Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: April 19, 1931 - Etheridge Knight

Image from www.poetryfoundation.org
From The Notable Kentucky African Americans Database -
(accessed April 18, 2016)
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/etheridge-knightKnight, Etheridge
Birth Year : 1931
Death Year : 1991
Etheridge Knight was born near Corinth, MS and grew up in Paducah, KY. He was the son of Bushie and Belzora Knight, one of their seven children. He mastered the art of toast - a form of poetry that dates back to the 19th century and began writing poetry while serving an eight year sentence in Indiana State Prison, including Poems from Prison and Black Voices From Prison. Knight was a member of the Black Arts Movement. He was also a veteran and had been a medic in the Army during the Korean War. Knight was the husband of Sonia Sanchez, they divorced in 1972 and the following year Knight married Mary Ann McAnally. For more see In Black and White. A guide to magazine articles, newspaper articles, and books concerning Black individuals and groups, 3rd ed. Supp.; "Etheridge Knight" in Notable African American Writers; and Etheridge Knight, Jr. Papers at the Indiana Historical Society.

See photo and additional information on Etheridge Knight at the Poetry Foundation website.
Subjects: Authors, Migration North, Military & Veterans, Poets, Corrections and Police
Geographic Region: Corinth, Mississippi / Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky / Indianapolis, Indiana

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Knight, Etheridge. Black Voices from Prison. New York: Pathfinder, 1970. Print.
PS508.N3 K6,  Young Library Books - 5th Floor  

Knight, Etheridge. The Essential Etheridge Knight. Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey, 1998. Print.
Online Access

Knight, Etheridge. Belly Song and Other Poems. 1st Ed.]. ed. Detroit: Broadside, 1973. Print.
PS3561.N45 B4, Young Library Books - 5th Floor      

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