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Amiri Baraka

The era of sixties introduced Amiri Baraka as an African American writer with his first volume on poetry, 'Preface to a Twenty-Volume Suicide Note'. This was shortly followed by a novel, 'Blues People: Negro Music in White America' and continued further with different writing pieces for over four decades. The author has spent nearly half a century narrating essays, poetry, short stories, novels and critique on music.

Amiri Baraka, in his writings has especially focused on the political scenario and social rights of the African American people in the eras following the sixties. After the 9/11 incident, Baraka expressed his opinion about it in his book, 'Somebody Blew up America' and another volume with the same subject titled as 'Somebody Blew up America with other poems'. This was shortly followed by a second edition in the Razor series of original Jazz essays, 'The Essence of Reparations'. It featured twelve poems and two original stories about Thelonius Monk. The praise continued with another book, 'The Tales of Out and the Gone' which also honored the author with PEN Open Book Award. The latest in the collection of Amiri Baraka is 'Billy Harper: Blueprints of Jazz' which features his poems along with Billy Harpers' signature jazz melodies.