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Ishmael Reed

2002 Recipient - Ishmael Reed

Ishmael Reed co-founded the East Village, an underground newspaper that received a national reputation in 1965. He has produced seven novels, four books of poetry, two collections of essays, five plays, one libretto and numerous reviews and critical articles in addition to editing two major anthologies. He also wrote plays to provide black actors with roles that were more challenging than the stereotypical ones available to them in the movie, television and theatre industries. Mr. Reed has taught at Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth, and for twenty years he has been a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley.