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David Henderson

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The poet and writer David Henderson was a founding member of the Umbra Poets, an influential collective of poets and writers who were central to the Black Arts Movement. His books include De Mayor of Harlem and Neo-California. He has been widely published in anthologies and magazines, including The Def Jam Poetry Reader, The Paris Review, and Essence. He has read from his poetry for the permanent archives of the Library of Congress. Born in Harlem and raised in Harlem and the Bronx, Henderson now lives in downtown New York City.

Selected work:
Felix of the Silent Forest (poetry), Poets Press, 1967.
(Editor) Umbra Anthology 1967-1968, Society of Umbra, 1968
Umbra blackworks, 1970 ;
De Mayor of Harlem (poetry), Dutton, 1970
Eternity (poetry-video) Site-Specific Productions, 1991
(Editor) Umbra/Latin Soul 1974-1975, Society of Umbra, 1975.
Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child of the Aquarian Age, Doubleday, 1978; condensed and revised and reissued as ?Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child, Simons and Schuster, 2008
The Low East, North Atlantic Books, 1980.
Neo-California, North Atlantic Books, 1998.
New Negro Poets: USA, Indiana University Press, 1964.
Where Is Vietnam? American Poets Respond, Anchor/Doubleday, 1967.
Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing, Morrow, 1968.
The World Anthology: Poems from the Saint Mark’s Poetry Project, Bobbs-Merrill, 1969.
Poetry of the Negro, 1746-1970, Doubleday, 1970.
Open Poetry: Four Anthologies of Expanded Poems. Simon & Schuster, 1973.
Moment’s Notice: Jazz in Poetry & Prose (includes « Sonny Rollins, » « A Coltrane Memorial, » « Thelonious Sphere Monk »), Coffee House Press, 1993.
Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African American Poetry, Signet, 1997.
New Jazz Poets, Broadside, 1967.
Black Poets IV, Pacifica Tape Library, 1973.
Poems: Selections, Library of Congress, 1978.
(With Sun Ra) « Love in Outer Space, » The Singles, Evidence, 1996.
(With Ornette Coleman) The Complete Science Fiction Sessions, Columbia/Legacy
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