Sunday, June 9, 2013

Poets by state of birth

In my continuing work on the demographics of African American poetry, I have produced a list of poets by year of birth. Although still a work in progress, I have decided to share the following list of poets arranged by the state where they were born.

Alabama
• Margaret Walker (1915-1998)
• Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934)
• Harryette Mullen (b. 1953)

Arkansas
• Henry Dumas (1934-1968)
• Haki Madhubuti (b. 1942)

Arizona
• Jayne Cortez (1934 - 2012)

California
• Paul Beatty (b. 1962)

Colorado
• Camille T. Dungy (b. 1972)

Connecticut
• Melvin Dixon (1950 - 1992)

Florida
• Nathaniel Mackey (b. 1947)
• James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)

Georgia
• Larry Neal (1937-1981)
• Alice Walker (1944)

Illinois
• Fenton Johnson (1888-1958)
• Opal Moore (b. 1953)
• Patricia Smith (b. 1955)
• Essex Hemphill (1957–1995)
• Tara Betts (b. 1974)

Kansas
• Frank Marshall Davis (1905 - 1987)
• Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917-2000) 

Kentucky
• Gayl Jones (b. 1949)
• Frank X. Walker (b. 1961)

Louisiana
• Arna Bontemps (1902 - 1973)
• Bob Kaufman (1925 – 1986)
• Tom Dent (1932 – 1998)
• Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947)
• Kalamu ya Salaam (b. 1947)

Maryland
• Frances E. W. Harper (1825-1911)

Massachusetts
• Helene Johnson (1906 - 1995)
• Tracy K. Smith (b. 1972)

Michigan
• Robert Hayden (1913 - 1980)
• Toi Derricotte (b. 1941)
• Tyehimba Jess (b. 1965)
• jessica Care moore (b. 1971 )

Mississippi
• Richard Wright (1908 - 1960)
• Etheridge Knight (1931-1991)
• Al Young (b. 1939)
• Sterling Plumpp (b. 1940)
• Natasha Trethewey (1966)
• Treasure Redmond (b. 1971)

Missouri
• Melvin B. Tolson (b. 1898 - 1966)
• Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)
• Maya Angelou (b. 1928)
• Eugene B. Redmond (b. 1937)
• Quincy Troupe (1939)

Nebraska
• Kevin Young (b. 1970)

New Jersey
• Amiri Baraka (b. 1934)
• Ntozake Shange (b. 1948)
• Kevin Powell (b. 1966)

New York
• Raymond R. Patterson (1929 - 2001)
• Audre Lorde (1934 – 1992)
• Lucille Clifton (1936 - 2010)
• June Jordan (1936 – 2002)
• Michael S. Harper (b. 1938)
• Cornelius Eady (b. 1954)
• Elizabeth Alexander (b. 1962)
• Reginald Shepherd (1963 – 2008)
• Saul Williams (b. 1972 )

North Carolina
• George Moses Horton (1797–1884)
• Askia TourĂ© (b. 1938)
• Lenard D. Moore (b. 1958)

Ohio
• Samuel Allen (b. 1917)
• Mari Evans (b. 1923)
• Russell Atkins (b. 1926)
• Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)
• William J. Harris (b. 1942)
• Marilyn Nelson (b. 1946)
• Rita Dove (b. 1952)
• Thylias Moss (b. 1954)
• A. Van Jordan (b. 1965)

South Carolina
• Nikky Finney (b. 1957)
• Terrance Hayes (b. 1971)

Pennsylvania
• Tim Seibles (b. 1955)
• Ruth Ellen Kocher (b. 1965)
• Major Jackson (b. 1968)

Tennessee
• Calvin C. Hernton ( 1932 - 2001)
• Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943)
• Ishmael Reed (b. 1938)
• Evie Shockley (b. 1965)

Texas
• Ai (b. 1947-2010)
• Vievee Francis (b. 1963)

Virginia
• Naomi Long Madgett (b. 1923)

Washington D.C.
• Dudley Randall (1914 - 2000)
• Jean Toomer (1884-1967)
• Sterling A. Brown (b. 1901-1989)
• Thomas Sayers Ellis (b. 1963)

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