Events / Poet of the People: The Greatness of Langston Hughes

Poet of the People: The Greatness of Langston Hughes

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Presented in partnership with the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers; the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research; Washington University in St. Louis; and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

One hundred years ago Langston Hughes published his now-famous first poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” In the decades that followed, as both a longtime resident of Harlem and a cosmopolitan world traveler, Hughes wrote of Black life in masterful, deceptively simple poems and prose that made him one of the most popular and influential writers of the twentieth century.

Join Brent Hayes Edwards, director of the Schomburg Center’s Scholars-in-Residence Program, and professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and Rafia Zafar, Professor of African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and editor of Library of America’s two-volume collection of Harlem Renaissance novels, for a conversation about Hughes’s greatness and about his centrality for American literature and the culture of the global African diaspora. Featuring readings by poets Kevin Young and Tyehimba Jess.

There will be a brief Q&A at the end of the program; you will be able to type a question and submit it to the event moderator.

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