Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Frequently Featured Authors in African American Review

Our newest episode of Remarkable Receptions focuses on six of the most frequently featured authors in African American Review. Kenton Rambsy and I co-wrote the episode. 


Tuesday, January 31, 2023

William J. Harris, the poet as sketch artist

Here's a whiteboard animation on William J. Harris -- poet and sketch artist.


William J. Harris and Poetry magazine

Ok, here we go. I'm excited that Poetry magazine gave me the opportunity to curate the folio, “I Hope You Like Being Here with Me: The Work of William J. Harris” for the February 2023 issue. 

To celebrate the occasion, I've produced a few complementary materials related to Harris's work. 

William J. Harris's Notebook sketches

At some point early in the editing process for the folio "I Hope You Like Being Here with Me: The Work of William J. Harris," editors at Poetry asked me if Professor Harris had any materials from notebooks or journals that he might include. I decided to ask. 

Listen, I wasn't fully prepared for the wonderful response. 

It turns out that for years, Professor Harris has been keeping journals, where he produces little drawings and sketches. Often, he draws what interests him at the many museums he visits in New York City. So when I asked him if he had any materials that I might show, he responded with a few snapshots from his journals. 

It's amazing that I've communicated with Professor Harris now for over 20 years and never thought to ask enough questions about his process. I had no idea about those notebooks, those artistic treasures of his. 

I'm glad I know now, and I'm pleased Poetry readers will get a glimpse at his process as well. 


Monday, January 30, 2023

"The Beauty of Bareness" by William J. Harris


Here's William J. Harris reading his poem "The Beauty of Bareness." The poem is from a reading in the Wexler Studio at Kelly Writers House, November 5, 2015. The full reading is available on PennSound.

Working with designers, I produced this video, part of a series, to complement the folio on Harris's work appearing in the February 2023 issue of Poetry magazine.


Sunday, January 29, 2023

Sunday, January 22, 2023

August Wilson

Our newest episode of Remarkable Receptions focuses on August Wilson and adaptations of his works into film. The episode was written by Nicole Dixon. 

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Single-author Books on Black Poetry

Here's a non-exhaustive, checklist of single-author books focusing on Black poetry and poets. 

1976: Drumnvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry: A Critical History by Eugene B. Redmond
1985: The Poetry and Poetics of Amiri Baraka: The Jazz Aesthetic by William J. Harris
1986: The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume I: 1902-1941: I, Too, Sing America by Arnold Rampersad
1988: The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume II: 1941-1967: I Dream a World by Arnold Rampersad
1988: Afro-American Poetics: Revisions of Harlem and the Black Aesthetic by Houston A. Baker, Jr.
1997: Black Chant: Languages of African-American Postmodernism by Aldon Lynn Nielsen
1999: A Nation within a Nation: Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) and Black Power Politics by Komozi Woodard
1999: Dudley Randall, Broadside Press and the Black Arts Movement in Detroit, 1960-1995 Julius E. Thompson
1999: Performing the Word: African American Poetry as Vernacular Culture by Patricia Fahamisha Brown
2000: Extraordinary Measures: Afrocentric Modernism and 20th-Century American Poetry by Lorenzo Thomas
2000: Performing Blackness: Enactments of African-American Modernism by Kimberly W. Benston
2004: Afro-Blue: Improvisations in African American Poetry and Culture by Tony Bolden
2004: Wrestling with the Muse: Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press by Melba Joyce Boyd
2004: "After Mecca": Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement by Cheryl Clarke
2004: Integral Music: Languages of African-American Innovation by Aldon Lynn Nielsen
2004: Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton by Hilary Holladay