June Jordan was born in 1936 in Harlem, New York City, to West Indian immigrant parents. Her forty-year career in poetry was marked by vigorous activism and artistry. She published twenty-seven volumes of writing across multiple genres, writing openly about her bisexuality when identifying as such was heavily stigmatized. Her accolades include the National Association of Black Journalists Award and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Jordan passed away in 2002.
June Jordan, excerpt “Roman Poem Number Five/ For Millen, and for Julius/ and for Peter and for Eddie” from Haruko/Love Poems. Used with the permission of The June M. Jordan Literary Trust.
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