Akua Lezli Hope


Literary Resumé


            A third generation New Yorker, firstborn, Akua Lezli Hope has won two Artists Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (1987, 2003), a Ragdale U.S.-Africa Fellowship (1993), and a Creative Writing Fellowship from The National Endowment for The Arts (1990). She received an Artists Crossroads Grant (2003) from The Arts of the Southern FingerLakes for her project “Words on Motion,” which placed poetry on the buses of New York’s Chemung and Steuben counties. She was the guest poet at the Steele Memorial Library's 2003 Festival. UNPACKING, her collaboration with dancer choreographer, Lois Welk, was presented in 2003 at 171 Cedar Arts Center. In 1997, she was poet-in-residence at the Chautauqua Institute where she read her poetry, lectured on jazz poetry, and conducted a workshop entitled “Writing Poetry as Mythmaking.”

            Her first collection, EMBOUCHURE, Poems on Jazz and Other Musics, won  the Writer’s Digest  book award for poetry in 1996.

            She is published in numerous literary magazines and national anthologies including: The Year’s Best Writing, Writer’s Digest Guides, 2003; DARK MATTER, (the first!) anthology of African American Science Fiction, Time Warner Books, 2000; THE BLUELIGHT CORNER, black women writing on passion, sex, and romantic love, edited by Rosemarie Robotham, Three Rivers Press, 1999; Will Work For Peace: New Political Poems, ed. by Brett Axel, Middletown, NY, 1999;  MASKS, Earth's Daughters 52, 1998; CHAIN, 1995; SISTERFIRE, an anthology of Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry, ed. by Charlotte Watson-Sherman, HarperPerennial, 1994; WHAT IS FOUND THERE, NOTEBOOKS ON POETRY AND POLITICS by Adrienne Rich, W.W. Norton, 1993; WRITING FROM THE NEW COAST: TECHNIQUE, Buffalo University, 1993; EROTIQUE NOIRE, (the first!) AN ANTHOLOGY OF BLACK EROTICA, Doubleday/Anchor, 1992; POETS MARKET, 1992, ed. by Judson Jerome, Writers Digest Books; CONFIRMATION, an anthology of Afrikan American Women Writers, 1983; EXTENDED OUTLOOKS, the Iowa Review Collection of Contemporary Women Writers, 1983; and Eyeball, 1995; Obsidian II, 1996, 1994, 1992, 1991; Blue Cage, 1993 (England); Hambone, 1992; African American Review, 1992; Catalyst 1992; and Contact II, 1989; among others.

            She holds a B.A. in psychology from Williams College, a M.B.A. in marketing from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and a M.S.J. in broadcast journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  She is a founding section leader in the Poetry Forum on Compuserve.  She served as a founding section leader of African American Resource Forum and in the Books and Writers section of the African American Culture Forum (American Visions) on Compuserve.  She also served as the area coordinator and group founder for Amnesty International, U.S.A., in the southern tier of New York.  She co-authored a biweekly column on social, political, and cultural issues for the Star Gazette in 1995.

            She was a finalist in the 1991 Open Voice competition, in the 1990 Barnard New Women Poets Series with her manuscript Fuel for Beginners, and in the MacDonald's Black literary competition for 1989.  Her manuscript, The Prize is the Journey, was a finalist in the 1983 Walt Whitman contest. She is a founding member of the Black Writers Union and the New Renaissance Writers Guild whose alumni include Baron James Ashanti and Terri McMillan.

            She led  the Voices of Fire Reading Choir from 1987 to 1999, performing her work and that of other African American poets.  Akua has given more than 100 readings  to audiences in colleges, prisons, parks, museums, and bars.  Akua bears an exile's desire for work close to home, and a writer's yearning for a galvanizing mythos.

            She also creates sculpture, objects, and jewelry in glass and paper, plays with her cats and the saxophone, sings, regards her half-dressed looms with longing, and makes good manifest.



Awards and Honors


Cave Canem Fellow, 2002, 2004

New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, 2003

Artists Crossroads Grant for Words in Motion, 2003

Awardee in the Nonrhyming Poetry Writer's Digest annual competition, 2002

Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (2000) edited by Ellen    Datlow and Terri Windling: for "The Becoming" (DARK MATTER)

Artist-in-Residence, Women’s Studio Workshop, 2001

Fellowship, Hurston-Wright Writers’ Week, 2001

Poet-in-Residence, Chautauqua Institution, 1997

Writer's Digest Book Awards, 1996

Ragdale U.S.–Africa Fellowship, 1993

The International Who's Who in Poetry

Finalist, 1991 Open Voice competition

National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, 1990

Finalist, Barnard New Women Poets Series -1990

Finalist, MacDonald's Black Literary Achievement Award, 1989

The International Authors and Writers Who's Who

New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, 1987 - 1988

Two Thousand Notable American Women

Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, and Poets

Finalist, Walt Whitman Award, Spring 1983

Sterling Brown Award, Williams College, Spring 1975

Academy of American Poets, Honorable Mention, 1975, 1974, 1973,

            Williams  College




Columbia University Graduate School of Business         

            M.B.A., May 1978


Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism                  

            M.S.J., May  1977


Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts             

            B.A. psychology, June 1975




Cave Canem, 2002 to date

Poetry Forum, founding section leader, African American Verse,

CompuServe Information Service, 1996-1997

African American Resources Forum, founding Staff Member, CompuServe Information Service,  1996

African American Culture Forum, founding Books and Writers Section

Leader, CompuServe Information Service, 1994-1996

Board of Directors, Chemung Valley Arts Council 1989-1994

Poetry Society of America

Poets and Writers

Teachers and Writers

Science Fiction Poetry Association

New Renaissance Writers Guild, founding member

Black Alumni Network (Columbia Graduate School of Journalism)

Black Writers Union, founding member 1980-1981

National Association of Third World Writers, founding member 1979-1980



Cave Canem 2002, 2004

Urban Word teacher training, 2004

Hurston-Wright Writers Workshop, 2001

Visual and Dramatic Writing - Spring 1984 (Young Filmmakers Foundation)

Writers Community - Spring 1982, Poetry with Jorie Graham

Calabash Poets - 1978- 1980




            January             Short Story Writing Workshop corning Painted Post School District

            February           Black History Month Reading at YWCA Elmira and the Twin Tiers

            March               Myth and Transcendence Women's History Month Poetry Workshop YWCA Elmira

                                    and the Twin Tiers

Women's History Month Reading with Mary Alice Little, harpist, Mansfield University

            April                 Ways of Knowing, Ways of showing Poetry writing Workshop at Southeast Steuben Public Library

                                    Reading at Southeast Steuben Public Library

                                    Genesee Reading at Writers and Readers, National Poetry Month

                                    Rochester, NY


            May                  Women's Poetry Workshop at YWCA Elmira and the Twin Tiers

            June                 Juneteenth Poetry Workshop



            September        A Celebration of Books, Corning, NY September 25

            January             Short Story Writing Workshops Corning-Painted Post School District


            December         Short Story Writing Workshops Corning-Painted Post School District

            November        Poetry Workshop Steele Memorial Library, NY

                                    Memories and Dreams: Poetry Workshop for Seniors

                                    Southeast Steuben Library, NY

            June 15            The Spiritual in My Art

                                    Talk at the Unitarian Universalist Church Owego, NY

            June  5,6,7       UnPacking, dance poetry collaboration with choreographer Lois Welk,  part of American Dance Asylum’s New Works and Remembrances

                                    171 Cedar Arts Center, Corning, NY

            March 1            Reading  with 171 Women's Chorale  171 Cedar Arts Center Corning,


            March 2            Reading with 171 Women's Chorale  171 Cedar Arts Center

March 13          Ordinary Women Anniversary Poetry Reading at the Sol Goldman Y

                         344 East 14th Street. NY, NY

            March 22          Poetry Workshop at Steele Memorial Library 1-4 p.m. Elmira, NY

            March 23          Poetry Reading at Steele Memorial Library 2-4 p.m. Elmira, NY

            April 5              Honoring an Escaped Slave Through Poetry and Song

                                    Benefit for the John W. Jones Museum, an evening in poetry and song  171 Cedar Arts Center Corning, NY



Short Story Writing Workshops Corning- Painted Post School District

Peaceful Gathering Coffeehouse,  as a part of  the annual DIALOGUE THROUGH POETRY WEEK and UNESCO's WORLD POETRY DAY. Over 200 poetry readings in 150 cities were held worldwide to discuss "can poetry help create a culture of peace and non-violence in the world?"  Corning, NY,  March 22

Tombstone Café, for Black History Month with Jasper and Sharon McGruder presenting an evening of theater and song, Waverly, NY,  February 2



Short Story Writing Workshop Lindley Presho Elementary School, 5th grade (2 classes), Presho, NY, December

Poetry Reading with Jesse Bennett on saxophone, Diversity! series at the Waverly Opera House, July 5, Waverly, NY

Poetry Reading with Charlie James at Bookmarks Corning, NY, April 5

Panel on Writing, Barnes and Noble, Big Flats, NY, April 25

Poetry Reading  with Charlie James,  Ellen Tifft, Robert Darling, Barnes and Noble, Big Flats, NY, April 28



Reading and signing for Dark Matter, Barnes and Noble, Big Flats, NY, August 20

Poetry Workshop-  The World’s Largest Writing Workshop, Barnes and Noble, Big Flats, NY, October 14



10 West, Mansfield, PA, June 4

April is National Poetry Month Reading Series at Bookmarks, April 16, Corning, NY

Something Loving, Poetry Reading, Rockwell Museum, February 14


Sojourner Truth Celebration performance with Voices of Fire Reading Choir

March 6 &7

April is National Poetry Month Reading Series at Bookmarks, April 9, April

10, Corning NY

Gathering of Poets Reading , Mansfield University, April 17

Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Consumer Square, May 21, Horseheads, NY

10 West, Mansfield, PA, Oct. 2

Each One Teach One, classroom workshop, Northside Blodgett, Corning, NY December 9


1997    Reading Series, 10 West Wellesborough Mansfield, PA, Oct. 31

            Sterling Brown Symposium, Howard University Chapel, Washington,  DC, October 26

            Chautauqua Institution, presentation, Jazz Poetry: function at the Junction, August 15

            Chautauqua Institution, Writer's Center, August 10

            The Festival of the Lakes, Saranac Lake, NY, June 28

            Southport Correctional Facility, South port, NY, June 18


1996    Southport Correctional Facility, Southport, NY, September 6,

            The Professor's Place, Watkins Glen, NY, July 17

            JUNETEETH with Voices of Fire Reading Choir, Centerway Square, Corning, NY June 22

            HORNELL Poet's Theatre, June 13, Hornell, NY

Cosmopolitan Women's Club, Dinner, Fashion Show, Reading, May 17, Radisson Hotel, Corning

American Association of University Women, reading, Corning ,NY, March 20 with Rhonda Morton, Susan Gale and Karen Kirby

            Valentine's Day Wedding Reading, Feb 14, Corning, NY

            Black History Month Reading, Corning Community College, Feb. 13

            Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY, Feb .23, reading and poetry workshops


1995    The Corning Museum of Glass Community Open House, Sept. 15, with Dick Riddick

            Harriet Tubman Home Gathering , July 22, Auburn, NY

            JUNETEENTH, June 17, Centerway Square, Corning, NY with Dick  Riddick

Harambee at Mt. Neboe Lodge, Elmira, NY, Feb. 18 with Dick Riddick on  conga and percussion

Three Rivers Reading Series at Medley's Restaurant,  with Dick Riddick on percussion, April 27            Southport Correctional Facility, Feb. 4


1993    Juneteenth Celebration, Centerway Square, Corning, NY, June 19

            171 Cedar Arts Center 25th Anniversary Celebration Reading May 23  accompanied by Felicia Kessel on keyboards with Michael Czarnecki

            Something Loving, Poetry Reading, Rockwell Museum, February 14

            Chicago Cultural Center, Ragdale Writers Reading March 4


1992    St. Marks Poetry Project with Vit Bakitis, NY, NY, November 11

            Summer Reading Series, Claverack, NY August 16,

            Hornell Poets Theater, Hornell, NY, March 12

            Something Loving, Poetry Reading, Rockwell Museum, February 14


1991    Something Loving, Poetry Reading, Rockwell Museum, February 14,

            Writing Workshop for Elmira Girls Scouts, February 16, Elmira, NY

 Visions and Voices, celebration for National Women's History Month, March 1, 171 Cedar Arts         Center, Corning, NY

            The Gas Station March 5, with Baron James Ashanti, New York City, New York

            AIUSA Northeast Region Conference March 9, Boston University, Boston, MA

Poets Performance, Amnesty Annual General Meeting, Georgetown University, Washington,    D.C.,

            June 15

            Radio Interview on WUDC (aired June 19) with E. Ethelbert Miller, Washington, D.C.

            Young Author's Day, Corning Community College, November 25,

            Kwanzaa presentation, Chemung Valley Unitarian Church, December 15



Chemung Valley Unitarian Fellowship, Martin Luther King Remembrance Poetry Reading, Feb. 4

Visions and Voices celebration for National Women's' History Month, 171 Cedar Arts Center, March 2

Young Author's Day poetry workshop, Corning Community College, March 6, Corning, NY

            Women Poets at Barnard with Marilyn Hacker, March 8, NY, NY

            Corning Community College poetry workshop, April 9, Corning, NY

            Corning Community College, April 11, Brown Bag Series

            Northside Blodgett Elementary School visitor reader, Corning, NY

            Mark Twain Quarry Farm, H.S. writing intensive, March 17, Elmira, NY

            Steele Memorial Library, poetry writing workshop, March 24

            Steele Memorial Library, annual poetry contest, guest poet, March 25

            Conversations with Southern Tier Women interview/reading, May 14

            Readings Series at Stars with Walt Franklin, Corning, NY, June 19

            Gathering of the Minds coffeehouse, Corning, NY, June 21

            Young Author's Day poetry workshop, Corning Community College, November 19


            First Ladies of Poetry, Lecture, Wednesday Morning Club, Park Church, Nov. 15, Elmira, NY

            Poetry Writing Workshop, Mansfield University, Nov. 2, Mansfield Pa.

            Poetry Reading, Mansfield University, Nov. 1, 1989, Mansfield, Pa.

            Black Poets Day, Workshop 6th Grade, Parley Coburn School, October 7, 1989, Elmira, NY

            171 Cedar Arts Center, Summer Reading Series, writing workshop, July 26, Corning, NY

            171 Cedar Arts Center, Summer Reading Series, poetry reading, July 25, Corning, NY

            Career Discussion and Poetry Writing Workshop, 8th grade, May 26, Prattsburg, NY

            Career Discussion and Poetry Writing Workshop, Corning Free Academy, March 23, 6th grade,        Corning, NY

            Reading for Thomas Hart Benton Exhibit at The Rockwell Museum, Literature from the Thirties, producer and reader, April 10,  Corning, NY.

            The Pew Rally Gospel Talent Show, All Saints Home Church of God in Christ,  Sunday, April 2, Elmira, NY

            Martin Luther King Reading, Church of God in Christ, January 15, Big Flats, NY,



1988   171 Cedar Arts Center, Summer Reading Series, writing workshop, July 25, Corning, NY

            171 Cedar Arts Center, Summer Reading Series, poetry reading, July 18, Corning, NY

            North Country Community College, reading series organized by Maurice Kenny, March 21,          Saranac Lake, NY

            Federal Correction Institute at Raybrook, poetry reading, March 21, Raybrook, NY

            Young Author's Day, poetry writing workshop, Corning Community College, March 1            

            Books Sandwiched In, book review series at Corning Public Library, lecture/review on Beloved by Toni Morrison,  January 11


1987    Poetry Society of America, 15 Gramercy Park , with NYFA Poetry Fellows, October 29, NY, NY

            171 CEDAR ARTS CENTER, “Making Real the Dream,” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, jr.  birthday celebration, children’s workshop and evening performance, with Arthur Flowers and other performers, Corning, NY, January 19


1985    ST. MARKS POETRY PROJECT, 10th Street and 2nd Avenue, with Patricia Jones and

             Marie Ponsot, May 22, NY, NY

            BASEMENT WORKSHOP, 22 Catherine Street, with Marilyn Hacker, April 30, NY, NY

            DOUBLE TALK SHOW, Sideshows by the Seashore, Coney Island boardwalk, with Roland Legiardi-Laura, produced by Bob  Holman, April 14, Brooklyn, NY.


1984    Art Against Apartheid, The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s, Oct. 21, NY, NY

            Tompkins Square Festival Poetry Reading, June 17, Tompkins Square Park, NY, NY

            First anniversary celebration of Black and in Brooklyn, Medgar Evers

            College, March 24, Brooklyn, NY

            Artists’ Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America, St. Mark’s Poetry Project,

            Jan. 18, NY, NY


1984    Confirmation Anthology Reading and Book Party, Brooklyn Arts and

            Culture Association (BACA) Jan. 13, Brooklyn, NY


1983    Washington Heights Community Art Gallery, Sept. 18, NY, NY

            National Black United Front, International Women's Day, August 9,

            Brooklyn, NY


1982    IKON MAGAZINE Benefit reading, NYU Law Auditorium, Nov., NY, NY          



            Politics of Writing, Calabash Workshop Event, Reading at CAT Video,

            Oct. 25, Harlem, NY

            American Writers Congress, Poetry Reading, Oct. 10, NY, NY

            Galeria Morivivi, Reading Series, September 13, NY, NY

            Cafe Figaro, Sunday Poetry Reading Series, June 7, NY, NY

            Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, Arts & Culture Center, Poetry Reading, June 6,

            Brooklyn, NY

            Afrikan Poetry Theater, May 17, Jamaica, NY

            Memorial to Larry Neal, Countee Cullen Library, April 25, Harlem, NY

            Black Writers Union Fund-raiser, Creative Arts Center, April 11, Brooklyn, NY

            Sunbury 9 Reading, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Live Broadcast WBAI, January, NY, NY


1980    Interviewed by Larry Neal, WWRL-Radio, Fall 1980, NY, NY


1979    The Coalition, Club 57, St. Marks Place, New York, April 5, 1979


1978    The New York State Book Fair, Martin Luther King Jr. High School, NY, NY, October 8

            Corner Post Cafe Series, Brooklyn, NY, June 25

            Pearl's Place, Sunday Poetry Series, May 7, NY, NY

            Women's Center, Brooklyn College, April 17, Brooklyn, NY

            New Rican Village, March 24, NY, NY

            Manhattan Theater Club, Poetry Series, February 28, NY, NY


1977    Arthur Kill Correctional Facility, August, Staten Island, NY

            Chaz Restaurant, Montage Series, July 16, NY


1976    Bedford Hills Correctional Institution, October 30, Bedford Hills, NY,

            Rejuvenation, December 26, Brooklyn, New York         


1975    Look Homeward, Choreopoem, Black Movements Festival, January,

            Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. and neighboring colleges


1974    Coffeehouse performances and on-campus readings,

1973    Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts



P U B L I C A T I O N S      




(5 haiku)                                                                      Knocking on the Silence, Finger Lakes anthology. Edited by Donna Marbach,

                                                                                    Foothills Publishing, 2005


Dancing on Daddy's Feet                                          My Soul to His Spirit: Soulful Expressions from Black Daughters to Their Fathers, Melda Beaty, Editor


Sunday Drive/Black in Appalachia                           Two Voices, Two Pages, Geva Theatre and Writers and Books, December 13, 2004 theatre reading/performance of work

                                                                                    Rochester, NY


Freedom (164)                                                              Poems for All , Sept .2002

Not Final, Just Next (165)


The Them Gone                                                           Cave Canem Anthology 2002,

                                                                                    Cave Canem, 2003


Hard Won Country                                                       The Year’s Best Writing, Writer’s Digest Guides, April 2003


Health Care                                                                  Moon Journal Fall/Winter 2002 Volume VII Issue 2 ed. by Mary H. Ber


“The Becoming,”                                                          DARK MATTER, (first!) anthology of African                                                                                     American Science Fiction, ed. by Sheree R.                                                                                          Thomas, Time Warner Books, 2000


“My Mommy Gone #15,”                                              WORDS OF WISDOM, Poet’s Theater 20th                                                                                         Anniversary Anthology, ed. by B. O’Brien, J.                                                                                        Damerell and C.J. Houghtaling, H&H Press,                                                                                             PA, 2000


Included                                                                       "Night and Day : The Double Lives of Artists                                                                           in America" by Gloria Klaiman, Praeger Pub                                                                              Text, August 2000


Inventing the Food, for Shimmer,                                  Bluelight Corner, Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex and Romantic Love, ed.          by Rosemarie Robotham,  Three Rivers Press, NY, 1999


Chock full O’ Nuts                                                        Will Work for Peace, New Political Poetry,                                                                          PA, 1999


Health Care , Way From Here                                                    MASK, Earth’s Daughters Collective, Buffalo, NY, 1998


Leavetaking for Shimmer, A Different Drum,                  Moondance                             

My Muse Relentless                                                       August 1996, http://www.

                                                                                    cyberspc. mb. ca/~fullmoon/moondance


EMBOUCHURE, poems on jazz and other musics          collection of 41 poems, ArtFarm Press, Corning, NY,                                                                Oct. 1995


"my mother is an indictment..", " who cries                    CompuServe CD (CompuServe Incorporated)

with wasting dawn..."


Genny                                                                          Chain, edited by Osman

                                                                                    and Spahr, Buffalo, NY, 1995


Revoltillo Bacalao, Hairdressers, "my mother                  Meanderings, April 1995

is an indictment.."                                                                                            

                                                                                    http://newsavanna.com/meanderings                                                                                    /me204/me20403.shtml


Song Through the Wall                                                EYEBALL, St. Louis Missouri, 1994


Finishing, Water Bears No Scars, My Muse Relent-         SISTERFIRE, an anthology of  less, Song Through the Wall                                                         Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry, ed. by                                                                                Charlotte Watson-Sherman, HarperCollins,                                                              1994


950 Hoe Avenue, Water Bears No Scars, CHAZ,            Obsidian II, Black

My Muse Relentless, Scent, So Much to Show,               Literature in Review, Fall

 Tell, Imprint, Remember the Source                              Winter, Volume 8 Number 2, ed. by Gerald                                                                          Barrax, NCSU, 1993



To Every Birth Its Pain                                                   What is Found There, Notebooks on Poetry

                                                                                    and Politics by Adrienne Rich, W.W. Norton,                                                                        1993


Praise Song                                                                  Blue Cage, ed. by Barry Fogden,

                                                                                    England, 1993


Essay                                                                            Writing From the New Coast: Technique,                                                                   University of  Buffalo, 1993


Fall, Low Moon, Way From Here,                                  The Fireweed Journal ed.

Making Poems,                                                            by Wm. M. Frenchy

Truck Stop, After Haying                                               De Rushť, Spring 1992, Yukon/Alaska                                                                                     Publishing


On Air                                                                          Catalyst Magazine #10, ed. By Pearl Cleage,                                                                        Atlanta, Ga., 1992


Afro Funk, 235 Fifth Avenue                                          Hambone, ed. by Nathaniel Mackey,  Santa                                                                            Cruz, CA. 1992


When the horn fits, blow it, Songs they could sing,      Erotique Noire/Black  Erotica ed by Decosta

Telegram from Topeka, Interpenetration Side Two         -Willis, Martin and Bell, /Anchor,1992


Hairdressers                                                                  African American Review, J.Weixlman, ed.                                                                               1992


Alien Homeboy, The Big Three-O, This Mother,            Obsidian II, Spring 1991,

Memorial Day                                                               Gerald Barrax, ed., NCSU, Raleigh, NC


Prayer                                                                           Catalyst, ed. By Pearl Cleage, Atlanta,                                                                                     GA, 1991


For Bob Thompson, New Alchemy, Report on               Contact/II, a poetry review, No. 53/54/55,

Training Assignment One, When the Horn fits,               NY, NY, Summer /Fall 1989

Blow It


A Valentine, Interpenetration Side Two,                         Obsidian II, Winter 1988, Gerald Barrax,

For the Homeless                                                          NCSU


Songs they could sing #328                                         Shooting Star Review, Winter 1988, Pittsburgh,                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

On the One                                                                  West Wind Review, Department of English,                                                                        Oregon State College, Ashland, Oregon                                                                        Spring, 1987


Acknowledgment, Village You Come From,                 Obsidian II, Black Literature in Review,

Fuel for Beginners II, West Street                                   Winter 1986, NCSU, Raleigh, NC


Interpenetration Side One                                              Starline, Science Fiction Poetry Association’s magazine, Volume 9, Issue 4/July-August 1986


Leaving is a Little Death                                                Black American Literature Forum, Joe   

                                                                                    Weixlmann, editor, Volume 20. No. 3, Fall                                                                               1986, Indiana State University


“i will never forget you,                                                IKON magazine, Art Against Apartheid

South Africa”                                                                issue, Second Series #5/6, 1986


West Street, The Interview                                             ARTSCOPE, Nov/Dec 1985, Chemung

 “she knits acrylic hosannas...”                                       Valley Arts Council, Corning, NY

We Are The New Heat                                                  Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction, Magazine



766-CQT, Bloodletting                                                 St. Mark’s Poetry Project anthology from

 Lyric                                                                            ArtistísCall Against U.S. Intervention in

                                                                                    Central and South America, 1984


“who cries..”Songs they could sing #482                      HAMBONE NO. 4, Santa Cruz, CA 1984

Survival is its own Revenge


“my mother is an indictment”, LAMENT,                       Confirmation, anthology of Afrikan-

August                                                                         American women writers, Quill (Morrow), NY                                                               1983


Betty Carter at theVanguard, Brain Gets                         Black and in Brooklyn, Universal Black Writer Blame II, Keep Watch                                         Press,    3/1983 Bklyn., NY


Getting to Know,                                                          Extended Outlooks, the Iowa Review

Gowanus Canal                                                            Anthology of Contemporary American

                                                                                    women writers, Collier, NY, 1983


With my Honey, Atlanta                                               IKON Magazine, Ikon Press, NY, 1982

Disarm myself and you besides                                                



“my mother is an indictment..,” UMB                            Westside Words, Westside Publishing,

                                                                                    NY, NY


Survival is Its Own Revenge,                                         Black Scholar, Sausalito,CA, 1981

 Revoltillo Bacaloa


To Sister for Mother                                                       Woman Poet East, Women-In-Literature, Reno,

 No One Comes Home to Lonely Women                     NV, 1981


Liberation Begins with Common Sense,                        Pamoja Tutashinda, Spring 1981, Williams

People Giving Up What They Need Not                       College,Williamstown, Massachusetts

Surrender, UMB


"collect images..."                                                         SUNBURY NINE, Sunbury Press,

                                                                                    NY, 1980


Bebop Womantones: Betty Carter inter-                         Heresies: Women in Music, Heresies

 view                                                                            Collective, NY 1980


For Hope                                                                                                                                                                                                          Freshtones: Volume One, edited by Pat                                                                                     Lee, One and One Communications, Inc., NY,                                                                       1978

D&C                                                                                                                                                                                                                 C.O.P.E. (Coping with the Overall Pregnancy-                                                                   Parenting  Experience), edited by Marianne                                                                      Smith, Boston, MA, 1978


"collect images...", For Djamila                                     Conditions: Three, eds. Bulkin, Clausen,                                                                       Klepfisz, Shore, Brooklyn, NY, Spring 1978



AVATAR, D&C, "my mother is an indict ment",              Ordinary Women, eds. Jones, Esteves,

To Every Birth Its Pain                                                   Chiang, Miles, Ordinary Women Press, NY,                                                                              Spring 1978


For Ken, Among the Questions Never Asked                  BOPP, Chapter IV, International

                                                                                    Biannual Literary Magazine, eds.                                                                                     Obayani, Troupe, Cannon, NY 1977


"A girl leaves the shower...",                                          HOODOO 5, Special

                                                                                    Women's Issue, eds.


"mine is the anguish", "we celebrate you"                       Clifton, Khalil, Lorde,

                                                                                    Houston, Energy BlackSouth Press, 1976


Chapbook                                                                    LOVECYCLES, Center for New

                                                                                    Images, NY, 1976


4/16/75                                                                        Essence Magazine, Vol. 6 No. 4,

                                                                                    New York, Essence

                                                                                    Communications, August 1975


"if I could speak you...", To Every Birth Its Pain              Johari II, edited by  William

Womansong, For Marte                                                Stanley, Center for New Images, 1975


Legacy Blues                                                                PIQUE, Williams College,

                                                                                    Williamstown, MA, 1975


Sweet Bitters, you play music too loud                          Knockabout, Williams

                                                                                    College, Williamstown, MA,1975


Prologue, Picture(for Daddy Edwin), On                       BLACK SUN, ed. by Barbara Banks and

 individualism, Prologue, Lovecycles, " i, too..."            Akua Lezli Hope, Williams College,                                                                                     Williamstown, MA, 1975


if i could speak you... , poet can u?                               MWENEA, Queens Community                                                                                     College, New York, 1974


if i could speak you... , poet can u?                               Johari I, Center for New Images, AFRAM,                                                                        Bayside,  N.Y., 1974, Gerald Gladney, editor


music screams in themind, His Own                             Keeping the Faith, anthology of

Maniac Self, Lovesigns, Ode                                         Black American Women Writers ed. by Pat Exum, Fawcett Press, NY, 1974


LIFECYCLES, dramatization of my poetry                        Adams Theatre, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.,                                                    1974


" a girl leaves the shower hummin..."                             Knockabout, Williams College,

We Must Mark Our Ballots, Friends                                1974



Pieces of a Man (prose), Humongous                            Pamoja Tutashinda, Kujichagulia, AfroSociety,                                                                  Williams College. Williamstown MA, 1973


It be's hard bein queenly                                               Kujicahgulia, WBSU  newspaper,

                                                                                    Williams College, Williamstown, MA., Feb,                                                                              1973


poet, can u                                                                   Knockabout, Vol. 1 No. 1, ed. by

                                                                                    Gasperini and Stekler,

                                                                                    Williamstown, MA, Spring 1973


For Sterling Brown                                                        Kujichagulia WBSU newspaper,

                                                                                    Williams College, Williamstown, Mass, Nov.                                                                             1973


To Gabby, For Gabby, To Laura,                                   Pamoja Tutashinda, ed. by

Milk Flows                                                                    Kujichagulia, AfroSociety, Williams College,                                                                       Williamstown, MA, April 1972


Ode, Joe Says the Sister Laughing                                 Line ed. by Cohen, Winter 1972,

                                                                                    Williams College, Williamstown, MA


Homesick                                                                     Led Barron, ed. by James and Walker, Winter                                                                          1972, Williams College, Williamstown, MA


Akua Lezli Hope



As the third generation of my families in the U.S., I've inherited both

the idealism of the first and the skepticism of the second. I'd like to believe that I'm less accepting than either and that I'll be less disappointed.


I write to record the urban, Black, emigré, technopeasant mythos; to

conduct a mythopoeic exploration of ethnicity and interculturality, neo-afrikan american psychographics and semiology, the reinvestment of indigenous jazz and funk with motive force and votive power, identity and acculturation, struggle and joy, transcendence and passion.


I work to improve my craft, to lengthen my reach, to better block, strike, pluck or embrace... to create world class literature, to be a force for good in the world (this relentless call to sing!), and to make peace irresistible.


Thanks for the impetus, thanks for listening.