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New Collection Spans 50-Year Literary Career.
The eagerly-anticipated final collection by Everett Hoagland, winner of the 2023 American Book Award. Hoagland was the first poet laureate of New Bedford, Massachusetts. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He received the 2023 Stephen Henderson Award “For Outstanding Achievement In Poetry” from the American Literature Association’s African American Literature and Culture Society.
Poetry. African & African American Studies.
"The passion of Everett Hoagland's social and historical consciousness match the skill of his lyrical command and the brilliance of his imagination."
"Everett Hoagland's ... is ... substantial poetry ... I commend the essential bravery of Hoagland's work, which connects the intimate and personal to the vastness of a historic and global outrage ... This is self-knowledge on an epic scale. All of us, regardless of our origins, would do well to come to grips with the long shadows of our own histories."
"(Hoagland's) poetry is as much for the ear as for the eye, as much for the stage as for the page ... While tones, diction, geography and subject vary, there is in (his) language the ring of the Beats, Black Mountain music, consciousness streaming, and rhyming in rapper style, the breath of the spoken poem, a speech that reveals a vast compassion."
—Walter Hess, American Book Review
Hoagland was New Bedford, Massachusetts' first Poet Laureate and is Emeritus Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where he created and sustained five black literature courses in addition to poetry workshops. His awards include two Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowships, the Gwendolyn Brooks Award and the 2015 Langston Hughes Society Award. He is the winner of the 2023 American Book Award.