Since the publication of his first book of poems in 1990, An African Awakening, Ewuare X. Osayande has used his poetry in service to social justice and cultural liberation. With his poetry, Osayande weaves in words the freedom ambitions of oppressed commuitites even as he chronicles the work of justice and liberation movements here and around the world. In addition to the books featured here, Osayande’s work has been included in numerous anthologies including Dance the Guns to Silence: 100 Poems for Ken Saro-Wiwa and What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation.
Among Osayande’s accomplishments as a poet include being honored as the first poet to have a symposium on his body of work by The Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought at Temple University in 2005. In 2008 Osayande received the Vanguard’s Writers Award from the Walt Whitman Arts Center in Camden, NJ.
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Haki R. Madhubuti, Poet
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