James Emanuel (1921-2013)

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JAMES EMANUEL: 1921-2013 Remembering James Emanuel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWHWm3iiFZQR

JAMES EMANUEL (1921-2013) I learned today the writer James Emanuel recently died in France. I spoke with a reporter about his work. Emanuel's anthology Dark Symphony was a popular book on African American literature back in the late Sixties and early Seventies. I consulted it numerous times while studying at Howard University. A number of years ago Emanuel and I exchanged a few letters. I was able to encourage him to send a few of his jazz and blues haiku to the African American Review. Below is a link to bio information about another elder who has departed from us. May his soul rest in peace.


posted by Ethelbert Miller October 2013


James Emanuel (June 15, 1921 – September 28, 2013) is the author of 13 books of poems, including Whole Grain: Collected Poems, 1958–1989 (Lotus Press, 1989), a memoir, The Force and the Reckoning (Lotus Press, 2001), and he co-edited with Theodore Gross the highly-acclaimed anthology Dark Symphony: Negro Literature in America (Free Press, 1968). Emanuel was educated at Howard University, New York University, and Columbia University, earning a PhD from the latter. He taught at the City College of New York, the University of Toulouse, the University of Grenoble, and the University of Warsaw.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly: http://www.beltwaypoetry.com/poetry/poets/names/emanuel-james/

Submitted by Kim Roberts, October 2014

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