A few hours ago, I saw a public service ad online about doing something meaningful for September 11th, which, of course, was a horrible day in American history. So on this day, I’ve decided to celebrate my friend and beloved mentor, the renowned African American poet, educator and activist, Dr. Sonia Sanchez. She celebrated her […]
The way Black poets think about black poetry has been reduced to how and why we represent racial issues. We will not call it service literature, but we do want it to serve.
February 1, the first day of Black History Month, also is Langston Hughes’s birthday!
Now I know scores of poets, and talk about poetry often, and it is often not nearly the bread it was before.
As anyone who has had a conversation with me lasting more than five minutes knows, I am writing a book of poems on the 18th century African American poet Phillis Wheatley, imagining her life and times in colonial New England. What some folks don’t know is why I started writing the book in the first […]
I’m concerned about Black women poets and since I’m a Black woman and a poet, sure, this is personal, but it’s not some beef, it’s some politics.