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A third generation New Yorker, firstborn, Akua Lezli Hope has won two Artists Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (1987, 2003), a Ragdale U.S.-Africa Fellowship (1993), and a Creative Writing Fellowship from The National Endowment For The Arts (1990). She received an Artists Crossroads Grant (2003) from The Arts of the Southern FingerLakes for her project "Words on Motion," which placed poetry on buses in New York's Chemung and Steuben counties. She was the guest poet at the Steele Memorial Library's 2003 Festival. UNPACKING, her collaboration with dancer choreographer, Lois Welk, was presented in 2003 at 171 Cedar Arts Center. In 1997, she was poet-in-residence at the Chautauqua Institution where she read her poetry, lectured on jazz poetry, and conducted a workshop entitled "Writing Poetry as Mythmaking."

Her first collection, EMBOUCHURE, Poems on Jazz and Other Musics, won the Writer's Digest book award for poetry in 1996.

She is published in numerous literary magazines and national anthologies including: The Year's Best Writing, Writer's Digest Guides, 2003; DARK MATTER, (the first!)anthology of African American Science Fiction, Time Warner Books. 2000; THE BLUELIGHT CORNER, black women writing on passion, sex, and romantic love, edited by Rosemarie Robotham, Three Rivers Press, 1999; Will Work For Peace: New Political Poems, ed. by Brett Axel, Middletown, NY, 1999; MASKS, Earth's Daughters 52, 1998; CHAIN, 1995; SISTERFIRE, an anthology of Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry, ed. by Charlotte Watson-Sherman, HarperPerennial, 1994; WHAT IS FOUND THERE, NOTEBOOKS ON POETRY AND POLITICS by Adrienne Rich, W.W. Norton, 1993; WRITING FROM THE NEW COAST: TECHNIQUE, Buffalo University, 1993; EROTIQUE NOIRE, (the first!) AN ANTHOLOGY OF BLACK EROTICA, Doubleday/Anchor, 1992; POETS MARKET, 1992, ed. by Judson Jerome, Writers Digest Books; CONFIRMATION, an anthology of Afrikan American Women Writers, 1983; EXTENDED OUTLOOKS, the Iowa Review Collection of Contemporary Women Writers, 1983; and Eyeball, 1995; Obsidian II, 1996, 1994, 1992, 1991; Blue Cage, 1993 (England); Hambone, 1992; African American Review, 1992; Catalyst 1992; and Contact II, 1989; among others.

She holds a B.A. in psychology from Williams College, a M.B.A. in marketing from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and a M.S.J. in broadcast journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a founding section leader in the Poetry Forum on Compuserve. She served as a founding section leader of African American Resource Forum and in the Books and Writers section of the African American Culture Forum (American Visions) on Compuserve. She also served as the area coordinator and group founder for Amnesty International, U.S.A., in the southern tier of New York. She co-authored a biweekly column on social, political, and cultural issues for the Star Gazette in 1995.

She was a finalist in the 1991 Open Voice competition, in the 1990 Barnard New Women Poets Series with her manuscript Fuel for Beginners, and in the MacDonald's Black literary competition for 1989. Her manuscript, The Prize is the Journey, was a finalist in the 1983 Walt Whitman contest. She is a founding member of the Black Writers Union and the New Renaissance Writers Guild whose alumni include Baron James Ashanti and Terri McMillan.

She led the Voices of Fire Reading Choir from 1987 to 1999, performing her work and that of other African American poets. Akua has given more than 100 readings to audiences in colleges, prisons, parks, museums, and bars. Akua bears an exile's desire for work close to home, and a writer's yearning for a galvanizing mythos.

She also creates sculpture, objects, and jewelry in glass and paper, plays with her cats and the saxophone, sings, regards her half-dressed looms with longing. and makes good manifest.

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Awards and Honors

  • New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, 2003
  • Artists Crossroads Grant (2003) from The Arts of the Southern FingerLakes
  • Writers Digest Poetry Award for Non Rhyming Poetry, 2002
  • Honorable Mention,The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (2000) edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling: for "The Becoming" (DARK MATTER)
  • Poet-in-Residence, Chautauqua Institution, 1997
  • Writer's Digest Book Awards, 1995
  • Ragdale U.S.--Africa Fellowship, 1993
  • The International Who's Who in Poetry
  • Finalist, 1991 Open Voice competition
  • National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, 1990
  • Finalist, Barnard New Women Poets Series -1990
  • Finalist, MacDonald's Black Literary Achievement Award, 1989
  • The International Authors and Writers Who's Who
  • NewYork Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, 1987 - 1988
  • Two Thousand Notable American Women
  • Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors & Poets
  • Finalist, Walt Whitman Award, Spring 1983
  • Sterling Brown Award, Williams College, Spring 1975
  • Academy of American Poets, Honorable Mention, 1975, 1974, 1973, Williams College


  • Poetry Forum, founding section leader African American Verse CompuServe,1996-1997
  • African American Resources Forum, founding Staff Member, CompuServe,1996
  • African American Culture Forum, founding Books and Writers Section Leader, CompuServe 1994-1996
  • Board of Directors, Chemung Valley Arts Council 1989-1994
  • Poetry Society of America
  • Poets and Writers
  • Teachers and Writers
  • Science Fiction Poetry Association
  • New Renaissance Writers Guild, founding member
  • Black Alumni Network (Columbia Graduate School of Journalism)
  • Black Writers Union, founding member 1980-1981
  • National Association of Third World Writers, founding member 1979-1980


Columbia University Graduate School of Business M.B.A., May 1978

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism M.S.J., May 1977

Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts \B.A. psychology, June 1975


  • Cave Canem, 2002, 2004
  • Urban Word Teacher Training, T&W, 2004
  • Hurston Wright Writers Workshop, 2001
  • Visual and Dramatic Writing - Spring 1984 (Young Filmmakers Foundation)
  • Writers Community - Spring 1982, Poetry with Jorie Graham
  • Calabash Poets - 1978 -1980

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Short Story Writing Workshops Corning-Painted Post School District


Short Story Writing Workshops Corning-Painted Post School District

November Poetry Work Steele Memorial Library
Memories and Dreams: Poetry Workshop for Seniors Southeast Steuben Library

June 15 The Spiritual in My Art
Talk at the Unitarian Universalist Church Owego, NY

June 5,6,7 UnPacking, dance poetry collaboration with choreographer Lois Welk, part of American Dance Asylum's New Works and Remembrances 171 Cedar Arts Center, Corning, NY

March 1 Reading with 171 Women's Chorale 171 Cedar Arts Center Corning, NY
March 2 Reading with 171 Women's Chorale 171 Cedar Arts Center

March 13 Ordinary Women Anniversary Poetry Reading at the Sol Goldman Y 344 East 14th Street. NY, NY

March 22 Poetry Workshop at Steele Memorial Library 1-4 p.m. Elmira, NY
March 23 Poetry Reading at Steele Memorial Library 2-4 p.m. Elmira, NY

April 5 Honoring an Escaped Slave Through Poetry and Song
Benefit for the John W. Jones Museum, an evening in poetry and song 7 p.m., 171 Cedar Arts Center Corning, NY


Short Story Writing Workshops Corning-Painted Post School District

Peaceful Gathering Coffeehouse, as a part of the annual DIALOGUE THROUGH POETRY WEEK and UNESCO's WORLD POETRY DAY. Over 200 poetry readings in 150 cities were held worldwide to discuss "can poetry help create a culture of peace and non-violence in the world?" Corning, NY, March 22

Tombstone CafŽ, for Black History Month with Jasper and Sharon McGruder presenting an evening of theater and song. Waverly, NY, February 2

Short Story Writing Workshop Lindley Presho Elementary School, 5th grade (2 classes), Presho, NY, December
Performance with Jesse Bennett on Saxophone: DIVERSITY!, July 5, Waverly Opera House, Waverly, NY
Poetry Reading with Charlie James at Bookmarks Corning, NY, April 5
Panel on Writing, Barnes and Noble Big Flats, NY, April 25
Poetry Reading with Charlie James, Ellen Tifft, Robert Darling, Barnes and Noble, Big Flats, NY, April 28

Barnes and Noble August 20 reading and signing for Dark Matter, Big Flats, NY
Poetry workshop the world's Largest Writing Workshop, Barnes and Noble, Big Flats, NY, October 14

10 West, Mansfield, PA, June 4
April is National Poetry Month Reading Series at Bookmarks, April 16, Corning NY
Something Loving, Poetry Reading, Rockwell Museum, February 14

Sojourner Truth Celebration performance with Voices of Fire Reading Choir
March 6 &7
April is National Poetry Month Reading Series at Bookmarks, April 9, April
10, Corning NY
Gathering of Poets Reading , Mansfield University, April 17
Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Consumer Square, May 21, Horseheads, NY
10 West, Mansfield, PA, Oct. 2
Each One Teach One, classroom workshop, Northside Blodgett, Corning, NY December 9

Reading Series, 10 West Wellesborough Mansfield, PA, Oct.31
Sterling Brown Symposium, Howard University Chapel, Washington,
DC, October 26
Chautauqua Institution, presentation, Jazz Poetry: function at the
Junction,August 15
Chautauqua Institution, Writer's Center, August 10
The Festival of the Lakes, Saranac Lake, NY, June 28
Southport Correctional Facility, South port, NY,June 18

Southport Correctional Facility, Southport, NY, September 6,
The Professor's Place, Watkins Glen, NY, July 17
JUNETEETH with Voices of Fire Reading Choir, Centerway Square,
Corning, NY June 22
HORNELL Poet's Theatre, June 13, Hornell, NY
Cosmopolitan Women's Club, Dinner, Fashion Show, Reading, May 17, Radisson Hotel, Corning
American Association of University Women, reading, Corning , NY, March 20 with Rhonda Morton, Susan Gale and Karen Kirby
Valentine's Day Wedding Reading, Feb 14, Corning, NY
Black History Month Reading, Corning Community College, Feb. 13
Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY, Feb.23, reading and poetry workshops

The Corning Museum of Glass Community Open House, Sept. 15, with Dick Riddick
Harriet Tubman Home Gathering , July 22, Auburn NY
JUNETEENTH, June 17, Centerway Square, Corning, NY with Dick Riddick
Harambee at Mt. Neboe Lodge, Elmira, NY, Feb. 18 with Dick Riddick on conga and percussion
Three Rivers Reading Series at Medley's Restaurant, April 27 with Dick Riddick on congas and percussion
Southport Correctional Facility, Feb. 4

Juneteenth Celebration, Centerway Square, Corning, NY, June 19
171 Cedar Arts Center 25th Anniversary Celebration Reading May 23 accompanied by Felicia Kessel on keyboards with Michael Czarnecki
Something Loving, Poetry Reading, Rockwell Museum, February 14
Chicago Cultural Center, Ragdale Writers Reading March 4

St. Marks Poetry Project with Vit Bakitis, NY, NY, November 11
Summer Reading Series, Calverack, NY August 16,
Hornell Poets Theatre, Hornell, NY, March 12
Something Loving, Poetry Reading, Rockwell Museum, February 14

Something Loving, Poetry Reading, Rockwell Museum, February 14,
Writing Workshop for Elmira Girls Scouts, Februay 16, Elmira, NY
Visions and Voices, celebration for National Women's History Month, March 1, 171 Cedar Arts Center, Corning, NY
The Gas Station March 5, with Baron James Ashanti, New York City, New York
AIUSA Northeast Region Conference March 9, Boston Univeristy, Boston, MA
Poets Performance, Amnesty Annual General Meeting, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., June 15
Radio Interviewon WUDC (aired June 19) with E. Ethelbert Miller, Washington, D.C.
Young Author's Day, Corning Community College, November 25,
Kwanzaa presentation, Chemung Valley Unitarian Church, December 15

Chemung Valley Unitarian Fellowship, Martin Luther King
Remembrance Poetry Reading, Feb 4
Visions and Voices celebration for National Womens' History Month, 171 Cedar Arts Center, March 2
Young Author's Day poetry workshop, Corning Community College, March 6, Corning, NY
Women Poets at Barnard with Marilyn Hacker, March 8, NY, NY
Corning Community College poetry workshop, April 9, Corning, NY
Corning Community College, April 11, Brown Bag Series
Northside Blodgett Elementary School visitor reader, Corning, NY
Mark Twain Quarry Farm, H.S. writing intensive, March 17, Elmira, NY
Steele Memorial Library, poetry writing workshop, March 24
Steele Memorial Library, annual poetry contest, guest poet, March 25
Conversations with Southern Tier Women interview/reading, May 14
Readings Series at Stars with Walt Franklin, Corning, NY, June 19
Gathering of the Minds coffeehouse, Corning, NY, June 21
Young Author's Day poetry workshop, Corning Community College, November 19

First Ladies of Poetry, Lecture, Wednesday Morning Club, Park Church, Nov. 15, Elmira, NY
Poetry Writing Workshop, Mansfield University, Nov. 2, Mansfield Pa.
Poetry Reading, Mansfield University, Nov. 1, 1989, Mansfield, Pa.
Black Poets Day, Workshop 6th Grade, Parley Coburn School, October 7, 1989, Elmira, NY
171 Cedar Arts Center, Summer Reading Series, writing workshop, July 26, Corning, NY
171 Cedar Arts Center, Summer Reading Series, poetry reading, July 25, Corning, NY
Career Discussion and Poetry Writing Workshop, 8th grade, May 26, Prattsburg, NY
Career Discussion and Poetry Writing Workshop, Corning Free
Academy, March 23, 6th grade, Corning,NY
Reading for Thomas Hart Benton Exhibit at The Rockwell Museum, Literature from the Thirties, producer and reader, April 10, Corning, NY.
The Pew Rally Gospel Talent Show, All Saints Home Church of God in Christ, Sunday, April 2, Elmira, NY
Martin Luther King Reading, Church of God in Christ, January 15, Big Flats, NY,

171 Cedar Arts Center, Summer Reading Series, writing workshop, July 25, Corning, NY
171 Cedar Arts Center, Summer Reading Series, poetry reading, July 18, Corning, NY
North Country Community College, reading series organized by
Maurice Kenny, March 21, Saranac Lake, NY
Federal Correction Institue at Raybrook, poetry reading, March 21, Raybrook, NY
Young Author's Day, poetry writing workshop, Corning Community College, March 1
Books Sandwiched In, book review series at Corning Public Library, lecture/review on Beloved by Toni Morrison, January 11

Poetry Society of America, 15 Gramercy Park , with NYFA Poetry Fellows, October 29, NY, NY
171 CEDAR ARTS CENTER, "Making Real the Dream", Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. birthday celebration, children’s workshop and evening performance, with Arthur Fowers and other performers, Corning, NY, January 19

ST. MARKS POETRY PROJECT, 10th Street and 2nd Avenue, with Patricia Jones and Marie Ponsot, May 22, NY, NY
BASEMENT WORKSHOP, 22 Catherine Street, with Marilyn Hacker, April 30, NY, NY
DOUBLE TALK SHOW, Sideshows by the Seashore, Coney Island boardwalk, with Roland Legiardi-Laura, produced by Bob Holman, April 14, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Art Against Apartheid, The Poetry Project at St. Mark's, Oct. 21, NY, NY
Tompkins Square Festival Poetry Reading, June 17, Tompkins Square Park, NY, NY
First anniversary celebration of Black and in Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College, March 24, Brooklyn, NY
Artits' Call Against U..S. Intervention in Central America, St. Marks Poetry Project, Jan 18, NY, NY
Confirmation Anthology Reading and Book Party, Brooklyn Arts and Culture Association (BACA) Jan. 13, Brooklyn, NY

Washington Heights Community Art Gallery, Sept. 18, NY, NY
National Black United Front, International Women's Day, August 9, Brooklyn, NY

IKON MAGAZINE Benefit reading, NYU Law Auditorium, Nov., NY, NY

Politics of Writing, Calabash Workshop Event, Reading at CAT Video, Oct. 25, Harlem, NY
American Writers Congress, Poetry Reading, Oct. 10, NY, NY
Galeria Morivivi, Reading Series, September 13, NY, NY
Cafe Figaro, Sunday Poetry Reading Series, June 7, NY, NY
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, Arts & Culture Center, Poetry Reading, June 6, Brooklyn, NY
Afrikan Poetry Theatre, May 17, Jamaica, NY
Memorial to Larry Neal, Countee Cullen Library, April 25, Harlem, NY
Black Writers Union Fundraiser, Creative Arts Center, April 11, Brooklyn, NY
Sunbury 9 Reading, Nuyorican PoetsĘ Cafe, Live Broadcast WBAI, anuary, NY, NY

Interviewed by Larry Neal, WWRL-Radio, Fall 1980, NY, NY

The Coalition, Club 57, St. Marks Place, New York, April 5, 1979

The New York State Book Fair, Martin Luther King Jr. High School, NY,
NY, October 8
Corner Post Cafe Series, Brooklyn, NY, June 25
Pearl's Place, Sunday Poetry Series, May 7, NY, NY
Women's Center, Brooklyn College, April 17, Brooklyn, NY
New Rican Village, March 24, NY, NY
Manhattan Theatre Club, Poetry Series, February 28, NY, NY

Arthur Kill Correctional Facility, August, Staten Island, NY
Chaz Restaurant, Montage Series, July 16, NY

Bedford Hills Correctional Institution, October 30, Bedford Hills, NY
Rejuvenation, December 26, Brooklyn, New York

Look Homeward, Choreopoem, Black Movements Festival, January,
Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. and neighboring colleges

1974,1973, 1972
Coffeehouse performances and on-campus readings,
Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts



Freedom (164) Poems for All, Sept. 2002
Not Final, Just Next (165) Poems for All, Sept. 2002

"The Them Gone" Cave Canem Anthology 2002, Cave Canem, 2003

"Hard Won Country" The Year's Best Writing, Writer's Digest Guides, April 2003

"Health Care" Moon Journal Fall/Winter 2002 Volume VII Issue 2 (ed Mary H. Ber)

"The Becoming," DARK MATTER, (first!) anthology of African American Science Fiction, ed. by Sheree R. Thomas, Time Warner Books, 2000

"My Mommy Gone #15," WORDS OF WISDOM, Poet's Theater 20th Anniversary Anthology, ed. by B. O'Brien, J. Damerell and C.J. Houghtaling, H&H Press, PA, 2000

"Night and Day: The Double Lives of Artists in America" by Gloria Klaiman, Praeger Pub Text, August 2000

"Inventing the Food", "for Shimmer," Bluelight Corner, Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex and Romantic Love, ed. by Rosemarie Robotham, Three Rivers Press, NY, 1999

"Chock full O' Nuts" Will Work for Peace, New Political Poetry, PA, 1999

"Health Care," "Way From Here," MASK, Earth's Daughters Collective, Buffalo, NY, 1998

Leavetaking ,for Shimmer, A Different Drum My Muse Relentless, MOONDANCE, August 1996,

EMBOUCHURE, poems on jazz and other musics collection of 41 poems, ArtFarm Press, Corning, NY, Oct. 1995

Genny, CHAIN, edited by Osman and Spahr, Buffalo, NY, 1995
Revoltillo Bacalao,Hairdressers, "my motheris an indictment.." Meanderings, April 1995 /me204/me20403.shtml

Song Through the Wall, EYEBALL, St. Louis Missouri, 1994

Finishing,Water Bears No Scars, My Muse Relentless, Song Through the Wall, SISTERFIRE, an anthology of BlackWomanist Fiction and Poetry, ed. by Charlotte Watson-Sherman, HarperCollins, 1994

950 Hoe Avenue, Water Bears No Scars, CHAZ,My Muse Relentless, Scent, So Much to Show,Tell, Imprint, Remember the Source Obsidian II, Black Literature in Review, Fall Winter, Volume 8 Number 2, ed. by Gerald Barrax, NCSU,1993

To Every Birth Its Pain What is Found There, Notebooks on Poetry and Politics by Adrienne Rich,W.W. Norton,1993

Praise Song Blue Cage, ed. by Barry Fogden, England, 1993

Essay ,Writing From the New Coast: Technique, University of Buffalo, 1993

Fall, Low Moon,>Making Poems, Truck Stop, After Haying, Way From Here, The Fireweed Journal ed. by Wm. M. Frenchy De Rushé Spring 1992, Yukon/Alaska Publishing

On Air Catalyst Magazine #10, ed. by Pearl Cleage, Atlanta, Ga., 1992

Afro Funk, 235 Fifth Avenue Hambone, ed. by Nathaniel Mackey, Santa Cruz, CA. 1992

When the horn fits, blow it, Songs they could sing, Telegram from Topeka, Interpenetration Side Two Erotique Noire/Black Erotica ed by Decosta-Willis, Martin and Bell, Anchor,1992

"Hairdressers" African American Review, J.Weixlman, ed. 1992

Alien Homeboy, The Big Three-O, This Mother,Memorial Day, Obsidian II, Spring 1991, Gerald Barrax, ed,.NCSU, Raleigh, NC

Prayer, Catalyst, ed. By Pearl Cleage, Atlanta, GA,1991

For Bob Thompson, New Alchemy, Report on Training Assignment One, When the Horn fits,Blow It Contact/II, a poetry review, Summer /Fall 1989, No. 53/54/55, NY, NY

A Valentine, Interpenetration Side Two, For the Homeless, Obsidian II, Winter 1988, Gerald Barrax,NCSU

Songs they could sing #328 Shooting Star Review, Winter 1988, Pittsburgh,PA

On the One, West Wind Review, Department of English,Oregon State College, Ashland, Oregon 97520, Spring, 1987

Acknowledgment, Fuel for Beginners II, West Street, Village You Come From, Obsidian II, Black Literature in Review, Winter 1986, NCSU, Raleigh, NC

Interpenetration Side One Starline, Science Fiction Poetry Association's magazine, Volume 9, Issue 4/July-August 1986

Leaving is a Little Death, Black American Literature Forum, Joe Weixlmann, editor, Volume 20. No. 3, Fall 1986, Indiana State University

"“ will never forget you, South Africa..." IKON magazine, Art Against Apartheid issue, Second Series #5/6, 1986

West Street, The Interview,"she knits acrylic hosannas..." ARTSCOPE, Nov/Dec 1985, Chemung Valley Arts Council, Corning, NY

We Are The New Heat, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction, Magazine 4/1985

766-CQT, Bloodletting Lyric, St. Mark's Poetry Project anthology from Artist's Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central and South America, 1984

"who cries.." Songs they could sing #482 HAMBONE NO. 4, Santa Cruz, CA 1984

Survival is its own Revenge,August,"my mother is an indictmentment," LAMENT, Confirmation, anthology ofAfrikan- American women writers, Quill (Morrow), NY 1983

Betty Carter at the Vanguard, Brain Gets Blame II, Keep Watch, Black and in Brooklyn, Universal Black Writer Press, 3/1983 Bklyn., NY

Getting to Know, Gowanus Canal Extended Outlooks, the Iowa Review Anthology of Contemporary American women writers, Collier, NY, 1983

With my Honey, Atlanta IKON Magazine, Ikon Press, NY, 1982

Disarm myself and you besides ,Womenfolk, "my mother is an indictment..", UMB Westside Words, Westside Publishing, NY, NY
Survival is Its Own Revenge, Black Scholar, Sausalito,CA, 1981

Revoltillo Bacaloa, To Sister for Mother, No One Comes Home to Lonely Women, Woman Poet East,Women-In-Literature, Reno, NV, 1981

Liberation Begins with Common Sense, People Giving Up What They Need Not Surrender, UMB, Pamoja Tutashinda, Spring 1981, Williams College,Williamstown, Massachusetts

"collect images..." SUNBURY NINE, Sunbury Press, NY, 1980

Bebop Womantones: Betty Carter interview, Heresies: Women in
Music, Heresies Collective, NY 1980

For HopeFreshtones: Volume One, edited by Pat Lee, One and One Communications, Inc., NY, 1978

D&C, C.O.P.E. (Coping with the Overall Pregnancy-Parenting Experience), edited by Marianne Smith, Boston, MA, 1978

"collect images...", For Djamila, Conditions: Three, eds. Bulkin,

AVATAR, D&C, To Every Birth Its Pain,"my mother is an indictment", Ordinary Women, eds. Jones, Esteves, Chiang, Miles, Ordinary Women Press, NY, Spring 1978

For Ken, Among the Questions Never Asked BOPP, Chapter IV, International Biannual Literary Magazine, eds. Obayani, Troupe, Cannon, NY 1977

"A girl leaves the shower...", "mine is the anguish", "we celebrate you" HOODOO 5, Special Women's Issue, eds. Clifton, Khalil, Lorde, Houston, Energy BlackSouth Press, 1976

Chapbook LOVECYCLES, Center for New Images, NY, 1976

4/16/75 Essence Magazine, Vol. 6 No. 4, New York, Essence Communications, August 1975

"if I could speak you...", To Every Birth Its Pain Johari II, edited by Womansong, For Marte William Stanley, Center for New Images, 1975

Legacy Blues PIQUE, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, 1975

Sweet Bitters, you play music too loud Knockabout, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, 1975

Prologue, Picture(for Daddy Edwin), On individualism, Prologue, Lovecycles, " i, too..." BLACK SUN, ed. by Barbara Banks and Akua Lezli Hope, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, 1975

if i could speak you... , poet can u? MWENEA, Queens Community College, New York, 1974

if i could speak you... , poet can u? Johari I, Center for New Images, AFRAM, Bayside, N.Y., 1974, Gerald Gladney, editor

music screams in themind, His Own Keeping the Faith, anthology of Maniac Self, Lovesigns, Ode Black American Women Writers ed. by Pat Exum, Fawcett Press, NY, 1974

LIFECYCLES, dramatization of poetry Adams Theatre, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., 1974

" a girl leaves the shower hummin..." Knockabout, Williams College, We Must Mark Our Ballots, Friends 1974

Pieces of a Man (prose), Humongous Pamoja Tutashinda, Kujichagulia, Afro Society, Williams College. Williamstown MA, 1973

It be's hard bein queenly Kujicahgulia, WBSU newspaper, Williams College, Williamstown, MA., Feb, 1973

poet, can u, Knockabout, Vol. 1 No. 1, ed. by Gasperini and Stekler, Williamstown, MA, Spring 1973

For Sterling Brown Kujichagulia WBSU newspaper, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass, Nov. 1973

To Gabby, For Gabby, To Laura, Pamoja Tutashinda, ed. by Milk Flows Kujichagulia, AfroSociety, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, April 1972

Ode, Joe Says the Sister Laughing Line ed. by Cohen, Winter 1972, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

Homesick Led Barron, ed. by James and Walker, Winter 1972, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

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As the third generation of my families in the U.S., I've inherited both the idealism of the first and the skepticism of the second. I'd like to believe that I'm less accepting than either and that I'll be less disappointed.

I write to record the urban, Black, emigré, technopeasant mythos; to conduct a mythopoeic exploration of ethnicity and interculturality, neo- afrikan american psychographics and semiology, the reinvestment of indigenous jazz and funk with motive force and votive power, identity and acculturation, struggle and joy, transcendence and passion.

I work to improve my craft, to lengthen my reach, to better block, strike, pluck or embrace ... to create world class literature, to be a force for good in the world (this relentless call to sing!), and to make peace irresistible.

Thanks for the impetus, thanks for listening.

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