1st Annual ARTS Reunion at ODU: September 25-29, 1978


Michael S. Harper, 1st Annual Arts Reunion

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Webb Center, Rooms 148-150

Author/Artist Bio

Michael S. Harper teaches at Brown University. He is the editor of Heartblow: Black Veils, an anthology of black poetry. His own volumes of poetry include Dear John, Dear Coltrane, Debridgement, Song: I Want a Witness, History as Apple Tree, History is Your Own Heartbeat, Nightmare Begins Responsibility, and Images of Kin. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1976.


Reading by Michael S. Harper and Discussion of the Black Writer in America: Michael S. Harper, noted poet and editor, read from his own works. After Harper's reading, a well-informed panel, which included Mr. Harper, Margaret Simmons (Hampton Institute), William Carroll (Norfolk State), and the prominent scholar Blyden Jackson (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), discussed the rage and glory of the black writer today. The reading and discussion occurred at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, September 25, 1978 in Webb Center, Rooms 148-150.


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