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Eugene Redmond

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(b. 1937), poet, playwright, critic, editor, educator, and important figure in the 1960s black arts movement. Eugene Redmond was born 1 December 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri. ...

Redmond, Eugene

Redmond, Eugene (1937)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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...Redmond, Eugene (b. 1937 ), poet , playwright , critic , editor , educator , and important figure in the 1960s black arts movement. Eugene Redmond was born 1 December 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri. Orphaned at age nine, he was raised by his grandmother and “neighborhood fathers,” made up of members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and friends of his older brother. During high school he worked on the newspaper and yearbook, performed in school and church plays, and composed for neighborhood singing groups. From 1958 to 1961 Redmond served as...

Eugene Redmond

Eugene Redmond  

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(b. 1937), poet, playwright, critic, editor, educator,and important figure in the 1960s black arts movement. Eugene Redmond was born 1 December 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri. Orphaned at age nine, he ...
Henry Dumas

Henry Dumas  

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(1934–1968) poet, short fiction writer, and mythologizer.The literary legacy of Henry Dumas is one that has been kept alive almost single-handedly by fellow poet Eugene Redmond. Dumas inspires ...
Russell Atkins

Russell Atkins  

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(b. 1926), poet, composer, theorist, editor,and leading innovator in experimental artistic movements of the 1940s through the 1970s. Born 25 February 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio, Russell Atkins began ...
Conrad Kent Rivers

Conrad Kent Rivers  

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(1933–1968), poet, fiction writer, and dramatist.In 1951, when he was in high school, Conrad Kent Rivers won the Savannah State Poetry Prize for his poem “Poor Peon.” In 1959, when he was a senior at ...
Sam Cornish

Sam Cornish  

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(b. 1935), poet, essayist, editor of children's literature, photographer, educator, and figure in the Black Arts movement.Born into urban poverty in Baltimore, Maryland, on 22 December 1935, Samuel ...
Dumas, Henry

Dumas, Henry (1934–1968)   Reference library

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...phenomena. Redmond had done yeoman work in encouraging interest in Dumas's fictional and poetic creations. It remains to be seen whether the planted seeds will indeed sprout into a critical industry. Eugene B. Redmond , introduction to “Ark of Bones” and Other Stories, 1974. Carolyn A. Mitchell , “Henry Dumas,” in DLB, vol. 41, Afro-American Poets since 1955, eds. Trudier Harris and Thadious M. Davis , 1985, pp. 89–99. Eugene B. Redmond , “The Ancient and Recent Voices within Henry Dumas,” introduction to Goodbye Sweetwater, 1988. Eugene B. Redmond , “Poet...

Cortez, Jayne

Cortez, Jayne (1937)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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...of García Lorca, Amiri Baraka, and the Negritude poets, and her willingness to use music and multimedia have effectively expanded the range of possibilities open to contemporary poetry. Eugene B. Redmond , Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry—A Critical History (1976). Quincy Troupe , Clyde Taylor , Stanley Crouch , Charles Davis , and Eugene Redmond , The Poetry of Jayne Cortez , Yardbird Reader 5 (1976): 91–117. Barbara T. Christian , There It Is: The Poetry of Jayne Cortez , Callaloo 9, no. 1 (1986): 235–238. Jon...

Rivers, Conrad Kent

Rivers, Conrad Kent (1933–1968)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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...who published The Wright Poems ( 1972 ), a posthumous collection of poems Rivers wrote about or dedicated to Richard Wright , Rivers authored several short stories and a play about Paul Laurence Dunbar that still await “the sympathetic hand of a publisher or producer.” Eugene B. Redmond , Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry: A Critical History, 1976. Edwin L. Coleman II , “Conrad Kent Rivers,” in DLB, vol. 41, Afro-American Poets since 1955, eds. Trudier Harris and Thadious M. Davis , 1985, pp. 282–286. Frances Smith...

Fields, Julia

Fields, Julia (1938)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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...Negritude in America, and she has been praised by such critics as Clarence Major and Eugene Redmond . Fields's collection Slow Coins ( 1981 ) contains gold mined from common life. Kenneth Rexroth , “New American Poets,” Harper's, June 1965, 65–71. Clarence Major , The Dark and Feeling: Black American Writers and Their Work, 1974. Mercedese Broussard , “Blake's Bard,” review of A Summoning, A Shining, by Julia Fields , Callaloo 1 (Dec. 1976): 60–62. Eugene B. Redmond , Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry, 1976. Richard Rive , Writing Black,...

Atkins, Russell

Atkins, Russell (1926)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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...collection of poetry, A Podium Presentation . Subsequent volumes include Phenomena ( 1961 ), Objects ( 1963 ), Objects 2 ( 1964 ), Heretofore ( 1968 ), The Nail, to Be Set to Music ( 1970 ), Maleficium ( 1971 ), Here in The ( 1976 ), and Whichever ( 1978 ). Eugene Redmond , Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry, A Critical History, 1976. Ronald Henry High, “ Russell Atkins ,” in DLB, vol. 41, Afro-American Poets since 1955, eds. Trudier Harris and Thadious M. Davis , 1985, pp. 24–32. Jennifer...

Rodgers, Carolyn M.

Rodgers, Carolyn M. (1942)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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...volume, Translation ( 1980 ), was published by means of a small grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Rodgers has continued to publish her own poetry, bringing out Eden and Other Poems in 1983 , followed by Finite Forms ( 1985 ) and Morning Glory: Poems ( 1989 ). Eugene B. Redmond , Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry—A Critical History (1976). Maria K. Mootry , The OBAC Tradition: Don L. Lee, Carolyn Rodgers and the Early Years, in Nommo: A Literary Legacy of Black Chicago, 1967–1987 , ed. Carole A. Parks (1987), pp. 2–10. Carolyn...

Amini-Hudson, Johari

Amini-Hudson, Johari (1935)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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...as she had been, publishing only a broadside, A Hip Tale in the Death Style ( 1970 ), and new poems in periodicals. Poems by Amini-Hudson appear in eighteen anthologies of African-American literature. Stephen Henderson , ed., Understanding the New Black Poetry (1973). Eugene B. Redmond , Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry—A Critical History (1976). Maria K. Mootry , The OBAC Tradition: Don L. Lee, Carolyn Rodgers and the Early Years, in Nommo: A Literary Legacy of Black Chicago, 1967–1987: Anthology of OBAC—Writers Workshop , ed. Carole A....

Cornish, Sam

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The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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...from the Black Ghetto ( 1969 ). In 1968 Cornish won the Humanities Institute of Coppin State College Poetry Prize for his “influence on the Coppin poets” and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Soon poets as diverse as Maxine Kumin , Clarence Major , and Eugene Redmond would acknowledge Cornish's significance. By 1970 Cornish was represented in the LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka ) and Larry Neal anthology Black Fire ( 1968 ) as well as in the Clarence Major collection New Black Poetry ( 1969 ). He reconsidered his early poems of black...

Cotter, Joseph Seamon, Jr.

Cotter, Joseph Seamon, Jr. (1895–1919)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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.... With his lively experimentation in free verse and traditional forms, his use of natural idiom, and his sense of the brilliant potential of African American verbal expression, Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr. , clearly prefigures the 1920s African American cultural renaissance. Eugene B. Redmond , Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry, 1976, pp. 155–169. James Robert Payne , “Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr.: Toward a Reconsideration,” in Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr.: Complete Poems , ed. James Robert Payne , 1990, pp. 1–22. James Robert...

Alba, Nanina

Alba, Nanina (1915–1968)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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...writing career having just begun to accelerate. James A. Emanuel and Theodore L. Gross , eds., Dark Symphony: Negro Literature in America (1968), p. 373. Dudley Randall and Margaret G. Burroughs , For Malcolm: Poems on the Life and Death of Malcolm X (1969), p. 95. Eugene B. Redmond , Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry, A Critical History (1976), pp. 319, 332, 333. Arthur P. Davis , J. Saunders Redding , and Joyce Ann Joyce , eds., The New Calvalcade: African American Writing from 1760 to the Present , vol. 2 (1992), pp. 4–9. Mary B....

Dunham, Katherine

Dunham, Katherine (22 June 1909)   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...to the first World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar, Senegal. On her return to the United States, she began her long association with Southern Illinois University as director of the Performing Arts Training Center in East Saint Louis , Illinois. With poet in residence Eugene Redmond , she wrote Ode to Taylor Jones ( 1968 ), a play based on the death in an automobile accident of a local resident and his wife. East Saint Louis is also home to the Katherine Dunham Museum, which houses Dunham's collection of African, Asian, and Caribbean art as well as...

Amini, Johari

Amini, Johari (1935)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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...insightful knowledge that African Americans need. Sonia Sanchez , review of Black Essence, Negro Digest 18 (Apr. 1969): 91–92. Gwendolyn Brooks , introduction to Let's Go Somewhere, 1970. Sarah Webster Fabio , review of Let's Go Somewhere, Black World 20 (Dec. 1970): 68, 98. Eugene Redmond , Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry, 1976. Fahamisha Patricia Brown , “ Johari M. Amini ,” in DLB, vol. 41, Afro-American Poets since 1955, eds. Trudier Harrris and Thadious M. Davis , 1985. Margaret Ann...

Allen, Samuel W.

Allen, Samuel W. (1917)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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...University the following year. He taught African and African American literature at Boston University from 1971 until retiring in 1981 . Over a two-year period he conducted a writers’ workshop on a volunteer basis at Massachusetts Correctional Institute in Norfolk. Eugene Redmond has called Allen's 1971 essay, “The African Heritage” in Black World , a “brilliant and cogent” statement of black artistic expression rooted in Africa ( Drumvoices , 1976 ). In 1973 Allen edited Poems from Africa , a collection illustrated by Romare Beardon and...

Giovanni, Nikki

Giovanni, Nikki (1943)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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...speaks to and for people—about their joys and their sorrows, the forces arrayed against them and the strengths they bring as resistance—in tones and language they can understand. Suzanne Juhasz , Naked and Fiery Forms: Modern American Poetry by Women, A New Tradition, 1976. Eugene B. Redmond , Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry, 1976. Anna T. Robinson , Nikki Giovanni: From Revolution to Revelation, 1979. Claudia Tate , Black Women Writers at Work, 1983. William J. Harris , “Sweet Soft Essence of Possibility: The Poetry of Nikki Giovanni,” in Black...

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