Amiri BarakaPoetry, Drama, Nonfiction
Interviewed by: Robert Stewart
Catalog Number: 20030716
In this special celebration of Poet Laureates, we revisit this 1996 interview with prominent poet and playwright, Amiri Baraka. Formerly known as LeRoi Jones, Baraka only served a partial term as the New Jersey Poet Laureate before being ousted for his controversial 9/11 poem, "Somebody Blew Up America." Despite all the furor, Baraka has been called one of the most influential people in African-American literary culture. This poet of jazz rhythms and political action talks about his life and work with poet and New Letters magazine editor Robert Stewart.
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