Amiri Baraka (1934-2014) was the founder and editor of the literary journals
Kulchur. An outspoken public intellectual, he was the author of poetry, plays, novels, and essays. The collection consists of poetry
manuscripts and correspondence submitted to Baraka while editor of
Yugen. Some material relates to
Amiri Baraka was born Everett LeRoi Jones on October 7, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University and graduated
from Howard University. After some graduate study in New York City, he joined the U.S. Air Force. Upon his discharge he returned
to New York and took up writing poetry in earnest. To distribute the work of other poets as well, he and his wife, Hettie
Cohen, founded Totem Press and the literary journal
Yugen. With the poet Diana di Prima, he also founded the journal
Kulchur. Always politically active, throughout the 1960s, he became more radical and embraced Black nationalism. Later, he distanced
himself from Black nationalism to adopt a more globalistic Communism. For the rest of his life, he would be known as much
for his controversial political views as for his poetry. Baraka died on January 9, 2014 in the city of his birth.
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