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Book Release: "New Orleans Griot: The Tom Dent Reader"

  • Ashé Powerhouse Theater 1731 Baronne Street New Orleans, LA, 70113 United States (map)

Free and Open to the Public

Join us for the release of "New Orleans Griot: The Tom Dent Reader," by Tom Dent, edited by Kalamu ya Salaam.

This expansive collection of Tom Dent's essays, interviews and poetry provides a comprehensive portrait of the New Orleans writer whose oeuvre reflects the racial tensions of the times and is equally relevant today. - Kirkus Review

A mid-twentieth century African American writer and cultural activist, Tom Dent worked tirelessly to help cultivate the Black Arts Movement, mentoring numerous other artists and writers. Taken from his papers held at the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, this vital collection brings together Dent's fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, and drama, including many previously unpublished works. With introductions by Kalamu ya Salaam, New Orleans Griot: A Tom Dent Reader showcases the remarkable life and writing of Tom Dent, from his early days in New York to working with the Free Southern Theatre in Mississippi to his astute observations of New Orleans and the black Mardi Gras Indians.