April 16, 1957
Chicago, Illinois, United States
November 4, 1995
Essex Hemphill (April 16, 1957 – November 4, 1995) was an American poet and activist. He was a 1993 Pew Fellowships in the Arts recipient.
Biography [ edit ]
Essex Hemphill was born April 16, 1957 in
Chicago and died on November 4, 1995 of AIDS-related complications. He is known for his activism for equality and rights for gay men.
His poetry has been published widely in journals, and his essays have appeared in
High Performance, , Gay Community News , RFD Magazine , The Advocate Pyramid Periodical, , and others. In 1993, he was a visiting scholar at the Essence Getty Center.
The poems and essays in
Ceremonies address the sexual objectification of black men in white culture, relationships among gay black men and non-gay black men, HIV/ AIDS in the black community and the meaning of family.
Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories, Patrick Merla (ed.) Avon Books. 1996 (essays in) "Life Sentences: Writers, Artists, and AIDS", Thomas Avena (ed.) Mercury House. 1994
Ceremonies: Prose and Poetry, 1992; Cleis Press, 2000, ISBN 9781573441018 (ed.)
Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men 1991; RedBone Press, 2007, ISBN 9780978625115
Conditions: Poems, Be Bop Books, 1986
Anthologies [ edit ]
In the Life, anthology
Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time, anthology
Art Against Apartheid, anthology
Men and Intimacy, anthology
New Men, anthology
New Minds, anthology
Tourists and Other Mysteries, anthology
Appearances [ edit ]
documentary Looking for Langston
Tongues Untied (1990) [3 ] Black Is...Black Ain't (1994)
as narrator Out of the Shadows, AIDS documentary
^ Castro, Alex. "Tongues Untied". Senses of Cinema . Retrieved January 10, 2010. "Tongues speaks through a range of black, gay, and black gay cultural forms. The video is a melange that mixes the music of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone with the poetry of Essex Hemphill and Joseph Beam"
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