Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award: Haki R. Madhubuti

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Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award: Haki R. Madhubuti


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It is a pleasure to read news from Third World Press that poet, essayist, publisher, author and educator Haki R. Madhubuti is one of three recipients of the 2014 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. This award celebrates authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community. Nominations are solicited from past winners, other prominent writers, members of the publishing community, and Poets & Writers' board and staff. These nominations are reviewed and winners selected by a committee comprised of current and past members of the Board of Directors. Also recognized this year for their work with writers and the literary community are Joyce Carol Oates and Ian Frazier. The Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards along with the Editor's Award were presented at the Poets & Writers' annual dinner, In Celebration of Writers, on March 11, 2014, in New York City.

Haki R. Madhubuti is a leading cultural icon, and one of the architects of the Black Arts Movement (1965-1976). As a publisher, editor and educator he has been a pivotal figure in the development of a strong Black literary tradition and a proponent of independent African centered institutions, he is a founder and chairman of the board of the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. He founded Third World Press (1967), the Institute of Positive Education/New Concept School (1969), and is co-founded of the Betty Shabazz International Charter School (1998), the Barbara A. Sizemore Middle School (2005), and the DuSable Leadership Academy (2005), all in Chicago, Illinois.

He is the author of more than thirty books, including From Plan to Planet-Life Skills: The Need for African Minds and Institutions (1973), Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous?: The Afrikan American Family in Transition (1990), which has sold more than one million copies, and his poems and essays have been widely anthologized. Selected titles of his work include: Don't Cry, Scream! (1969), Tough Notes: A Healing Call For Creating Exceptional Black Men (2002), and Run Toward Fear (2004). His poetry and essays were published in more than 75 anthologies from 1997 to 2010. His recent releases are Yellow Black: The First Twenty-One Years of a Poet's Life, A Memoir (2006), Liberation Narratives: New and Collected Poems 1966-2009 (2009), Honoring Genius: Gwendolyn Brooks: The Narrative of Craft, Art, Kindness and Justice (2011), co-editor of By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X: Real, Not Reinvented (2012), and one of the few poets from the Black Arts Movement included in The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry edited by poet Rita Dove (Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1987). And additionally, book-length critical studies on Madhubuti's literary works include Malcolm X and the Poetics of Haki Madhubuti and Art of Work: The Art and Life of Haki R. Madhubuti.

Madhubuti was selected to receive the Writers for Writers Award by the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award (2014) in recognition of his efforts to expand opportunities for African American writers. …

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