Monday, December 31, 2012
The year in African American poetry, 2012
News and publishing items related to African American poetry that caught my attention this past year.
• December 28: poet Jayne Cortez dies.
• December 1: Eugene B. Redmond celebrates 75th birthday at gathering in East St. Louis.
• October: The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink, edited by Kevin Young, is published by Bloomsbury USA.
• October: CM Burroughs's volume The Vital System is published by Tupelo Press.
• October 16: Poets Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, and Joanne Gabbin organize a celebration for Toni Morrison at Virginia Tech.
• October: Poetry magazine, which published several African American poets, celebrated its 100th year of publication.
• August: The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 is published by BOA Editions Ltd
• June: Natasha Trethewey is announced as the new U.S. Poet Laureate.
• April: Tracy K. Smith is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her volume Life on Mars.
• March: Kevin Young's book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness is published by Graywolf Press
• March: Patricia Smith's Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah is published by Coffee House Press.
• February: Richard Wright's Haiku: The Last Poems of an American Icon is reissued by Arcade Publishing.
• February: Monica Hand's volume of poetry me and Nina is published by Alice James Books.
• January: Natasha Trethewey is appointed Mississippi's Poet Laureate.
• January: Marilyn Nelson is awarded the Robert Frost Medal.
• January: Quincy Troupe's volume of poetry Errancities is published by Coffee House Press
• January 1: Elizabeth Alexander begins her "twitter poem project" on twitter.
The year in African American poetry, 2011
A Timeline of African American Poetry