Biographies Etheridge Knight (1931-1991)

Etheridge Knight was born in Corinth, Mississippi, in 1931. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1947 to 1951. In 1960 he was arrested for armed robbery and spent eight years in an Indiana prison where he began to write poetry. Knight is the author of five poetry collections, including Belly Song and Other Poems (1973); Born of a Woman: New and Selected Poems (1980); and The Essential Etheridge Knight (1986), which won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. His other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Knight taught at a number of colleges and universities, including the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Hartford, and Lincoln University. He died in 1991.

Audio Recordings with Etheridge Knight

Selected Works at the Library of Congress