Arna Wendell Bontemps was born in Alexandria, Louisiana, in 1902. A poet, novelist, and librarian, Bontemps was active in the Harlem Renaissance. His best-known works include the novel God Sends Sunday (1931), which was later adapted into a musical in collaboration with Countee Cullen, and a collection of poems edited with Langston Hughes titled The Poetry of the Negro (1949). He was head librarian at Fisk University in Tennessee, where he worked until his death in 1973.
Audio Recordings with Arna Wendell Bontemps
- Arna Wendell Bontemps reading his poems with comment at radio station WPLN, Nashville Public Library, May 22, 1963.