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Tag Archives: 1954

Langston Hughes’ Boyhood Home Undergoes Complete Renovation In Cleveland

Courtesy of Sherry M. Callahan/Howard Hanna. The wood-frame Cleveland house where Langston Hughes once scribbled teenaged insights is back from the brink. Four years ago its back door flapped open and its copper fixtures had been pilfered by thieves, leaving ugly holes in the walls. Today, it is renovated, and ready for its new owner, an aspiring writer from Lyndhurst. Perhaps the 3-bedroom home’s proximity to long-ago greatness will bring him luck. Langston Hughes was just 15 in 1917 when he rented the attic room on E. 86th St. His mother and stepfather had moved away, and Langston was doing well at Cleveland’s prestigious Central High School. He had started to write poems. “The only thing I knew how to cook myself in the kitchen of the house where I roomed was rice, which I... Read More →

VIDEO: Literary Birthday Celebration For Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes would have turned 100 this year and in a fitting tribute to his life and literary contributions, the Library of Congress selected two poets—Dolores Kendrick and Evie Shockley—to read selections of his work and discuss Hughes' influence on their own writing. Take a look.  Read More →

VIDEO: Poetry Readings Of Langston Hughes’ Work

We're continuing our look back at Langston Hughes this week by featuring some audio of his work. Listening to his works (particularly the second and third, which Hughes reads himself) evokes different reactions than reading them - take a listen and let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below.  "The Dream Keeper + Dreams" "A Negro Speaks Of Rivers" (Here Langston Hughes reads his own work) "I, Too" (Here Langston Hughes reads his own work) Read More →

Get To Know…Langston Hughes

Each week, we’ll be helping you to get to know our winners better (what a great bunch they are) and highlighting the best of their work, interviews and essays. This week we're highlighting Langston Hughes, 1954 winner for fiction.  This mini-bio of Langston Hughes talks about his prolific writing career and how he was one of the first African American writers to support himself solely through his work:  Read More →

6 Quotes From Your Favorite Authors

Ernest J. Gaines‎Because it is more appealing to hear from the authors themselves, we've rounded up some of the best quotes we've heard this year (even if they're a bit older) from some of our distinguished Anisfield-Wolf Award winners. Enjoy!  "I want you to show them the difference between what they think you are and what you can be." — Ernest J. Gaines, A Lesson Before Dying ‎"At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough." — Toni Morrison ‎"Art, after all, is - at its best - a lie that tells us the truth." — Nam Le ‎"Poetry is what you find / in the dirt in the corner, / overhear on the bus, God / in the details, the only way / to get from here to there."  — Elizabeth Alexander, Ars... Read More →
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