February 2017

Poet of the Week: Langston Hughes

Living from 1902 to 1967, Langston Hughes was born James Mercer Langston Hughes in Joplin, Missouri. Hughes is known for the feeling of jazz and 1920s to 1960s Black life instilled inside his poetry and books. His work was an enormous part of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and remains as relevant today as it ever was. In addition to poetry, Hughes wrote plays, novels and short stories.