American Poets – Part 1

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!

Maya Angelou

  • 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

Langston Hughes

  • 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
April marks National Poetry Month! Throughout this month we will share information about some of the varying poetry styles practiced today and a little bit about their history. The purpose of the month is to increase the awareness and appreciation of poetry, and maybe help a few people find their inner poet talent.

About nclbph

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