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September 01, 2022
8.0 X 8.0 X 0.31 inches | 0.53 pounds
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About the Author
Oklahoma Black poet, Josie Craig Berry, published her first (extant) poem in 1918, when she was 29. She also wrote a weekly literary column for Oklahoma City's The Black Dispatch newspaper from 1937-1941. Berry continued writing poetry as late as 1975, when she was 87 years old. This is the first collection of Berry's poetry, a poetry that agitates for civil rights, insists on the dignity of Black people, comments on contemporaneous events, and explores the culture and landscape of Oklahoma. The Collected Poems of Josie Craig Berry includes a biographical introduction and an annotated bibliography. With this collection, Josie Craig Berry will be recognized as an accomplished poet, a public intellectual, a literary powerhouse, and a woman whose contributions to Black literature and Oklahoma literature are immeasurable.
Jeanetta Calhoun Mish served as Oklahoma State Poet Laureate from 2017-2020 and, in 2019, she was awarded a Poets Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. Her recent books are a poetry collection, What I Learned at the War, and Oklahomeland: Essays. Dr. Mish is a faculty mentor for The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA @ Oklahoma City University.