In conjunction with the Library's exhibition Black Man Abroad: The Poetic Life of James A. Emanuel, writer Jake Lamar and other guests will gather for an evening of poetry reading, music, and discussion. Poems will be selected from many of Emanuel's books including Deadly James, Panther Man, Jazz From the Haiku King and Black Man Abroad: The Toulouse Poems.
James A. Emanuel was one of America's greatest poets and academic scholars. Often overlooked, Emanuel's fame did not equal the enormous output of his work. He published 400 poems and 13 volumes of poetry, including The Force and the Reckoning, an autobiography. He was a well-respected teacher who influenced an entire generation of students and poets.
Recording of James A. Emanuel reading "Jazzanatomy, Jazzroads and Jazzactions"
Jake Lamar reads "The Negro"
Marcus Bruce reads an excerpt of Michel Fabre’s introduction about James A. Emanuel
Monique Wells reads "A Negro Author"
Wendy Johnson reads "Get Up, Blues"
Ariane Crochet reads "Mysteries, I"
Mike Ladd reads "Emmett Till"
Jake Lamar reads "Deadly James"
Recording of James A. Emanuel reading "The Middle Passage Blues"
The program will end with an open microphone for others who wish to read other poems by James A. Emanuel, play music, or to offer a personal tribute.