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“Drum Voices” Beats On as Eugene B. Redmond Writing Club celebrates its 25th birthday

Darlene Roy writes: “Atlanta was fantastic!” Here’s Rocoe “Ros” Crenshaw’s lively report of how the Euguene B. Redmond Writing Club celebrated its 25th anniversary with a release of a 700-page “Drumvoices Revue.” The event raised funds for the Redmond’s learning center at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. All previous 16 issues of “Drumvoices” are included […]

Riehlife Poem-of-the-Day: “Miles of Jazz,” a Kwansaba by Darlene Duncan Swanson Roy

I first met Dr. Eugene Redmond at one of Freida Wheaton’s salons at Studio 51, her at-home art gallery. Eugene is one of the major figures of the Black Renaissance. His papers will be featured in a collection at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Since that first meeting I’ve come to admire Eugene each time […]

Kwansaba: birth of a poetry form

The Kwansaba came into being as a praise song. Drumvoices Revue has used the Kwansaba form to praise Richar Wright (2008), Maya Angelou and Quincy Troupe (2007), Jayne Cortex (2006), Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez (2005), Katherine Dunham (2004), Miles Davis (2003). Outside of haiku and the blues, the Kwansaba is one of the most […]

Drumvoices Revue: A Confluence of Literary, Cultural & Vision Arts

The current issue of DRUMVOICES REVUE commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart.” I taught his novel as a Peace Corps teacher in Ghana and Botswana. I meant a lot to me then and I still consider it one of the world’s masterpieces. Eugene Redmond, Poet Laureate of East […]