Puget Sound English Department

May 30, 2009

Poets Born in June–Including James Weldon Johnson

Filed under: Creative Writing,Literature — O. @ 2:56 am

james_weldon_johnson (pictured: James Weldon Johnson, professor, poet, novelist, diplomat, songwriter, civil-rights leader, among other things; writer of the African American “national anthem,” “Lift E’vry Voice”; his books of poetry include God’s Trombones. He once wrote a campaign-song for Theodore Roosevelt, and he later served as Ambassador to Venezuela. Something of a full life.)

So what  poets were born in June, when Summer begins to inscribe its images on the landscape, in the Northern Hemisphere, at least?  Well, they include Gwendolyn Brooks, Thomas Hardy, Paul Muldoon, Frank O’Hara, James Weldon Johnson, and the Pacific Northwest’s own David Wagoner, widely acclaimed poet and former editor of Poetry Northwest.

For a much fuller list, travel to the site,   http://junebirthdaysofpoets.wordpress.com/ .  And if your birthday is in June, and especially if you’re a poet, well then happy birthday to you, and may the writing go well.

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