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The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown

The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown

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This author will be appearing at the Schomburg Center Literary Festival, Virtual Edition: 9/21-9/26


Sterling A. Brown was renowned for his prolific poetry and scholarship on African American folklife. A contemporary of Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and Jean Toomer and the first poet laureate of the District of Columbia, Brown gained acclaim for blues, jazz, and southern folklore. His celebrated works, including Southern Road, are collages of narrative and dialect expressing an unflinching poetic voice.
Edited by the late distinguished poet Michael S. Harper, this new edition includes a foreword by award-winning poet Cornelius Eady and introductory texts by James Weldon Johnson and Sterling Stuckey. The result is a tour de force by one of the most distinctive poets in American letters.    



STERLING A. BROWN (1901–1989) was one of the most important and influential figures in the development of African American literature and criticism in the twentieth century. Born in Washington, D.C., he became not only a poet but a folklorist, anthologist, critic, and reviewer. Brown was a professor at Howard University for forty years. 
MICHAEL S. HARPER (1938–2016) was a celebrated poet and professor. The first poet laureate of Rhode Island, he taught at Brown University from 1970 to 2013.
CORNELIUS EADY is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Hardheaded Weather and The Gathering of My Name. He is the cofounder of Cave Canem.



  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Triquarterly; New edition edition (July 15, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810142384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810142381
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches