• Patricia Smith
    Celebrating Black History Month 2014

    In commemoration of Black History Month, Sampsonia Way recognizes the African-American authors who have contributed their transformative words to our pages, among them Chris Abani, Amiri Baraka, Toi Derricotte, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Nikki Giovanni, Angela Jackson, and Yusef Komunyakaa.

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  • amiri baraka
    In Memoriam: An Interview with the Late Amiri Baraka

    On January 9, 2014Amiri Baraka, poet, playwright and activist, passed away at the age of 79. A leading figure of the Black Arts movement, today we remember Baraka by sharing an interview Sampsonia Way published in 2011, after he came to read with Cave Canem at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh.

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  • Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah
    Two Poems from Patricia Smith

    The poet, teacher and Cave Canem fellow Patricia Smith shares “What Garfield Park Kept Saying” and “An Open Letter to Joseph Peter Naras, Take 2″, two poems from her collection Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. Smith is a guest poet at City of Asylum’s 2012 Jazz Poetry concert.

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