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Amiri Baraka

Poetry, 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.

| Subject Matter: Black History, Jazz, Rap, Politics | Interview Year: 1996 | Genre: Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction | Awards: Poet Laureate of New Jersey, Langston Hughes Award, Guggenheim Fellowship |

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