Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (Paperback)

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By Alexs Pate (Editor), Pamela Fletcher (Editor), J. Otis Powell! (Editor), Davida Adedjouma (Contributions by), Louis Alemayehu (Contributions by), E.G. Bailey (Contributions by), Conrad Balfour (Contributions by), Lloyd Brown (Contributions by), Philip Bryant (Contributions by), Sh√° Cage (Contributions by), Laurie Carlos (Contributions by), Gabrielle Civil (Contributions by), Taiyon Coleman (Contributions by), Kyra Crawford-Calvert (Contributions by), Mary Moore Easter (Contributions by), Evelyn Fairbanks (Contributions by), Shannon Gibney (Contributions by), Taylor Gordon (Contributions by), David Grant (Contributions by), Craig Green (Contributions by), Libby Green (Contributions by), David Haynes (Contributions by), Kofi Bobby Hickman (Contributions by), Kim Hines (Contributions by), Carolyn Holbrook (Contributions by), Steven Holbrook (Contributions by), Kemet Imhotep (Contributions by), Andrea Jenkins (Contributions by), Nellie Stone Johnson (Contributions by), Tish Jones (Contributions by), Etheridge Knight (Contributions by), Arleta Little (Contributions by), Roy McBride (Contributions by), Gordon Parks (Contributions by), G.E. Patterson (Contributions by), Anthony Porter (Contributions by), Louis Porter, II (Contributions by), Rohan Preston (Contributions by), Ralph Remington (Contributions by), Angela Shannon (Contributions by), Susan J. Smith-Grier (Contributions by), Clarence White (Contributions by), Frank B. Wilderson, III (Contributions by)
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A rich Minnesota literary tradition is brought into the spotlight in this groundbreaking collection of incisive prose and powerful poetry by forty- three black writers who educate, inspire, and reveal the unabashed truth. Historically significant figures tell their stories, demonstrating how much and how little conditions have changed: Gordon Parks hitchhikes to Bemidji,Taylor Gordon describes his first day as a chauffeur in St. Paul, and Nellie Stone Johnson insists on escaping the farm for high school in Minneapolis. A profusionof modern voices— poet Tish Jones, playwright Kim Hines, and memoirist Frank Wilderson— reflect the dizzying, complex realities of the present. Showcasing the unique vision and reality of Minnesota’s African American community from the Harlem renaissance through the civil rights movement, from the black power movement to the era of hip- hop and the time of America’s first black president, this compelling anthology provides an explosion of artistic expression about what it means to be a Minnesotan.

Alexs Pate, an award-winning novelist, playwright, and writing professor, is the president of Innocent Technologies, LLC. Pamela R. Fletcher, associate professor of English at St. Catherine University, has published works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. J. Otis Powell! is a poet, performance artist, and curator working in an aesthetic rooted in Afrocentric lore and culture.

Co-published with the Minnesota Humanities Center
Product Details
ISBN: 9780873519731
ISBN-10: 0873519736
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication Date: February 1st, 2015
Pages: 304
Language: English