Continuing to observe National Poetry Month, I wanted to mention a few famous poets and their styles and what works we have in our collection!
- Born as Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri
- She got her name “Maya” from her brother
- She moved to New York to focus on her writing career and joined the Harlem Writers Guild in 1959
- Throughout all of her travels across America and Ghana, her final home was in Winston-Salem, NC
- Her writings revolved around topics such as love, pain of loss, racism, dancing and struggling
Some of her works in our collection
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings DB057200
- Mom & Me & Mom DB076616
- Maya Angelou: Poems DB028181
- Born in February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri
- He began writing in high school. He wrote for his school newspaper, he also wrote poems, short stories and plays.
- He attended Columbia University until 1922 when he left due to racial prejudice.
- He was considered to be a leader of the Harlem Renaissance
- His works covered lives of the working class black Americans, racial pride, the joy, the struggles and the diverse culture.
Some of his works in our collection
- The Return of Simple DB040407
- The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes DB041265