|"Carl Phillips" by David Shankbone (2007). |
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February is National African-American History Month. Writer's Rainbow will be posting a weekly citation of individuals who helped to put African-American literature on the map. This year's theme, chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, is "Black Women in American Culture and History." Writer's Rainbow joins in celebrating those African American women who helped to shape our nation's rich multicultural identity and to remind us all to study and reflect on the value of their contributions to American history. Thus, my citations will lean toward women's voices in literature. Writers are listed in alphabetical order.
What critics said about Captivity: "Poems that stick with you like a song that won’t stop repeating itself in your brain, poems whose cadences burrow into your bloodstream, orchestrating your breathing long before their sense attaches its hooks to your heart."—Washington Post
What critics said about Brutal Imagination: "The connection in Eady’s art between music and drama, drawing on their close associations in African-American traditions, has never been more important than in this work..." — Kirkus Reviews
What critics said about Exquisite Heats: "An incredible collection of poetry! From villanelles to bop, Floyd-Miller's control of all forms is to be applauded. The poems are dramatic, clever and infused with her Southern heritage. This is a must-read!"—Author and editor Collin Kelley
What critics say about Hayes: "First you'll marvel at his skill, his near-perfect pitch, his disarming humor, his brilliant turns of phrase. Then you'll notice the grace, the tenderness, the unblinking truth-telling just beneath his lines, the open and generous way he takes in our world."—Cornelius Eady
What critics said about Hoops: "This book works to forge a large and spacious America, one capable of housing imagination." — Publishers Weekly
What critics say: "Singing the music of mythology, history and philosophy, [Phillips's] poems are delicately crafted to sound like common speech even though there is nothing pedestrian about them. Because of their dexterity, they are approachable without sacrificing their loftier aspirations." — Dionisio Martinez, The Miami Herald
What critics said about Beyond Katrina: "By looking at the vast devastation with sober and poetic eyes, Tretheway has written a hauntingly beautiful book."— Publishers Weekly