Ahmos Zu-Bolton

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Ahmos Zu-Bolton II (October 21, 1948,[1] – March 8, 2005[2]) was an activist, poet and playwright also known for his editing and publishing endeavors on behalf of African-American culture.[3]


Born in Poplarville, Mississippi, Zu-Bolton grew up in DeRidder, Louisiana, near the Texas border. In 1965 he was one of several black students who integrated Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.[4] After serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Zu-Bolton founded Hoo-Doo, a magazine devoted to African-American activism and arts, published A Niggered Amen: Poems, and coedited Synergy D.C. Anthology, in 1975. He also opened the Copestetic Bookstore on Marigny Street in New Orleans, LA.[2]

While living in New Orleans he taught English, African-American Studies, and Creative Writing classes at Xavier University, Tulane University and Delgado Community College. He was Visiting Writer in Residence at University of Missouri.[5]


Ahmos Zu-Bolton died March 8, 2005, in Washington, D.C., of cancer.[2]


  • Zu-Bolton, Ahmos (1975), A niggered amen: poems / by Ahmos Zu-Bolton II., Solo Press
  • Zu-Bolton, Ahmos; Miller, E. Ethelbert (1975), Synergy D.C. Anthology, Energy BlackSouth Press
  • Thomas, Lorenzo; Alakoye, Adesanya; Zu-Bolton, Ahmos (1978), Hoo-doo 6½, Energy Earth Communications
  • Peter Blue Cloud; William Oandasan; Ahmos Zu-Bolton; Ricardo Sánchez (1979), "Featuring four third world poets", A: A Journal of Contemporary Literature, A Press, 4 (1)
  • Zu-Bolton, Ahmos (1998), Ain't No Spring Chicken: Selected Poems, Voice Foundation, Incorporated, The, ISBN 978-0-9668063-0-4
  • Zu-Bolton, Ahmos (2002), 1946: a poem, Ishmael Reed Pub. Co., ISBN 978-0-918408-34-1


  1. ^ The Mississippi Writers page, biography of Ahmos Zu-Bolton II.
  2. ^ a b c Michael Perlstein (March 17, 2005). "Ahmos Zu-Bolton II, poet, bookstore owner". Times-Picayune (New Orleans). p. 4.
  3. ^ Andrews, William L.; Foster, Frances Smith; Harris, Trudier (2001), The concise Oxford companion to African American literature, Oxford University Press US, p. 455, ISBN 978-0-19-513883-2
  4. ^ The Mississippi Writers Page, Ahmos Zu-Bolton II.
  5. ^ Lynita F. Jones, "Candelight Vigil for Ahmos Zu-Bolton", ChickenBones: A Journal.