News, activities, and publishing items related to African American poetry that caught my attention this past year.
• January: History and Other Poems by Brenda Marie Osbey is published.
• February: Frank X Walker named Kentucky Poet Laureate.
• February: Angles of ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry edited by Charles Rowell is published.
• February: The Collected Poems of Ai is published.
• April: Collected Poems by Robert Hayden is re-published.
• April: Loose Change by James E. Cherry is published.
• April: Silverchest: Poems by Carl Phillips is published.
• April: The Cineaste: Poems by A. Van Jordan is published.
• April: Autogeography by Reginald Harris is published.
• May: The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka is published.
• May: Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers by Frank X. Walker is published.
• May: Dear Hero, by Jason McCall is published.
• May: Amiri Baraka's "A Post-Racial Anthology?" - a critique of Rowell's Angles of Ascent appears in Poetry magazine
• June: Poetry Genius launches.
• June: Eugene B. Redmond's Arkansippi Memwars is published by Third World Press.
• June: Sterling Plumpp's Home/Bass: Poems is published by Third World Press.
• July 14 - August 3: “Don’t Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American Poetry,” NEH Institute held at the University of Kansas.
• September: Harmony Holiday and Phillip B. Williams are recipients of 2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships.
• September 21: Kofi Awoonor killed in attack on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
• September 28: James Emanuel dies.
• October: She Has a Name by Kamilah Aisha Moon is published.
• October: Ishion Hutchinson and Rowan Ricardo Phillips receive Whiting Awards.
• October (25 - 26): "Celebrating Contemporary African American Literature: U.S. and Afro-Caribbean Poetry" conference held at Pennsylvania State University.
• November: Adrian Matejka's The Big Smoke is finalist for National Book Award.
• November: Maya Angelou receives the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the National Book Award ceremony.
• November 22: Wanda Coleman dies.
• 16 volumes of poetry published in 2013
• The year in African American poetry, 2012
• The year in African American poetry, 2011
• Black Poetry: A Timeline, 1854 - 2013
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