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Literary Birthday Celebration: Langston Hughes

Poets Dolores Kendrick and Evie Shockley celebrate the birthday of American poet Langston Hughes by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing. Speaker Biography: Dolores Kendrick is poet laureate of the District of Columbia. She is the author of the award-winning "The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women," as well as "Why the Woman Is Singing on the Corner: A Verse Narrative," a collection of poems on homeless women. Kendrick has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the George Kent Award for Literature; she is the first Vira I. Heinz professor emerita at Phillips Exeter Academy. Speaker Biography: Evie Shockley is the author of two books of poetry, "the new black" and "a half-red sea" (Carolina Wren Press, 2006), and two chapbooks, "31 words * prose poems" and "The Gorgon Goddess." For captions, transcript, and more information visit
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