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Redmond, Eugene, 1977 - 1987

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Poet and English professor Eugene Redmond delivered 4 lectures. He spoke on 10/25/1977 (2015-0002/RR253), 9/27/1983 (2015-0002/RR254), 10/2/1984 (2015-0002/RR255), and 10/13/1987 (2015-0002/RR256). Redmond is a famous and prolific poet and professor having written or edited over 25 volumes of poetry, diverse writings, plays, and the posthumously published works by Henry Dumas. Redmond's most well-known piece of literature is Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry. Redmond has won a large amount of awards for this contribution to poetry including an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, American Book Award, an Honorary Doctorate from SIUE, and many more.

RR 253 Hale Smith introduces Professor Redmond. Redmond's lecture is about the Black Experience.

RR 254 Hale Smith introduces poet and literary historian, Eugene Redmond. Mr. Redmond discusses "oxymoronic."

RR 255 Edward O'Connor reminds students of the objectives of the course. Speakers are asked to address one of two topics: personal experience as a practicing artist and/or knowledge about the history of their field. The speaker for this class is Eugene Redmond, leading historian of Black American poetry. Mr. Redmond's talk is about colorful underpinings to his own creative expression and to Afro American writers in general.

RR 256 Leon Bailey introduces Eugene Redmond who begins his presentation with an invocation (call and response), a poem by Henry Dumas.


  • 1977 - 1987

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Biographical / Historical

Eugene B. Redmond was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University (SIU) in 1964, and his master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1966, both in English Literature. He became a teacher-counselor at Southern Illinois University's Experiment in Higher Education, in East St. Louis, where he worked under the direction of Dr. Edward W. Crosby, his mentor, until 1969. He left SIU to teach at Oberlin College for a year, and then joined the faculty at California State University, Sacramento, as a professor of English. In 1985 he returned to East St. Louis as the special assistant to the superintendent for cultural and language arts at the East St. Louis School District until 1989. He taught at Wayne State University (1989–1990), before joining the faculty at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), where he is currently an emeritus professor of English.

Redmond’s published works include a pamphlet poem and six poetry collections, as well as numerous contributions to journals and anthologies. He has edited two anthologies of African-American poetry and eight works by Henry Dumas. Dumas had taught at nearby Hiram College before he was shot down in a New York subway, in a case of mistaken identity. It was Dr. Crosby who pushed to have SIU put Dumas's writings into publication and urged Redmond to edit the works, which Redmond continues to do to this day.

In 1976, Redmond was named Poet Laureate of East St. Louis.

Redmond published his survey and analysis of 200 years of African-American poetry, Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry, A Critical History, in 1976. He is the founding editor of Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural literary journal jointly published by the English Department of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club.

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4 Reels (Magnetic tape audio recordings ) : RR 253 1 reel, Side A-1:02:55, Side B-0:06:48; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. RR 254 1 reel, 1:08:49; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. RR 255 1 reel, 1:05:24; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. RR 256 1 reel, 0:44:56; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester.

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From the Series: English

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Digitized recordings available online.

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