Larry Neal (1937-1981)

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Larry Neal (September 5, 1937 - January 6, 1981) taught at City College of New York, Wesleyan University, and Yale University, and co-founded the Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School with Amiri Baraka. He is the author of two books of poems, Black Boogaloo (1969) and Hoodoo Hollerin’ Bebop Ghosts (1974), as well as several plays, including The Glorious Monster in the Bell of the Horn (1979) and In an Upstate Motel (1980). Neal was co-editor, with Baraka, of the journal Liberator and the landmark anthology Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing (1968). A collection of his essays and other work, Visions of a Liberated Future, was published posthumously in 1989. Neal lived in DC from 1976 to 1979. He died of a heart attack at age 43 in 1981.

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Submitted by Kim Roberts, October 2014

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