On the heels of yesterday’s celebration of fathers, here is Kalamu ya Salaam’s loving and thoughtful tribute to his friend, collaborator, and mentor, Tom Dent. This poem is one of the many gems in Salaam’s 2021 collection Cosmic Deputy, available here. Featured image by Richard Mortel, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
By Chelsey Shannon, editor After months of staying away from UNO’s campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I recently had the opportunity to do an on-campus shoot for the Press’s upcoming virtual event, “What Langston Did.” We engaged videographer Weenta Girmay to capture an in-person (outdoor, socially distanced) interview between myself and Kalamu ya Salaam. […]
UNO Press at PEN Oakland 2019 By Chelsey Shannon, editor Many attending the “Blue Collar PEN” ceremony back in December expressed surprise at my coming all the way from New Orleans to collect Kalamu ya Salaam’s award—as if the Bay Area was a cozy hamlet my cosmopolitan self had only deigned to visit. But in […]