Black History Month: August Wilson

August Wilson (1945 to 2005), playwright. It’s hard to find enough superlatives to described what Wilson has added to American theater with his 10 plays chronicling the black experience in the 20th century: * 1900s – Gem of the Ocean (2003) * 1910s – Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1984) * 1920s – Ma Rainey’sContinue reading “Black History Month: August Wilson”

Black History Month: Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks, poet, 1917 to 2000. I don’t remember the first time I read a Gwendolyn Brooks poem, either in grade school or high school. But the notion of what poetry is — or can be — has always been informed (at least for me) by the spareness, wit, grace, live-fast-and-die-young mentality of the subjectContinue reading “Black History Month: Gwendolyn Brooks”

Black History Month: “The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano”

In recognition of Black History Month, the Books Blog will highlight important books, plays, poems and contributors to the African-American literary tradition. Of course, a month isn’t long enough, and there is no reason why this will end with this month. But it is a good excuse to highlight important works that help define notContinue reading “Black History Month: “The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano””

Celebrate Black History Month: Poetry Reading

On Thursday, February 15 at 7:00PM Albany Poets and The Sage Colleges will again come together to present an evening of Black history-inspired poetry at the Opalka Gallery Lecture Hall featuring The Poet Essence and others from Albany Poets and the Sage College community. This event is free to the public from 7:00 – 9:00PM.Continue reading “Celebrate Black History Month: Poetry Reading”

Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and the Times Union Books Blog will be celebrating by highlighting one book each day from the rich African-American literary tradition. From slave narratives to the latest best-seller from Eric Jerome Dickey, and with plenty of essays, poems and novels in between … from writers like Frederick Douglass, Gwendolyn Brooks,Continue reading “Celebrate Black History Month”