Umbra Poets Workshop collection, 1978-2006 (bulk 1978-1986)


Umbra Poets Workshop. Umbra Poets Workshop collection, 1978-2006 (bulk 1978-1986)

Umbra Poets Workshop collection, 1978-2006 (bulk 1978-1986)

The Umbra Poets Workshop collection consists of oral history interviews with fourteen of the poets, conducted by Michel Oren with one exception, Amiri Baraka, who was interviewed by fellow Umbra member, Lorenzo Thomas along with letters relating to the formation of Umbra and Calvin Hernton's activities. Lorenzo Thomas' manuscript, "Annotated Bibliography of the Umbra Workshop 1962-1982," is included.

.4 lin. ft. (1 archival box)

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Berger, Art (person)

Society of Umbra (corporateBody)

ToureĢ, Askia M. (person)

Umbra Poets Workshop (corporateBody)

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 nationalis...

Dent, Thomas C. (person)

Hernton, Calvin C (person)

Writer and teacher Calvin Coolidge Hernton (CCH) was born April 28, 1932 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He graduated from Talladega College with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology in 1954. Two years later he took a Master of Arts degree from Fisk in sociology. CCH then spent 1956-58 as a social worker with children before taking on a series of academic appointments at several colleges and universities. On May 28, 1958 he married Mildred Webster and they had one son, Antone. CCH spent the next several y...

Baraka Amiri 1934-.... (person)

Amiri Baraka was born LeRoi Jones in Newark, New Jersey, in 1934. He was educated at Rutgers and Howard Universities, graduating from the latter at the age of 19. In 1958 he founded the influential poetry magazine Yugen, which ran until 1962. His writings, including fiction, essays, and poetry, appeared in such publications as The nation, Evergreen review, Downbeat, and The floating bear. From the description of Imamu Amiri Baraka papers, 1958-1982. (University of California, Berkele...

Johnson, Joe Donald (person)

Thomas, Lorenzo, 1944-2005 (person)

Walcott, Brenda. (person)

Poindexter, Jane. (person)