Black Poetry After the Black Arts Movement

July 19 - August 1, 2015

Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement is a fifteen-month program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that responds to the resurgence of interest in contemporary poetry, its expanded production and wide circulation. Black Poetry continues the work that was undertaken by Don’t Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American Poetry during 2013-14 by giving more focused attention to a reassessment of African American poetry during the last fifty years, from 1960 to the present.

Special attention will be paid to the divergent and yet cross-fertilizing trajectories of black poetry since the 1980s, which has produced both the sharp and vocal critiques of spoken word poetry and the refined academic poetry that garners so much critical attention from the literary establishment.


Graham Brown Kwame Dawes Finney Fitzgerald Gabbin Harris Jess Jones Kaminski
Leonard Mackey Moore Mullen Osbey Pavlic Rambsy Ramey Sanchez Schultz
Shockley Smethurst Strange Tallie Walker Ward Young

The program includes a two-week summer institute for college and university teachers, as well as graduate students, to be held at the University of Kansas. During the 2015-16 academic year the program will also host a series of online, public discussions with a prominent group of intergenerational and award-winning poets, including Jericho Brown, Kwame Dawes, Nikky Finney, Nathaniel Mackey, jessica Care moore, Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, Sonia Sanchez and Sharan Strange.


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Watch video overviews of the institute’s lectures and poetry readings, featuring poets Harryette Mullen, Kevin Young, and many more. Watch now...


Join the Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement conversation by attending free webinars with award-winning poets and scholars this fall. Read more...



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