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Visiting Writers Series announces event with Haki R. Madhubuti

Closeup of Haki R. Madhubuti
Haki R. Madhubuti

Haki R. Madhubuti, award-winning poet and civil rights activist, headlines the Washington State University Visiting Writers Series at 6 p.m., Oct. 5 with a YouTube Live appearance.

Madhubuti is an architect of the Chicago Black Arts Movement and founder and publisher of Third World Press (1967). He is author/editor of 36 books of poetry and nonfiction including “Don’t Cry, Scream (1969)”, “Run Toward Fear: New Poems and a Poet’s Handbook (2004)”; “Liberation Narratives: New and Collected Poems 1967-2009 (2009)”; and the best-selling “Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous? (1991).”

A long-time community activist and institution builder, Madhubuti has been at the forefront of numerous schools of literary arts and civil rights organizations in his 42-year distinguished career as a writer, teacher, and political activist. Madhubuti, who retired in 2011, founded DePaul University’s MFA program in creative writing. He is a co-founder of the Institute of Positive Education and its three schools in Chicago. His teaching career includes Cornell University, Howard University, and Chicago State University where he was appointed its first University Distinguished Professor. 

Madhubuti’s work has won many top literary honors, including the American Book Award, the Kuumba Workshop Black Liberation Award, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Madhubuti’s most recent books include “Taking Bullets: Terrorism and Black Life in Twenty-First Century America (2016)”, co-editor of “Not Our President: New Directions From the Pushed Out, the Others, and the Clear Majority in Trump’s Stolen America (2017).”

Special thanks to our collaborators and sponsors: ASWSU, the WSU undergraduate literary magazine Landescapes, the WSU Vancouver Department of English, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of ArtAcademic Outreach and Innovation, the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center, and the WSU Common Reading Program

For more information please contact Debbie Lee at, or Cameron McGill at, or Julian Ankey at

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