Patterson, Raymond R., 1983 - 1987, 1989
Scope and Contents
Poet and English professor Raymond Patterson delivered 3 lectures. His work appeared in numerous publications and poetry anthologies. He spoke to the course on 11/1/1983 (2015-0002/RR244), 9/16/1986 (2015-0002/RR245), and 9/15/1987 2015-0002/RR246).
Patterson was the author of 26 Ways of Looking at a Black Man and Other Poems, Elemental Blues, as well as two librettos written for operas composed by UConn professor Hale Smith. Smith set Patterson’s poetry to other compositions as well. Patterson’s poetry also appeared in publications like Transatlantic Review, Ohio Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal and anthologies including The Poetry of the Negro, New Black Voices, The Norton Introduction to Literature, and The Best American Poetry 1996.
In addition to Patterson’s career as a poet, he was on faculty at City College of the City University of New York, and was founder of the Langston Hughes Festival, which he directed from 1973-1993.
AC 15 Professor Patterson spoke about the genres of one act plays and poems using his published works as examples.
RR 244 Professor Hale Smith introduces Raymond Patterson. Patterson's presentation has three sections: himself as writer, followed by readings from some of his works, and ending with a conversation with members of the audience.
RR 245 Raymond Patterson reads his poetry and talks about some of the things that are important to him as a poet and respond to questions from the audience.
RR 246 Raymond Patterson speaks about what his has been doing as a poet and what he has been most recently thinking about, especially in regards as to "The Arts."
- 1983 - 1987, 1989
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Biographical / Historical
Raymond Richard Patterson was born in Harlem, New York on December 14, 1929 and moved to Long Island with his family as a teenager and remained in the New York area most of his life. He received a B.A. from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania), M.A. in English from New York University in 1954.
Patterson taught English at Benedict College in South Carolina, in the New York City public schools, and at City University of New York, where he was a professor from 1968 until 1992. He served as an executive board member of the Poetry Society of America, PEN American Center, and the Walt Whitman Birthplace. In 1973, Patterson founded the Langston Hughes Festival at CUNY and served as its director until 1993.
Patterson wrote librettos for two operas by Hale Smith – David Walker and Goree – and his work was also featured in Three Patterson Lyrics, another composition by Hale Smith, which premiered at Alice Tully Hall in 1985. His poetry also appeared in publications like Transatlantic Review, Ohio Review and Beloit Poetry Journal, as well as in numerous anthologies including The Poetry of the Negro, New Black Voices, The Norton Introduction to Literature and The Best American Poetry of 1996.
Patterson, poet, opera librettist, and educator died April 5, 2001 at the age of 71.
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_R._Patterson / https://aaregistry.org/story/raymond-r-patterson-a-poet-from-harlem/ / https://furiousflower.org/raymond-patterson/ / https://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/12/arts/raymond-patterson-71-poet-and-professor.html]
3 Reels (Magnetic tape audio recordings) : RR 244 01:24:43; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. RR 245 01:29:46; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. RR 246 01:29:31; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester.
1 Cassettes (Audio cassette recording) : AC Side A-0:48:13, SideB-0:31:42. The combined run time of the digital recording is 1:19:50.
Language of Materials
From the Series: English
- African American authors Subject Source: Fast
- African American educators Subject Source: Fast
- African American poets Subject Source: Fast
- African Americans Subject Source: Fast
- African Americans in popular culture Subject Source: Fast
- Black Experience in the Arts Course (University of Connecticut) -- Sound recordings Subject Source: Local sources
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