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Charles H. Lynch

Author's Bio

I attended Kenyon College (A.B.) and The City College of New York (M.A.). My doctoral dissertation at NYU was on the lives and poetry of Robert Hayden and Gwendolyn Brooks. I use diverse forms and content to reflect my lifelong fascination with the varieties of spoken English--portraiture, narrative, brief lyric, prose poem, confession, elegy, found poems, dramatic monologue, scatter lines, documentary and imagistic vignette. At times, the poem that emerges from this celebration of sound and diction is an exercise in form, or an experiment in wordplay, or a simple, discursive narrative. Poems may "channel" the dialects of relatives and neighbors from inner city Baltimore; Bedford Stuyvesant; West Cape May, New Jersey; and folks in South Carolina's Low Country. My poetic alter ego, Herald, accommodates rural African Americans' wisdom, concerns, and humor.

Publications and Prizes

Black American Literary Forum, Chelsea, Crab Orchard Review, Rattapallax, Saint Ann's Review, The Ledge, World Order

Personal Favorites

Favorite Authors:
Whitman, Ginsburg, Gwen Brooks, Robert Hayden, May Swenson, Neruda, Alan Dugan, Dorianne Laux, Sterling Brown, Bob Marley, Joel Agee, Kwame Dawes, Salinger, Amiri Baraka, Afaa Weaver, Holderlin, Philip Levine, Chinua Achebe, Stephen Crane, Peter Murphy, Joyce, Evie Shockley, Wallace Stevens, Wislawa Symborska, Paule Marshall

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Listing last updated: June 21, 2013

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African American
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Baltimore, MD
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Baltimore, MD

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

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