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noiretextatique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-26-07 06:59 PM
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112. african american female poets
in addition to rita dove, maya angelou, nikki giovanni, sonia sanchez, june jordan, audre lourde, lucy clifton, ntozake shange, alice walker and numerous others, including yours truly.
paying tribute to these poets...

Lucy Terry (17301821) who, at age 16, wrote about an Indian raid on
Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1746

Phillis Wheatley (17351784)
An 18th century slave who was one of the bestknown
poets of her time. She was not only the first female African-
American to have a book of poetry published in America, but the only
female poet published in this country since Anne Bradstreet a century
earlier.15 Wheatley was treated as somewhat of a pet of the cultured
white society of her day who admired her scholarly use of classical
poetic forms without acknowledging the subtle sub-texts of the concerns
of women and children, even African-American women and

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1824-1911)
Harper earned financial independence and nationwide
acclaim with her poetry, essays, fiction and public
readings and lectures on behalf of racial equality,
women's and children's rights, Christian morality
and temperance.

Henrietta Cordelia Ray (1850?-1916)
A New York City school teacher for 30 years,
Ray published two collections of 146 poems whose
technique is unusually rich.

Georgia Douglas Johnson (18861966), whose The Heart
of a Woman and Other Poems appeared in 1918. This was the first of
three volumes of poetry representing three stages of a womans life
youth, motherhood, and age.

Angelina Weld Grimk (18801958), and
Anne Spencer (18821975), were published in anthologies, but they produced no
individual volumes of poetry. Grimk was one of our earliest lesbian
poets, and Spencer was a Black Seminole Indian.

Jessie Fauset (18881961), a much anthologized poet, was widely read during the
Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s along with her contemporary
Georgia Douglas Johnson.

Gwendolyn Brooks (19172000 )
Brooks was she the first African-American (male or female) to win the Pulitzer Prize and
the first African-American woman to be widely recognized for her
poetry, Brooks own evolution as a poet mirrored major changes in
African-American art and social consciousness. Her first volume of
poetry, A Street in Bronzeville was published in 1945.

Naomi Long Madgett (1923 ), teacher, publisher, and poet, has
produced seven volumes of her own poetry and edited another collection
of African-American women poets.

Dolores Kendricks (1927 ) The Women of Plums: Poems in the
Voices of Slave Women gives human faces and feelings to often anonymous
slave lives.
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