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Afaa M. Weaver


Afaa M. Weaver is a poet, short story writer, playwright, and editor. After beginning his education at the University of Maryland, Weaver left college and worked in a factory for the next 15 years alongside his father and uncles, while still publishing fiction and poetry as well as founding 7th Son Press and the literary journal Blind Alleys. In 1985, Weaver published his first collection of poetry, Water Song, received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for poetry, and attended Brown University’s graduate writing program on a fellowship.

Weaver has gone on to publish 10 poetry collections, including Multitudes, The Ten Lights of God, and City of Eternal Spring. As a playwright, Weaver wrote Rosa, which was produced at the Venture Theatre in Philadelphia. He edited the collection These Hands I Know: African-American Writers on Family, and his short fiction appears in a number of anthologies including Children of the Night.

Weaver has received many accolades, including the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a Fulbright Scholar appointment, and a fellowship from the Pew Foundation. In addition to teaching at the National Taiwan University and Taipei National University of the Arts on his Fulbright, Weaver held the Alumnae Endowed Chair at Simmons College, from which he retired after 20 years on the faculty. He is a member of the core faculty in the Drew MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. His papers are held in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

City of Eternal Spring | poem | The Rumpus
Afaa Michael Weaver, P.O.P | video | Academy of American Poets
Langston Hughes: A Life Dreamed in Letters | article | Huffington Post
Reflections on Amiri Baraka | article | Huffington Post

Festival Years: 2018