Langston Hughes: Poet Of The People


Our Olio session will examine the times and works of a great American poet, Langston Hughes. Born James Mercer Langston Hughes in Joplin, Missouri, Langston Hughes, began writing poetry in high school.  His first book of poetry, The Weary Blues (Knopf, 1926) was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1026. Claiming Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman as his main influences, Hughes portrayed African-American life in the United States from the twenties through the sixties. His engagement with the worlds of jazz and blues produced poetry noted for its rhythms and musical allusions. A noted author of what became known as the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes wrote about and in the voice of the ordinary people of black America.  Rather than appeal to a small audience of elite readers, Langston spoke in “language and themes, attitudes and ideas familiar to anybody who had the ability simply to read.” (Donald Gibson, Modern Black Poets: A Collection of Critical Essays (Prentice Hall, 1973).  Like Whitman, he sought to be a “people’s poet.”  


Learn more about the Harlem Renaissance and the work of one of America’s finest literary artists.  We won’t merely read: we will listen to a few Smithsonian Folkways recordings of Hughes reciting some of his noted works!




Location: Round K

99 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Round K is a New Coffee Shop at 99 Allen St. with a Korean twist.




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Other upcoming Olios


Jan 22

Living Room Salon | Our Struggle with Free Will

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Jan 24

Living Room Salon | Tough Poetry in Dark Times

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Jan 31

The Dangerous Pleasure of Art

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Blender Workspace

Sign Up - $20

Feb 1

Feb 2

OlioHouse | Our Stories, Our Bodies: Rape Culture in American History

Taught by Jamie Warren
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Feb 6

Olio Seminar | Space, Time, & Work: Understanding Labor

Taught by Lauren Hudson
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

Sign Up - $75

Feb 8

Rethinking Refugee Trauma and Mental Health

Taught by Kim Nguyen
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Feb 9

OlioHouse | The Love Symposium

Taught by Skye Cleary
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Feb 15

Philosophy and Friendship

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Feb 21

Living Room Salon | Music and Environmentalism

Taught by Kristy Barbacane
7 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Feb 25

What Would Buffy Do? Radical Feminism and the Slayer

Taught by Jamie Warren
7:30 p.m. at Neuehouse Madison Sq.

Sign Up - $20

Feb 28

Into the Mystic: Music & the Moving Image

Taught by Whitney George
7:30 p.m. at Blender Workspace

Sign Up - $20

May 29

Composing Beauty: Mapplethorpe’s Quest for Perfection

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at BAM Fisher

Sign Up - $20


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