Mr. Baraka will be interviewed by Johnny Temple of Akashic Books in Brooklyn, NY. A reception will immediately follow the program. For further information regarding this event or to attend, please contact Columbia University Libraries by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amiri Baraka is the author of over 40 books of essays, poems, dramas, music history and criticism. One of the founders of Harlem's Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, he has since received numerous awards and honors including an Obie, an American Academy of Arts & Letters award, the James Weldon Johnson Medal, and grants from the NEA and the Rockefeller Foundation. A poet and revolutionary political activist, he has read and lectured extensively in the USA, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. He currently lives in Newark with his wife, author Amina Baraka, where they jointly head up the word-music ensemble "Blue Ark: the word ship."
The Columbia University Libraries recently acquired the papers of the poet and playwright. Running to nearly 1,000 linear feet of correspondence, manuscripts, notebooks, research files, photographs, and audio and video tapes, the Baraka Papers form a huge and hugely important archive on the life and career of one of America’s most important and most controversial figures.
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