Sterling A. Brown (1901-1989)

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Sterling A. Brown (May 1, 1901 - January 13, 1989) published three volumes of poetry: Southern Road (1932), The Last Ride of Wild Bill and Eleven Narrative Poems (1975), and The Collected Poems of Sterling Brown (1980). He also edited several notable anthologies such as The Negro Caravan (1941) and Negro Poetry and Drama (1937). He taught at Howard University, and served as Editor on Negro Affairs for the Federal Writers Project during the Great Depression.

Brown was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and honorary degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Howard University, Northwestern University, Williams College, Boston University, Brown University, and Lewis and Clark College, and was the first Poet Laureate of Washington, D.C. Brown admired Southern black culture, as his poetry shows in its exploration of that social realm. Beltway Poetry Quarterly: DC Writers’ Homes:

written by Word Works intern Monica Root, September 2013; edited by Kim Roberts, January 2016.

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