Imamu Amiri Baraka (1934- ) was the founder and editor of
Yugen magazine and Totem Press (1958), founder and director of the Black Arts Repertory Theatre (1964-66), director of Spirit House,
co-founder and chairman of the Congress of African People, and author of poetry, plays, novels and essays. The collection
consists of poetry manuscripts submitted to Baraka while editor of
Yugen and correspondence. Some material relates to
Baraka was born Everett LeRoi Jones on October 7, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey; attended Rutgers University, 1951-52; BA, Howard
University, 1954; MA in philosophy, Columbia University; MA in German literature, the New School for Social Research; founder
and editor of Yugen magazine and Totem Press, 1958; instructor, New School for Social Research, 1961-64; associate professor, 1983-85, then professor
of Afro-American studies at SUNY Stony Brook; founder and director, Black Arts Repertory Theatre, 1964-66, and director of
Spirit House, a black community theater; co-founder and chairman of the Congress of African People; author of poetry, plays,
novels, and essays including: Preface to a twenty volume suicide note (1961), Blues people: Negro music in white America (1963), Dutchman (1964), Home: social essays (1966), and Daggers and javelins: Essays, 1974-1979 (1984).
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