Saint Louis Beacon Spotlight on Howard Rambsy II

by Phillip Witteveen on February 20, 2013

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Howard Rambsy II, author of The Black Arts Enterprise and the Production of African American Poetry was featured recently in the Saint Louis Beacon in an interview about his work, teaching style, and influences. Rambsy’s career in black literature and history has taken him to Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, where Eugene Redmond, the Poet Laureate of East St. Louis who inspired him with his book Drumvoices, resides.

As an assistant professor of English Language and Literature at SIUE, he works in studying black arts, visual literacy and how texts influence readers. Rambsy is also director of the university’s Black Studies Program, and involves himself with a diverse genre of multi-media projects, including collaborations on exhibits with Redmond. A notable project of Rambsy’s was the Malcolm X Mixtape, which included 10 original rap songs, and 5 video compositions – all produced by students under his direction.

Read the full profile at the Saint Louis Beacon and discover what Rambsy has to say about The Black Arts Enterprise and the Production of African American Poetry in his acclaimed book from the University of Michigan Press.

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