Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Notebook on Black Arts Poetry

This week at the University of Kansas I'm talking with folks about black arts poetry and really the black arts era at Don't Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American Poetry, a three-week summer institute for college and university teachers, as well as graduate students, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

During the course of my presentations, I'll try to convince folks that the Black Arts era of the 1960s and 1970s constitutes one of, no, the most important moment in African American literary history because of the number of past and "new" writers involved, the centralized and many interconnected publishing activities and events that took place, and the far-reaching aftereffects and ongoing contributions of those associated with the discourse. 

Militant poets, funny poems
Poets against poetry?
Photos from Week 2 of African American Poetry Institute
Photos from Eugene B. Redmond's visit to the Poetry Institute
A Black Arts Timeline, 1965 - 1976 
40 Black Arts era poems

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