in February 2011 and has been designing necklaces, bracelets, and earrings since she was an adolescent. See "Bohemian Earth Jewelry" for more information and her archived blog for a portfolio of her work. At this point, she is focused on producing bespoke pieces for clients and producing designs in one-of-a-kind and highly limited runs. Please send her a message if you are interested in a custom piece or would like to schedule a private showing of her current inventory.
In April 2017, she become an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church with the desire to officiate weddings and commitment ceremonies for all people in all sorts of relationships. See "Weddings and Commitment Ceremonies" for more information.
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In the meantime, here’s what she’s been up to:
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.
Read more about what Jameela says about teaching, writing, and making wonderful things in her interview with Creative Writing Workshop Instructor and Writing Coach, Allison Kirkland.