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A Confluence of Literary, Cultural & Vision Arts

 

WRITERS CLUB & DRUMVOICES REVUE CELEBRATE POETS:
Issue Call for Kwansabas for Maya Angelou & Quincy Troupe

 

The original date for submission of the seven-line poem Nov. 1--has been extended to Jan. 1, 2007

 

 

Books by Eugene Redmond

Sides of the River (1969)  /  Sentry of the Four Golden Pillars (1970) / River of Bones and Flesh and Blood (1971) / Songs from an Afro/Phone (1972)

 In a Time of Rain & Desire (1973) / Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas (2003)

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Miles Davis and Katherine Dunham
 


Miles Dewey Davis III and Katherine Dunham—legends who put the St. Louis area on the (arts) map globally—will be celebrated in their hometown of East St. Louis (Illinois).

The free, four-part celebration—honoring Davis’ 83rd birthday and the centennial of Dunham’s birth—will include poetry, dance, music, and exhibits of photos and memorabilia. Davis died in 1991, Dunham in 2006.

The Poets: Michael Castro, Roscoe “Ros” Crenshaw, Sherman L. Fowler, Susan Lively, Charlois Lumpkin, K. Curtis Lyle, Eugene B. Redmond, Darlene Roy, and Jeffrey Skoblow.

The Dancers: SIUE/East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts (Under the Direction of Theodore Jamison, Dunham protégé).

The Musicians: East St. Louis Senior High School Jazz Ensemble (Under the Direction of Delano Redmond).

The Exhibits: Photos & Memorabilia of Davis & Dunham (Developed/Curated by Alfred Henderson II).

Books available: Eighty Moods of Maya ” & “Drumvoices Revue: Richard Wright Centennial Issue.”

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Miles Davis and Katherine Dunham
(A Celebration in Poetry, Dance, & Music)

Tuesday, May 19, at 6:00 p.m., 2009

in the Multipurpose Room of Bldg. D, SIUE/ Higher Education Center

Presented by Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club / eredmon@siue.edu / 618 650-3991

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Selections from the Katherine Dunham Collection at the Library of Congress

The Katherine Dunham Collection consists of materials purchased from the archives of the Dunham Centers in East St. Louis, Illinois, and is made possible through a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Collection comprises 1,694 items in a variety of video/motion picture formats. It documents many aspects of Dunham’s dance career: her work as a choreographer, her dance technique and teaching method, various of her performances and productions, and her anthropological analysis of the dance and ritual of the African diaspora. The Collection also testifies to her global activism and leadership in the field of human rights and her advocacy of African American causes in her community.

The materials in this collection are housed and available for use in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Reading Room. Viewing requests should be directed to the MBRS Reading Room at 202-707-8572. Items should be requestedusing the “Motion Picture ID#” given in this document. The numbers found in the field labeled “Tape #” are only included for use in provenance tracking. (Those are the numbers that were on the tapes at the Dunham Center Archives in East St. Louis.) Continued . . .

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Dancer Katherine Mary Dunham

St. Louis, MO (KPLR)—Katherine Mary Dunham was born June 22, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois. From the moment she took her first steps, it was apparent she would become dance's "Katherine the Great." In her late teens she took up formal dance but attended the University of Chicago on a scholarship to study anthropology. After graduation she made her way to the West Indies to study both of her loves.

"So she went to Cuba. She went to Haiti. She went to Jamaica, to study the dance that the inhabitants did there. Because they were a part of the French and Spanish in those cultures and allowed them to practice their African roots." said Director of the Katherine Dunham Dance Center Ruby Streate.

Dunham's dancing feet took her around the globe and back to Haiti on numerous occasions. She even set up a residence for some time. Her dance company employed as many as 40 members touring extensively. Sometimes stepping on toes to break down racial barriers. Her fame gained in Europe and she showcased her troupe in film. Most notably the breakthrough musical "Stormy Weather" in 1943. She continued to dance, teach and perform in the then segregated South. But it was the 1960's she answered the call to help once again.

It's been said, dance is a delicate balance between perfection and beauty. Katherine Dunham did both with grace and ease.—KPLR

Katherine Dunham—Stormy Weather  / Katherine Dunham en haar dansgroep

Katherine Dunham—Living St. Louis  / Katherine Dunham—Shango (1945)

Katherine Dunham on "Shango"  /  Alvin Ailey and Katherine Dunham 1988

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Miles Davis

Poems: Miles (Grue)      miles davis (Sharif)      Miles Davis Poem  (Kalamu) 

Miles Dewey Davis III

(May 25, 1926 – September 28, 1991)

was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.

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Kwansaba in Newark

The Frances E. W. Harper Literary Society Invites You to Celebrate National Poetry Month (Theme: Kwansaba)
Poet Laureate Eugene B. Redmond
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009 / 6:30-8:00 pm The Newark Public Library
James Brown African American Room / 5 Washington Street / Newark, New Jersey 07102

 

Dr. Eugene B. Redmond, who worked closely with the late Katherine Dunham  as one of architects of the Midwest Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, is a poet, scholar, critic, photographer and author/editor of dozens of books including “Eighty Moods of Maya & Other Photo-Poetic Moments,” “Drumvoices Revue: The Richard Wright Centennial Issue,” “The Eye in the Ceiling” (winner of an American Book Award), “Images & Homages,” and seven collections of prose/poetry by the late Henry Dumas, for whose estate he has served as Literary Executor since 1968.

 

Emeritus professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dr. Redmond has been Writer-in-Residence at Oberlin College, California State University-Sacramento, Southern University-Baton Rouge, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wayne State University, University of Ibadan-Nigeria, and University of Missouri-St. Louis. His awards include a Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Tribute to an Elder Award (Afrikan Poetry Theater), induction into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from SIUE.

Exhibits of his photos have been held in Africa and across the U.S. at James Madison University, SIUE, Missouri History Museum-St. Louis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, East St. Louis Municipal Building, University of Kansas-Lawrence, and University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. In 1995, with fellow members of the East St. Louis-based Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club, he invented the “kwansaba,” a 49-word poem.
 
There will also be an open-mike segment; and a book signing will follow the program. Come & enjoy this free event.
 
For more information, please call 973 733-7793 or 973 733-5411. Dorothea M. Moore is chairperson of the Harper Literary Society.

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Other links

Eugene B. Redmond Table

 Eighty Moods of Maya  / Images and Homages: "Memwars"  / Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry

Kwansabas for Jayne Cortez  / katherine Dunham Dancing a Life

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Sankofa: Black Literature & Activism
from the Beginnings to Barack Obama

Tuesday, Feb.17, at 6:00 p.m.  in Room 2083 (Building B) of the SIUE/East St. Louis Higher
Education Center, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive /  call SIUE English at 618 650-3991 or write the group at P.O. Box 6165, East St.
Louis, Illinois 62201. eredmon@siue.edu

Panellists: Roscoe “Ros” Crenshaw, Charlois Lumpkin, Patricia Merritt, Walter Robinson, Darlene Roy, and Eugene B. Redmond (moderator).

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Kwanzaa/Obama Celebration

December 16, 2008 in East St. Louis

Here's what's up in "the heart of the heart of the country" . . .
 
KWANZAA & OBAMA TO BE CELEBRATED IN EAST ST. LOUIS ON DECEMBER 16
 
Writers Club* Offers Family Inner-Attainment In The ‘Soular System’
 
“KWANZAA: A (Continuing) Community Celebration!” Tuesday, December 16th, 6:00 p.m., 2008 Location: Multipurpose Room, Building D SIUE/East St. Louis Higher Education Center 601 J. R. Thompson Drive East St. Louis, Illinois 62202
 
Poetry, dance, drumming, a “Kwansaba Candle-Lighting Ritual,” an open mic, anda bazaar with books, gifts and fabrics, will be featured during the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club’s annual (pre) Kwanzaa Expo, slated for Tuesday, December 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m., in Building D (All Purpose Room) of the SIUE-East St. Louis Higher Education Center, 601 J. R. Thompson Drive.
 
The public is invited to this free public event, the Club’s 22nd annual celebration, featuring performances by the SIUE-ESL Center for the Performing Arts (under Theo Jamison’s direction). A special choreo-poetic piece, “Obama’s Roots Boots Routes,” written by Redmond and choreographed by Jamison, will also be offered.
 
The “Kwansaba . . . Ritual,” a community-centered celebration of Kwanzaa’s Nguzo Saba (“Seven Principles”), will be performed by Club poets Roscoe Crenshaw, Ruby Ellis, Sherman L. Fowler, Charlois Lumpkin, Patricia Merritt, Darlene Roy (president), and Redmond. And a special tribute, “A Suite of Kwansabas for Obama,” will include Meshawn Deberry, Walter Robinson, Takia Yates, K. Curtis Lyle, and Dr. Lena Weathers.
 
*The EBR Writers Club co-publishes “Drumvoices Revue” with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Club Trustees: Margaret Walker Alexander (1915-1998), Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), Avery Brooks, Walter Mosley, Raymond Patterson (1929-2001), Barbara A. Teer (1937-2008), Quincy Troupe, Lena Weathers
 
Co-sponsors: SIUE, East St. Louis Cultural Revival Campaign Committee, Drumvoices Revue, Black River Writers Press, Renaissance Literary Arts Press. For additional information, call the Club at 618 650-3991 or write EBRWC at P. O. Box 6165, ESL, IL 62202.

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“In Praise of Women: History & Homage” will be the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club’s annual Women’s Month feature, slated for March 17, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 2083 (Building B) of the SIUE/East St. Louis Higher Education Center, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive. For more information: call 618 650-3991 or write EBRWC at P.O. Box 6165, ESL, IL 62201. Email: eredmon@siue.edu With SIUE the Club also co-publishes several books, among them “Drumvoices Revue."

The Writers Club, founded in March 1986 and chartered by Sherman Fowler, Redmond, and Roy, also celebrates its 23rd birthday this month.

 

Drumvoices Revue

AVAILABLE SUMMER 2007!

A CONFLUENCE OF LITERARY, CULTURAL & VISION ARTS

      Spring / Summer / Fall 2007, Volume 15, ISBN: 1-880748-63-0

‘Kwansabas for Maya Angelou & Quincy Troupe’. Plus . . . Interviews with Angelou, Troupe & Michael Datcher … ‘Drumming a Continent’s Dreams’: A Selection of African Writings … ‘Art & Activism in  Sacramento/Northern California’ … Mari Evans: A Poetic Mosaic

CONTRIBUTORS

Opal Palmer Adisa, Alex Agyei-Agyiri, Maya Angelou, Deveran Ashe, Brian Auerbach, Gabeba Baderoon, Amiri Baraka, Carol Beane, Lisa Bertaccini, Odessa Bethea, Charles Curtis Blackwell, Joseph Bruchac, Raena Camacho, Lorraine Caputo, Gladys Justin Carr, O.J. Cartaya, Karl Carter, Adrian Castro, Michael Castro, Marie A. Celestin, Mary Chatfield, Syl Cheney-Coker, Chirikure Chirikure, Lisa Combrinck, Julia Connor, William Copeland, Jumaane Cowan, Roscoe Crenshaw, Michael Datcher, Diane Shipley DeCillis, Michael Deragon, Carlos Raul Dufflar, Chris Dyer, Corri Elizabeth, Mari Evans, Sherman L. Fowler, Laverne Frith, Kathryn Gahl, Bailey Harrell, Reginald M. Harris, Jr., Be Davison Herrera, Christienne L. Hinz, Jack Hirschman, Everett Hoagland, Imelda Hunt, Leah Hunter, Tade Ipadeola, Valjeanne Jeffers-Thompson, Emily L. Johnson, Danson Kahyana, Rick Kearns, Susan Kiguli, Lois Klein, April Lavadia, Le Pham Le, Vivian Lawry, Karen Lewis, Reginald Lockett, Mohamed Magani, Angel L. Martínez, Maria Massey, Ann McGovern, Joseph McNair, Patricia Merritt, Tureeda Mikell, Adam David Miller, David Mills, Gail Mitchell, Dorothea M. Moore, Lenard D. Moore, Beverley Nambozo, Malika Ndlovu, Uche Nduka, Dahveed Nelson, John Allen Newcomb, Mali Newman, Martina Nicholson, B.Z. Niditch, Obi Nwakanma, Tolu Ogunlesi, Dike Okoro, Remy Oriaku, Fred Ostrander, Debra A. Powell-Wright, Remi Raji, Netia T. Raye, Eugene B. Redmond, Glennis Redmond, Katherine Ridall, Marilyn Ringer, Danny Romero,  Darlene Roy, Amadou Lamine Sall, David Sapp, Kadija Sesay, Jane Stuart, Jennifer K. Sweeney, Charles Thomas, Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, Quincy Troupe, Sumaila Isah Umaisha, Jerry Ward, Ashley L. Williams, Diana Woodcock

To obtain your copy of Volume 15 of Drumvoices Revue, please fill out the form below and send check or money order for $10.00 (plus $2 shipping and handling) to Editor,  Drumvoices Revue, Dept. of English, Box 1431, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1431. Tel: (618) 650-3991 E-mail: eredmon@siue.edu.

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Name:________________________________________________________________________

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DRUMVOICES REVUE is published annually (with occasional supplemental issues) by the English Department of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in collaboration with the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club of East St. Louis (P.O. Box 6165), Illinois 62202. Occasional monographs, chapbooks, pamphlets and special-focus projects are also published in the Drumvoices Supplement Series. Example: Break Word with the World: A Commemorative Collection of Poems / Anecdotes / Commentaries.S ubscriptions: $10 per year. Drumvoices Revue is indexed in the American Humanities Index.

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EBR Writers Club* Offers Pre-Kwanzaa (Free)
Inner-Attainment In The ‘Soular System’/2007 (Contact: 618 650-3991)

 
Tuesday, December 18th, 6:00 p.m.


“KWANZAA: (Continuing) A 40th Anniversary (Community) Celebration”
 
Location: Multipurpose Room, Building D
SIUE/East St. Louis Higher Education Center
601 J. R. Thompson Drive
East St. Louis, Illinois 62202
Featuring:
 
Sunshine & The East St. Louis Community Performance Ensemble
 SIUE-East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts (Theo Jamison, Director)
 
&
 
“Kwansaba Candle-Lighting Ritual” w/Soular Systems Ensemble:


Roscoe Crenshaw (“Kujichagulia”/ Self-Determination)
Angela Dates-Ali (“Kuumba” Creativity)
Charlois Lumpkin(“Ujamaa”/ Cooperative Economics)
Patricia Merritt (“Nia”/ Purpose)
Darlene Roy (“Ujima”/ Collective Work & Responsibility)
Dr. Lena Weathers (“Imani”/Faith)
Eugene B. Redmond (“Umoja”/Unity)
 
Plus “Open Mic” . . . gifts, books, art & fabric bazaar . . .
 
*The Writers Club co-publishes “Drumvoices Revue” with Southern Illinois
University Edwardsville. Club Trustees: Margaret Walker Alexander (1915-1998),
Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), Avery Brooks, Walter Mosley, Raymond Patterson (1929-2001), Barbara A. Teer, Quincy Troupe, Dr. Lena Weathers
 
Co-sponsors: SIUE, East St. Louis Cultural Revival Campaign Committee,
Drumvoices Revue, Black River Writers Press, Renaissance Literary Arts Press.

For additional information, call the
Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club at 618 650-3991 or write EBRWC at P. O. Box
6165, ESL, IL 62202.

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TO: All Media, Poets, Writers, Cultural Centers, Libraries, Schools, English Departments

FROM: Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club/SIUE English Department/Drumvoices Revue
Contact: 618 650-3991; eredmon@siue.edu; FAX: 618 650-3509

Kwansabas for Richard Wright (1908-1960) in honor of the Wright Centennial (1908-2008). Selected kwansabas (7-line poems) will be published in the Spring 2008 issue of Drumvoices. Final date for submission of the kwansabas is Nov. 1, 2007. The kwansaba, a 49-word poetic form invented during the Writers Club’s 1995workshop season (in East St. Louis), consists of seven lines of seven words each, with no word containing more than seven letters. (Think 7-7-7!) Exceptions to the seven-letter rule are proper nouns and some foreign terms. Drumvoices Revue, English Department Box 1431, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1431. Submissions may be sent in hard copies and/or on Microsoft Word disk. For more information, call 618 650-3991, email eredmon@siue.edu  or fax 618 650-3509. Interested persons may also write EBRWC @ P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62202.

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WRITERS CLUB & DRUMVOICES REVUE CELEBRATE POETS:
Issue Call for Kwansabas for Maya Angelou & Quincy Troupe


East Saint Louis/Edwardsville, Illinois--For its Spring 2007 issue, Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural literary journal co-published by the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is issuing a call for Kwansabas for Maya Angelou and Quincy Troupe. The original date for submission of the seven-line poem Nov. 1--has been extended to Jan. 1, 2007.

The kwansaba, a 49-word poetic form invented during the Writers Club’s 1995 workshop season (in East St. Louis), consists of seven lines of seven words each; each word must contain between one and seven letters. Exceptions to the seven-letter rule are proper nouns and some foreign terms. Previous issues of Drumvoices have featured kwansabas for Katherine Dunham (2004), Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez (2005), and Jayne Cortez (2006).  Following is an example of a kwansaba from Drumvoices #13:

Neo Kwansaba in Barakan Verse
(Mali Newman)

Poetree grown from stanzas tongues my ears
Don’t play Dough Ray Mi Vaso Latte
Unless Dada Doowop Dadaism is dead, unless
Trans (it) Blues in C, major or minor
Died by volumes twenty one times, don’t
Play scale up/scale down, while Baraka

Breaks off a piece of his mind.
 

Kwansaba submissions should be sent by Jan. 1, 2007, to Drumvoices Revue, English Department Box 1431, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1431. Submissions should be in hard copies as well as on Microsoft Word disk. For more information, call 618 650-3991, email eredmon@siue.edu, fax 618 650-3509, or write EBRWC @ P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62202.

Founded in 1986 and named after East St. Louis Poet Laureate Eugene B. Redmond, Writers Club trustees include Amiri Baraka, Angelou, Walter Mosley, Barbara Ann Teer, Quincy Troupe, Dr. Lena Weathers, and Avery Brooks. Trustees also serve on the editorial board of Drumvoices Revue. Deceased Trustees include Margaret Walker Alexander (1915-1998), Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), and Raymond R. Patterson (1929-2001).

The Club is currently celebrating its 20th year of twice-monthly meetings (first/third Tuesday), 6:00-8:00 p.m., in the Library (Building B) of the East St. Louis Higher Education Center, 601 J. R. Thompson Drive. Meetings are held September through May. All writers, from beginners to professionals, are welcome.

East St. Louis Plans Big Tribute to Katherine Dunham  Drumvoices Festival of Arts #2

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DrumVoices Revue

A Confluence of Literary, Cultural & Vision Arts

Spring-Summer-Fall 2006 / Volume 14, Numbers 1 & 2

& A Cortez Poetic Mosaic / Interviews with Amiri Baraka & Magdalena Gomez

“Gems’ from Trustees/Friends of EBR Writers Club / 10 Nigerian Poets + Arts/Activism in Sacramento

 

Contributors

Volume 14, Numbers 1 & 2

Opal Palmer Adisa

Maya Angelou

Judi Brannan Armbruster

Samuel O. Asein

Nnorom Azuonye

Amiri Baraka

Genoa Barrow

Lisa Bertaccini

Odessa Bethea

Tara Betts

Charles Curtis Blackwell

Melba Boyd

Lorraine Caputo

Olivia Castellano

Michael Castro

Marie A. Celestin

Carolyn Chapman

Anthony Cheeseboro

James E. Cherry

V.S. Chochezi

L. Teresa Church

Jayne Cortez

Jumaane Cowan

Roscoe Crenshaw

David Diai

Carlos Raul Dufflar

Henry Dumas

Amatoritsero Ede

Francis Egbokhare

Matthew Emerson

Chiedu Ezeanah

Perpetual Eziefule

Elsie Feliz

Sherman Fowler

Laura Freedgood

Van G. Garrett

Magdalena Gomez

Kelly Harris

Janice Haskins

Dianna Henning

Be Davison Herrera

Senna Heyatawin

Christienne Hinz

Warrington Hudlin

Cheryl Jackson-Olison

Jenetta Jackson-McNeil

Guy Johnson

Sheryl Johnson

George Austin Jones

Kimi Julian

Mike Jurkovic

Rick Kearns-Morales

Adrienne Keith

Akeem Lasisi

Shirley Bradley Leflore

Demola Lewis

Reginald Lockett

Richard Long

K. Curtis Lyle

Paulina Saad Mabayoje

Mary Mackey

Haki R. Madhubuti

devorah major

Stephen Malin

Angel L. Martinez

Stephen Massimilla

D.H. Melhem

Patricia Merritt

E. Ethelbert Miller

Gail Mitchell

Jose Montoya

Tomas Montoya

Lenard D. Moore

Madeline Morningfire Myers

Mali Newman

Francis Odemerho

Isaac Attah Ogezi

Promise Okekwe

Remy Oriaku

Raymond R. Patterson

Willie Perdomo

Pamela Plummer

Ohioma Pogoson

Daniel Polikoff

Kevin Powell

Remi Raji

Howard Rambsy II

Eugene B. Redmond

Lori Jean Robinson

Danny Romero

Darlene Roy

Themba Sadiki

Ron Schaefer

Dennis Schmitz

Halima Sekula

Kim Shuck

Allegra Jostad Silberstein

Hortense Simmons

John Oliver Simon

Jeffrey Skoblow

Glenda Smiley

Laura Strand

Emmanuel Egya Sule

Quincy Troupe

Brigit Truex

Centa Uhalde

Hoang Vinh

Jerry W. Ward Jr.

Luke Warm Water

John Wheatcroft

Kimberly White

Monica White

Francis Lee Wilson

Katie Harper Wright

Stephen Caldwell Wright

 

Kwansabas for Jayne Cortez’ & A Cortez Poetic Mosaic

Interviews with Amiri Baraka & Magdalena Gomez

“Gems’ from Trustees/Friends of EBR Writers Club

10 Nigerian Poets + Arts/Activism in Sacramento

 

 

DRUMVOICES REVUE: A Confluence of Literary, Cultural & Vision Arts 

Vol. 13 Spring/Summer/Fall 2005 

Available Spring 2005 

Honoring Amiri Baraka's 70th Birthday 

& The 40th Anniversary of the Black Arts Movement

 ISBN 1-880748-60-6

#1: ‘drumvoices festival of east saint love . . .’  (exploring the region’s ‘Arkansippi’ roots/routes) with The Community Performance Ensemble (Dance/Drum Troupe directed by Sylvester Sunshine Lee) & Poets of The Soular Systems Ensemble: Roscoe Crenshaw, Sherman Fowler, Janice Haskins,Sheryl Johnson, Charlois Lumpkin, Patricia Merritt, Dahveed Nelson, Darlene Roy, Alnando Sesson, Eugene B. Redmond

Sixty-Four Poems (“kwansabas”) and Three Essays honoring Amiri Baraka’s 70th Birthday and the 40th Anniversary of the Black Arts Movement—plus “black and soaring,” a B.A.M. overview with photo collages by Howard Rambsy, and a retrospective anthology of 14 Baraka poems;

Interviews with Joy Harjo & Sonia Sanchez 

Interviews with Award-Winning Poets-Activists Joy Harjo and Sonia Sanchez (who is also honored with 14 “kwansabas” and essays);

New Poets & Writers of Nigeria--Selected by Remi Raji

[Nine] New Poets & Writers of Nigeria--including Akin Adesokan, Tolu Ogunlesi, and Chika Unigwe—selected and introduced by Remi Raji

Literary Arts & Activism in Sacramento & Northern Calif.

--Selected by Odessa Bethea

Forty-One Poets, Activists, Essayists, and Fiction Writers from Sacramento/Northern California including Genoa Barrow, Charles Curtis Blackwell, David Covin, V.S. Chochezi, Leticia Del Toro, Teri Glass, Allan Gordon, Katherine Hastings, Be Davison Herrera, Ted Hornback, George Austin Jones, Ariono-jovan Labu, Diane P. Lando, Sinh Quang Le, Danny Romero, Dennis Schmitz, Hortense Simmons, Otis Scott, and Kimberly White—selected and introduced by Odessa Bethea.

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The “kwansaba,” a poetic form consisting of 49 words distributed over 7 lines, was invented in 1995 by the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club (in East St. Louis, Illinois). The Club co-publishes Drumvoices with the English Department of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 

Members contributing “kwansabas” to Drumvoices #13 include Roscoe Crenshaw, Sandra English, Sherman L. Fowler, Christienne L. Hinz, Sheryl Johnson, Patricia Merritt, Mali Newman, Bruce Petty, Darlene Roy.  Drumvoices also features poems by Alvin Aubert of Detroit, Henry Dumas (1934-68), Jakarta-born/Chinese-American poet Li-Young Lee of Chicago, Reginald Lockett of Oakland, and Joseph McNair of Miami (who also contributes an essay on Baraka).

“Kwansabas” (and essays) honoring Baraka and Sanchez include those by more than a dozen students  from Howard University and SIUE. (HU students studied with Tony Medina.) 

“Kwansabas” also came from Spain (Nela Bureu), Pennsylvania (Frances Lee Wilson), Louisiana (Jerry Ward Jr.), California (Adrienne Cary Hurley), New Jersey (Angel L. Martinez), Indiana/Ohio (Jolivette Anderson/Anthony Zupanic), North Carolina (Lenard D. Moore/Evie Shockley), Missouri (Shirley Bradley LeFlore), Georgia (Stanley L. Raper), Texas (Van G. Garrett), New York (D. H. Melhem/Anthony Sloan), and South America (Lorraine Caputo).

The EBR Writers Club was founded in 1986. Its Trustees, some of whom also serve on the editorial board of Drumvoices, include Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Avery Brooks, Walter Mosley, Quincy Troupe, Barbara Ann Teer, and Dr. Lena Weathers.

To order Drumvoices, send a check or money order for $10.00 to Editor: DR, English Dept. Box 1431, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1431. For more information, call: 618 650-3991.

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Akin Adesokan  Jolivette 'Djali'Anderson  Alvin Aubert  Amiri Baraka  Genoa Barrow  Odessa Bethea Patricia Biela  Charles Curtis Blackwell  Eric Borden  Derrick Weston Brown  Nela Bureu Lorraine Caputo  V.S. Chochezi 

Jabez W. Churchill  David Covin  Roscoe Crenshaw  Jason Cudahy  Risasi Dais  Valerie A. Davis  Leticia Del Toro  

Laurie Duesing  Carlos Raul Dufflar  Henry Dumas  Carole Dwinnell  Donna Emerson  Sandra English  Arthur C. Ford  Sherman L. Fowler  Mark G.  Van G. Garrett  Teri Glass   Allan Gordon  Grace Marie Grafton  Elizabeth Hanon  W. Devin Harper  Joy Harjo  Katherine Hastings  Marlene Hawthrone  Alfred Henderson II  Melanie Henderson  Be Davison Herrera  Christienne L. Hinz  Ted Hornback  Randall Horton  Diondra Humphries  Adrienne Carey Hurley  Ogaga Ifowodo 

Robin Leslie Jacobson Konahe Jernigan  Sheryl Johnson  George Austin Jones  Leslie Lorelle Jones  M. Susan Jones

Shernell Julien  William Keener   Vincent Kobelt   Ariono-jovan Labu   Lisa Tarrer Lacy    Diane P. Lando  Shirley Bradley LeFlore  Sinh Quang Le  Li-Young Lee   Karen Lewis  Reginald Lockett  Ashley Mack   MaryJo Mahoney 

Angel L. Martinez   Joseph McNair  D.H. Melhem  Patricia Merritt  Tureeda Mikell  Khiry Malik Moore  Lenard D. Moore 

Zayid Muhammad  Mali Newman  Austyn Njoku  Queen Nontsekelelo  Maik Nwosu  G. 'Ebinyo Ogbowei  Tolu Ogunlesi  Sanya Osha  Bruce Petty  Remi Raji  Howard Rambsy II  Stanley L. Raper  Eugene B. Redmond  Lori Jean Robinson  Danny Romero  Albert Rothman   Darlene Roy  Erika Sanders  Dennis Schmitz  Otis Scott  Prartho Sereno  Evie Shockley   

Hortense Simmons  Jeffrey Skoblow  Anthony Sloan  Linda Jo Smith  Elaine Starkman   Essence W. Sweat  Ron Thomas  Chika Unigwe  Jerry W. Ward Jr.   Kimberly White  Willie D. Williams  Francis Lee Wilson   Karen Wood  Molara Wood  Tony Zupanic  

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For brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh but by love serve one another. Galatians 5:13

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Eugene B. Redmond / Office: PH 2206 / Phone: x3991 / Email: eredmon@siue.edu

M.A. Washington University / Editor: DRUMVOICES REVUE

Specializations: Creative Writing, African-American and Multi-Cultural Literature.

Currently a Professor of English and the editor of DRUMVOICES REVUE at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Eugene B. Redmond is an active voice in the local writing community as well as in national and international circles.

As a founder of the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club (1986) in East St. Louis, he continues to be instrumental in the lives of novice and experienced writers across the globe.

AWARDS
His awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Pan-African Movement USA, a Pushcart Prize: Best of Small Presses, a Tribute to an Elder from the African Poetry Theater of NYC, an American Book Award (The Eye in the Ceiling: Selected Poems, 1993), and Writing Fellowships from the California, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri and West Virginia Arts Councils.

BIOGRAPHY
A national and international lecturer, Redmond reaches worldwide audiences with his multicultural messages. In 1999, Redmond joined Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley, Lerone Bennett Jr., August Wilson, and Henry Dumas as an inductee into the National Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. 

While a professor of English and Poet-in-Residence in Ethnic Studies at California State University-Sacramento (1970-85), he was named and remains Poet Laureate of East St. Louis. 

Redmond's books of poetry are Sides of the River (1969,) Sentry of the Four Golden Pillars (1970), River of Bones and Flesh and Blood (1971), Songs from an Afro/Phone (1972), Consider Loneliness As These Things, and In a Time of Rain & Desire 1973); his LP recording of poetry, Bloodlinks and Sacred Places, was released by Black River Writers in 1973. He edited Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry, A Critical History (1976) and Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas (2003)

He taught at the Experiment in Higher Education (Southern Illinois University-East St. Louis) where his colleagues included Henry Dumas, Joyce Ladner, and Katherine Dunham. He has authored six volumes of poetry and has edited many more. 

Since 1968 when he became literary executor of the Dumas estate, Redmond has edited several volumes of prose and poetry by the late writer.

Source: http://www.siue.edu/ENGLISH/Directory/redmond.html

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Panel on Literary Criticism

26 March 2010

 National Black Writers Conference

Patrick Oliver, Kalamu ya Salaam, Dorothea Smartt, Frank Wilderson discuss the use of literature to promote political causes and instigate change and transformation.  The event is at the Medgar Evers College at the City University of New York. C-Span Archives

Panel on Politics and Satire

26 March 2010

 National Black Writers Conference

Herb Boyd, Thomas Bradshaw, Charles Edison and Major Owens discuss how current events are reflected in the writings of African Americans.  The event is at the Medgar Evers College at the City University of New York. C-Span Archives

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