June Jordan, 19th Annual ODU Literary Festival


June Jordan

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center

Author/Artist Bio

June Jordan, poet, essayist and political activist, is the recipient of the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Writers Award in 1995. The author of several award-winning books she has, to date, published 23 books and is the most published African-American writer in history. Her newest titles, June Jordan’s Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint, 1995, Technical Difficulties, 1992 and I was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky, 1995 appeared to both critical and popular acclaim. Her commentary has appeared in the New York Times, Essence, The Nation, and MS; and she is a regular political columnist for The Progressive. Jordan is currently Professor of African American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. She has been Professor of English at more than seven North American universities and colleges, including Sarah Lawrence, City College and Yale University.


Jordan read on Saturday, October 12, at the Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center in Norfolk, Virginia at 8:15 p.m.

June Jordan also participated in a Panel Event " The Poetics of Revolution: Fighting America's Invisible Censors" on Saturday, October 12, 1996 at 1:30pm at Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center. Other panelists included Denise Duhamel; Jessica Hagedon; Anthony Vigil. The panel was moderated by Tim Seibles.


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