Umbra Poets Workshop

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The Umbra Poets Workshop was a group of young African-American writers who met on New York City's Lower East Side from 1962 to 1965 to conduct readings and discuss writing and politics. Early members of the group included Thomas C. Dent, Calvin Hernton, Ishmael Reed, David Henderson, Joe Johnson, and Askia M. Toure (then Rolland Snellings.) They founded "Umbra," a literary magazine, in 1963. The group, known for the intensity of its readings of "street poetry," and influenced by black nationalist ideas and the African oral tradition, was among the forerunners of the Black Arts movement.

From the description of Umbra Poets Workshop collection, 1978-2006 (bulk 1978-1986) (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 173303903

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creatorOf Umbra Poets Workshop. Umbra Poets Workshop collection, 1978-2006 (bulk 1978-1986) New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Baraka, Amiri, 1934- person
associatedWith Berger, Art. person
associatedWith Dent, Thomas C. person
associatedWith Hernton, Calvin C. person
associatedWith Johnson, Joe Donald. person
associatedWith Poindexter, Jane. person
associatedWith Society of Umbra. corporateBody
associatedWith Thomas, Lorenzo, 1944-2005. person
associatedWith Touré, Askia M. person
associatedWith Walcott, Brenda. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
American literature--African American authors
African Americans--Intellectual life--20th century
American poetry--African American authors
African American authors--Interviews
African American poets--Interviews
Poets, American--20th century--Interviews
Poets, Black--20th century--Interviews

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Active 1978

Active 2006



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SNAC ID: 15664894