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Dolores Kendrick
Nacionalidad:
Estados Unidos
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Biografia
We are
flesh and blood
steel and skin
struggling within
a linear light
toward one heartbeat
that forges
a sacred space
an entrance
to our fragile
dreams that rise
upon a muscle
of memory
and wind.

Biography:
Dolores Kendrick

Native Washingtonian Dolores Kendrick was appointed Poet Laureate of the District of Columbia on May 14, 1999. Kendrick is the second person honored with the title, following Sterling Brown, who was appointed in 1984.

Kendrick, daughter of Josephine and Ike Kendrick [founder of The Capital Spotlight newspaper], is the author of the award-winning poetry book The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women, published in 1989. In 1996, a CD of music inspired by The Women of Plums was released, and Kendrick adapted the book for theatrical performance in Cleveland, and at the Kennedy Center. The adaptation won the New York New Playwrights Award in 1997.

In the 1990s she was invited by the Peoples Republic of China to teach the works of James Baldwin, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, and her own work at the Shanghai School of Foreign Languages.

Kendrick's other books are Through the Ceiling and Now Is the Thing to Praise. The Library of Congress has recorded her poetry for its Contemporary Poets series. Her CD, The Color of Dusk, in collaboration with composer Wall Matthews and vocalist Aleta Greene, won rave reviews from music critics nationally.

Kendrick's rich history of poetic contributions to local and national publications has earned her numerous awards and honors, including a National Endowment for the Arts Award, the George Kent Award for Literature, the prestigious Anisfield-Wolf Award. She has received two Yaddo Fellowships and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship. She was the first Vira I. Heinz Professor Emerita at Phillips Exeter Academy. Chicago State University has inducted Kendrick into the International Literary Hall of Fame for writers of African-American descent, an honor sponsored by the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing.

Her new book Why the Woman is Singing on the Corner was selected by poet and critic Grace Cavalieri as one of the five best books of poetry of 2001. She was one of the selected poets invited to the National Book Festival, sponsored by Laura Bush, celebrated at the White House and the Library of Congress in September 2001. In July of 2002 she was given a special Fulbright Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Education and Literature. She has been selected to be honored by the National Visionary Leadership Project, which celebrates African-Americans who have made outstanding contributions to art and public life. On September 11, of 2002 a celebration of her work appeared on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.

In May of 2004, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters degree upon giving the commencement address at St. Bonaventure University at Bonaventure, NY. Ms. Kendrick was also one of the original designers and teachers at the School Without Walls, a high school in Washington, DC.

For Ms. Kendrick's thoughts on writing poetry view The Basic Mandates of Poetry or download Advice to Young Poets*. Please call Ebony Blanks at [202] 724-5613 to have a copy mailed out.

 

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