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Patricia Spears Jones on Black Feminist Poets

Recently, Patricia Spears Jones, BEI Emeritus Fellow, was featured in an article in Poets & Writers about “Black Feminist Poets and the death of Tony Hoagland”.

“We need to think about power just a bit differently. What happens when we have that power — when our ideas, our programs, our voices are central to the discourse, not adjacent or alternative to?” Patricia Spears Jones discusses the importance of turning to Black women poets like Pauli Murray, Audre Lorde, and June Jordan in dark times. (Electric Literature)”

Poet Tony Hoagland has died. The author of eight books of poetry and two essay collections, Hoagland received a James Laughlin Award and the Jackson Poetry Prize, was a finalist for a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award, and received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He taught creative writing at the University of Houston and in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College. He was sixty-four. (Poetry Foundation)

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