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

Edward S. Silvera

Edward S. Silvera (1906-1937) began publishing poetry in venues like Opportunity and The Crisis while still an undergraduate at Lincoln University. He had two poems each included in the prominent anthologies, Caroling Dusk and Ebony and Topaz in 1927. Several of his poems were collected in Langston Hughes' collection, Four Lincoln University Poets, which appeared in 1930. 

In 1927, Silvera placed second in the literary contest sponsored by The Crisis, for his poem "Song to a Dark Girl." 

Not much is known about Silvera's life after 1930, or the cause of his untimely death at age 31. 

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