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Depths As Well As Distances

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.

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When Poetry Comes to Life

Honoring three I AM NEW ORLEANS poets, along with the inciting work of Marcus B. Christian, to kick off National Poetry Month

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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.  […]

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The Sweet Flypaper of Life

“The old folks used to say, when you enter a room, speak to the people who are already there…” – Kalamu ya Salaam, Cosmic Deputy: Poetry & Context, 1968-2019 By Chelsey Shannon, editor Whenever his name comes up, Kalamu ya Salaam regularly claims Langston Hughes as his patron saint of writing. From a young age, […]

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I Am New Orleans

The Publishing Journey of the Greatest Anthology to touch my desk By Abram Shalom Himelstein, editor-in-chief Everything seemed to be lining up. The University of New Orleans Press was moving into the Earl K. Long Library, just two floors below the Marcus Christian Collection. And Kalamu was on the phone, talking about revisiting Christian’s iconic […]

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South to Northwest

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 […]