African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Author Pages: Bios and Full Text Collections

Below are author profiles with links to works included in this anthology. This is a work in progress; we are steadily researching the authors listed below,and will continue to add author profiles.  

For some of the major figures below who have not yet been profiled, we are linking to their Wikipedia pages. A few important African American writers presently have no dedicated Wikipedia entries. In summer 2022, noting the omission of Otto Bohanan from Wikiepdia, we worked with a team of editors to create a rudimentary entry based on our own research here. Other significant African American poets who currently have no Wikipedia pages are Charles Frederick White, Sergeant Chester J. Westfield, and Edward S. Silvera

Note: the list below is not a complete account of all authors whose writings may appear on this site. If you're looking for a particular writer or poem, try the search bar located on the black navigation bar at the top of the page. (On a mobile device, click on the 'hamburger' menu, then click search)