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Tag Archives: Langston Hughes

88 Books That Shaped America (According To The Library Of Congress)

No, it's not a "best books of all-time" list, but the list assembled by the Library of Congress, to celebrate the works that most define our nation's history, is pretty close. There's some stand-outs, like Thomas Paine's Common Sense and Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. But the list particularly caught our eye because there are several Anisfield-Wolf winners on the list—and we're thrilled. Check out who made the cut. Descriptions are pulled from the Library of Congress website:  Langston Hughes, "The Weary Blues" (1925) Langston Hughes was one of the greatest poets of the Harlem Renaissance, a literary and intellectual flowering that fostered a new black cultural identity in the 1920s and 1930s. His poem "The Weary Blues," also the title of this poetry collection, won first prize in a... 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 →

VIDEO: Edwidge Danticat Honored With Langston Hughes Medal At City College Of New York

2005 Anisfield-Wolf Award winner Edwidge Danticat gets emotional after receiving the Langston Hughes medal at the 2011 Langston Hughes Festival, celebrating writers from the African diaspora. Past winners of the Langston Hughes medal include Paule Marshall, Toni Morrison, Ralph W. Ellison, August Wilson, and Derek Walcott—all Anisfield-Wolf Award winners as well! As Danticat said during her emotional acceptance speech, "My life, for reasons that only the universe fully understands has been one in which I always feel I am walking in the footsteps and on the shoulders of giants." Congratulations to Ms. Danticat for a well-deserved honor! In the video below she talks about the history and the power of storytelling in Haitian culture and talks about her new book, "Create Dangerously: The... Read More →

Chairing the Jury

Chairing the jury for the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards is one of the single pleasures of my life. The thought that a poet – a white, female poet – had the foresight to endow a prize to honor excellence and diversity, at the height of the Great Depression, is something of a miracle, isn't it? And in a few days, we will honor her commitment to racial equality and justice by recognizing this year's winners of her prize, the 76th such occasion. It is humbling to thumb through the names of previous winners, including Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, and three Nobel laureates, Wole Soyinka, Toni Morrison, and Derek Walcott. God bless Edith Anisfield Wolf, and the Cleveland Foundation for so judiciously protecting her legacy. Read More →
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