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”