Contemporary American Ethnic Poets: Lives, Works, Sources

Contemporary American Ethnic Poets: Lives, Works, Sources

by Linda Cullum


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Until recently, many of America's ethnic poets remained underrepresented in classrooms and literary anthologies. This volume, celebrating the lives and works of 75 significant poets, testifies to the power of poetry to change perspectives. These poets produce works that display the range of human experiences and expression, with an added element of intensity from being both American and ethnic. This book presents the lives and literary contributions of famous and unfamiliar poets alike. Offering concise personal and professional information, including awards, coverage includes such poets as Maya Angelou, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Rita Dove, Gary Soto, Pat Mora, Derek Walcott, and more. Readers are also introduced to the major works and thematic concerns of such lesser-known poets as Luci Tapahonso, Li-Young Lee, and Jimmy Santiago Baca. A dozen different ethnic backgrounds are represented, including Asian American, African American, Jewish American, American Indian, Latino/a, and Palestinian American. Full bibliographic information following each entry will help users locate the collections and anthologies where the cited poems can easily be found.

Instead of having to turn to a number of different sources for information on diverse poets, users will find here a wealth of information to satisfy their individual needs and interests. Introduced with an inspiring essay on multi-cultural poetry, this multi-use guide follows standard A-to-Z reference format for direct access to all biographical and bibliographic content. Set up to aid librarians and educators, additional components allow users to search for information in a number of different ways. Readers interested in poets of a particular ethnicity will find two helpful guides: an appendix listing poets by ethnic background and a supplementary list of additional poets, not covered in the text, also organized by ethnicity. For student assignments, a thematic guide identifies which poets have written about important topics such as ancestry, nature, family, lesbianism, immigration, and internment. Whether used a collection development tool or a research guide, this valuable reference will earn its place on the reference shelf.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313324840
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2004
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Linda Cullum is assistant professor of English and director of the University Writing Center at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cullum is coeditor, with Lynne Alvine, of Breaking the Cycle: Gender, Literacy, and Learning (Heinemann 1999). She is also the author of a number of articles on issues such as Native American Poetry, identity politics in the composition classroom, service learning, and teaching special needs students.

Table of Contents



Marjorie Agosin

Jack Agueros


Sherman Alexie

Paula Gunn Allen

Julia Alvarez

Maya Angelou

Gloria Anzaldua

Jimmy Santiago Baca

Imamu Amiri Barake

Beth Brant

Gwendolyn Brooks

Joseph Bruchac

Nick Carbo

Lorna Dee Cervantes

Diana Chang

Marilyn Chin

Sandra Cisneros

Lucille Clifton

Judith Ortiz Cofer

Wanda Coleman

Victor Hernandez Cruz

Enid Dame

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Rita Dove

Martin Espada

Mari Evans

Dana Gioia

Nikki Giovanni

Diane Glancy

Eamon Grennan

Jessica Hagedorn

Suheir Hammad

Joy Harjo

Linda Hogan

Garrett Hongo

Lawson Fusao Inada

June Jordan

Maurice Kenny

Galway Kinnell

Irena Klepfisz

Etheridge Knight

Yusef Komunyakaa

Tato Laviera

Li-Young Lee

Shirley Geok-Lin Lim

James Matseo

Czeslaw Milosz

Janice Mirikitari

N. Scott Momoday

Paul Muldoon

Pat Mora

David Mura

Marilyn Nelson

Duane Niatum

Naomi Shihab Nye

Simon J. Ortiz

Linda Pastan

Marge Piercy

Leroy V. Quintana

Ishmael Reed

Alberto Rios

Wendy Rose

Sonia Sanchez

Leslie Marmon Silko

Charles Simic

Cathy Song

Gary Soto

Gerald Stern

Mary TallMountain

Luci Tapahonso

Quincy Troupe

Jose Garcia Villa

Derek Walcott

Mitsuye Yamada

Poets by Ethnic Group

Thematic Index


About the Contributors

Photograph Index and Credits

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