|Source: EBR Digital Collection|
When I first saw the poster in the collection, I recalled an article that I read about the festival in an old issue of Black World magazine. Ward wrote the report on the festival and provided a summary of the proceedings. “One of the most valuable contributions Southern University (Baton Rouge) makes to Black Art,” wrote Ward, “is its annual poetry.”
Ward's article and the poster offer visual and narrative snapshots of Redmond participating in a 1970s event as a poet two years before the publication of his major book Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry (1976). The items also highlight the convergence of a diverse group of writers in a common location as they celebrate poetry and engage in conversations about black verse.
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