Discover poetry from five poets of the Harlem Renaissance at the National Poetry Library's autumn book club, marking Black History Month.
The Harlem Renaissance was an intellectual, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York, and spanned the 1920s. The movement was considered to be a rebirth of African-American arts.
Join National Poetry Library librarians to discuss the work of five poets who came into their own during this period in the face of prejudice and discrimination: Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Helene Johnson and Claude McKay.
‘With a lyricism seated in the popular blues and jazz music of the time, an awareness of black life in America, its assertion of an independent African American identity, and its innovation in form and structure, the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance is unmistakable.’
(Academy of American Poets)