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    Terrance Hayes

    In a recent issue of The New Yorker, Don Chiasson presents a profile of Terrance Hayes (b. 1971) with the publication of the poet’s new book,American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin.

    The...
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    Wanda Coleman

    Wanda Coleman

    Dubbed the “unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles” along with “L.A. Blueswoman,” Wanda Coleman (1946-2013) is still another literary light who deserved more recognition in her...
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    Diane Oliver

    In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's death yesterday, it might be appropriate to cite an example of the type of injustice which the Civil Rights Movement hoped to...
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    Thanks for these posts, Tailor!

    Thanks for these posts, Tailor!
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    You could teach a survey course on this, Tailor. ...

    You could teach a survey course on this, Tailor. Any English department would be blessed to have you. Thanks for keeping this thread active.
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    Nikki Giovanni

    Nikki Giovanni

    Among the most vibrant, energetic, and productive artists writing today is Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943.) Features of both her subject matter and style seem as if they should clash...
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    Zora Neale Hurston

    Zora Neale Hurston

    Notasulga, Alabama has one claim to fame: it’s the birthplace of Zora Neale Hurston. But it couldn’t have left much of an impression on Zora, as her family moved into a Florida...
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    Richard Wright (1908-1960)

    Now we have come to a Supernova among Black American writers: Richard Wright (1908-1960.)

    Born in Mississippi, he was the grandson of slaves; some of his ancestors se served in the Union Army...
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    Thank you very much, Tailor, for your post on...

    Thank you very much, Tailor, for your post on Anne Spencer. In so many ways a lovely woman.

    I am deeply involved in preparing posts on Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston and hope to finish...
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    Toni Cade Bambara

    Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995) led a remarkable life, rich in such varied experiences as a student of the art of mime in Paris, a dancer with the prestigious Katherine Dunham Studio in New York, a...
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    Toni Morrison

    Born in Lorain, Ohio, a town near Cleveland, she was originally named Chloe Ardelia Wofford. Later in life, combining a diminutive of her confirmation name with the surname of her husband, “Toni...
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    Thank you, Tailor for the info. on Georgia...

    Thank you, Tailor for the info. on Georgia Douglas Johnson, a new author for me. That's exactly what this thread is for.

    Thanks as well to Ecurb for more info on W.E. B. DuBois. A family member...
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    Yes, and I read your piece -- it's great. But if...

    Yes, and I read your piece -- it's great. But if it's all right with you, I will write something about Toni M. on Valentine's Day. Also, something more about Ralph Ellison at the end of the month....
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    Black American Genre Writers

    There often seems to be two distinct worlds of reading material: the first- Literature with a capital “L”- is considered more seriously than the second. This lighter fare, often dismissed as...
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    Gwendolyn Brooks

    An earlier post in this thread featured an example of what has been called a “dialect” poem. Verse written in this informal language, specifically the kind which supposedly mimicked the vernacular...
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    Junius Edwards

    Thanks for your post, Tailor. I was going to write something about Dunbar's formal verse a little later in the month. I might still do it. We'll see.

    In addition to portraying both the past and...
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    Four Playwrights

    A worthy and highly important addition to our survey, Danik. Thank you for your post!

    The other day when I was looking up info on Lorraine Hansberry, it occurred to me that the realm of Black...
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    James Baldwin

    Thank you, Tailor STATELY for your latest contribution. This is exactly what I'd hoped this thread would do!

    Your author, Sterling Allen Brown, is new to me, but thanks to your post, one whose...
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    Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965)

    Thank you, Danik and Ecurb for your contributions. That's the spirit! So many authors; not enough days in the month. We'll most likely have a carry over, which is wonderful.

    One theme found...
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    One of my goals for this post -- no pun intended,...

    One of my goals for this post -- no pun intended, football fans! -- is to bring to light some authors who may be new to some readers. Even so, the spotlight at the moment is on an American poet well...
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    Charles Johnson

    Thank you Danik and Tailor for your info on Ralph Ellison and on Maya, respectively. Keep 'em comin', NitLetters!


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    Charles Johnson
    (b. 1948)

    Professor Johnson is among the...
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    Celebrating Black-American Literature

    Phillis Wheatley
    (1753-1784)




    On Being Brought from Africa to America
    by Phillis Wheatley

    'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
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