June Jordan was born in Harlem in 1936. She is the author of 27 volumes of poems, essays, libretti, and work for children, including Some Changes (1971); Things That I Do in the Dark: Selected Poetry (1977); and Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan, which was posthumously released in 2005. Her many honors include fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, Yaddo, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Achievement Award for International Reporting from the National Association for Black Journalists. Jordan taught at a number of universities and colleges including the City College of New York, Yale University, Sarah Lawrence College, Connecticut College, SUNY at Stony Brook, and the University of California, Berkeley, where she founded Poetry for the People. Jordan died in 2002.
Audio Recordings with June Jordan
- June Jordan reading her poems with comment in the Recording Laboratory, June 14, 1974
- June Jordan reading her poems in the Coolidge Auditorium, Feb. 12, 1979″