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The Before Columbus Foundation Poetry Anthology: Selections from the American Book Awards, 1980-1990

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Since 1976 the Before Columbus Foundation has been devoted to the task of redefining our notion of mainstream American literature to reflect this country's multicultural, multiethnic, and multiracial diversity. Since 1980 it has sponsored the American Book Awards, which honor a wide spectrum of books that reflect this heritage. To recognize literary excellence in this way demands a panoramic perspective, without restrictions and without quotas. Open, inclusive, democratic, the American Book Awards celebrates the many tributaries that flow into, in Ishmael Reed's words, the ocean of American literature. includes over 150 selections from a decade of American Book Award-winning poetry. Authors represented include Ai, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Edward Dorn, Allen Ginsberg, Maurice Kenny, Etheridge Knight, Colleen J. McElroy, Charles Olson, Sonia Sanchez, Gary Snyder, Quincy Troupe, Terence Winch, and Elizabeth Woody. It will quickly be seen as a landmark, pioneering volume and literary event. Along with , which is being published simultaneously, it is the first book to reflect accurately the American literature of the present--and to prepare us for the American literature of the twenty-first century.

Synopsis:

"This is a publication of major significance, particularly with the 500th anniversary of Columbus's voyage approaching. It makes a vital contribution to our understanding of what is happening in this society." --Professor Dennis Brutus, University of Pittsburgh

Synopsis:

This landmark volume collects a decade's worth of work from the American Book Awards, and in the process redefines our sense of what constitutes the "mainstream" of American poetry. Includes the work of more than 50 poets on a wide range of themes, diction and geographical origins.

About the Author

The Before Columbus Foundation was founded in 1976 as a nonprofit educational and service organization dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of contemporary American multicultural literature.Ishmael Reed is the author of over twenty-five books--including Mumbo Jumbo, The Last Days of Louisiana Red, Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down and Juice!. He is also a publisher, television producer, songwriter, radio and television commentator, lecturer, and has long been devoted to exploring an alternative black aesthetic: the trickster tradition, or "Neo-Hoodooism" as he calls it. Founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley for over thirty years, retiring in 2005. In 2003, he received the coveted Otto Award for political theater.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393308334
Editor:
Reed, Ishmael
Editor:
Strads, Gundar
Editor:
Reed, Ishmael
Editor:
Strads, Gundar
Editor:
Phillips, J. J.
Author:
Before Columbus Foundation
Author:
Wong, Shawn
Author:
Phillips, J. J.
Author:
Strads, Gundars
Author:
Reed, Ishmael
Editor:
Phillips, J. J.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Anthologies
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
American poetry -- 20th century.
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 8
Publication Date:
19911231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
429
Dimensions:
8.55x5.49x1.16 in. 1.30 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "This is a publication of major significance, particularly with the 500th anniversary of Columbus's voyage approaching. It makes a vital contribution to our understanding of what is happening in this society." --Professor Dennis Brutus, University of Pittsburgh
"Synopsis" by , This landmark volume collects a decade's worth of work from the American Book Awards, and in the process redefines our sense of what constitutes the "mainstream" of American poetry. Includes the work of more than 50 poets on a wide range of themes, diction and geographical origins.
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