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By Marcus B. Christian

Edited by Rudolph Lewis & Amin Sharif



Letter & Comments from 

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

& Louisiana Cultural Vistas



Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

225 Baronne Street, Suite 1414

New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-1782


12 October 1999

Rudolph Lewis

13219 Kientz Road

Jarratt, VA 23867


Dear Rudolph:

I have enclosed two copies of the newly-published Fall issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas. You will find Marcus Christian's poetry on page 90. I hope the layout pleases you; many thanks my friend.

This magazine could not exist without the generous contributions of writers, artists, photographers, and organizations like yourself. We owe you a debt of gratitude for allowing us to publish your work.

Louisiana Cultural Vistas has become Louisiana's premier magazine for history, culture, literature, art, and music. I hope you share my pride in the magazine and in this issue in particular. Thank you.

If you would like additional copies we can provide them at a wholesale rate of $2,00 a piece for five or more, plus shipping (if necessary). Also, if possible, would you mind sending along these two extra copies of Louisiana Cultural Vistas to Amin Sharif; we were not able to locate his address. Again, thank you.


Michael Sartisky, Ph.D.

President/Executive Director

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Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

Reviews I Am New Orleans & Other Poems by Marcus B. Christian

It is a happy occasion indeed that has brought Xavier Review Press Occasional Publications to produce the ninth number in the series, I AM NEW ORLEANS & OTHER POEMS [BY MARCUS B. CHRISTIAN], a selection of 50 poems by new Orleans poet Marcus Christian (1900-1976). Christian's papers, including more than 1,700 hand and typewritten pages of poetry are housed in the Special Collection of the Earl K. Long Library at the University of New Orleans, which holds the copyright to the material. 

[Actually, the Archives owns the physical material but not a copyright on the intellectual material itself. The conditions of the gift was that the material should be in the public domain. RL]

The book, edited by Rudolph Lewis and Amin Sharif, with an illuminating introduction by Lewis, reveals a poet old-fashioned in formal terms, but thoroughly modern in his concerns, among which the most prominent seem to be multifaceted issues of race and of romantic love. Christian was head of the black writers component of the Federal Writer's Project in Louisiana in Louisiana from the late 1930's until the early 40s. 

[Actually, Christian was the 2nd head, after Lawrence Reddicks resigned. Lyle Saxon, head of the Louisian FWP, I believe, found Christian more pliable than the more formally educated Reddicks. RL]

He was a writer-in-residence (and a pioneering teacher of black history) at UNO the last seven years of his life.Ralph Adamo, poetry editor, Fall 1999 Louisiana Cultural Vistas


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13219 Kientz Road

Jarratt, VA 23867

October 27, 1999

Ralph Adamo

Office of Communication

Dillard University

2601 Gentilly Boulevard

New Orleans, LA 70122-3097

Dear Ralph:

First, I would like to thank you for your kind review in Louisiana Cultural Vistas. What you are doing will go a long way to establish Christian in the canon of African American authors. And that's what we're really after, assuring that a New Orleans writer gets his due on the national stage.

Of course, you have my permission to use part of the Introduction for I AM NEW ORLEANS (Xavier Review Press, 1999). Tom Bonner said he talked with you and that you all agreed that you could use up to a third of that Introduction. I do hope this limitation does not create major difficulties for your project. I look forward to your piece in Dillard Today. Please send me a copy.

I enjoyed thoroughly our talk today. Thanks for all your tips on how I might return to new Orleans for further research on Christian. I am already deeply indebted to you. If i may be of further service to you, call on me any time.

I enclosed a poem I wrote after the July ALA conference I attended in New Orleans, called "Ode to a Magic City." It was a long train trip, but wonderful. I also enclosed a brief vita.

Sincerely yours,

Rudolph Lewis

posted 20 August 2005

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