Eugene B. Redmond

M.A. Washington University

Editor: Drumvoices Revue

Specializations: Creative Writing, African-American and Multi-Cultural Literature.

An Emeritus Professor of English at SIUE and the editor of Drumvoices Revue, Eugene B. Redmond is an active voice in the local writing community as well as in national and international circles. As a founder of the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club (1986) in East St. Louis, he continues to be instrumental in the lives of novice and experienced writers across the globe.

His awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Pan-African Movement USA, a Pushcart Prize: Best of Small Presses, a Tribute to an Elder from the African Poetry Theater of NYC, an American Book Award (The Eye in the Ceiling: Selected Poems, 1993), and Writing Fellowships from the California, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri and West Virginia Arts Councils. Prof. Redmond was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from SIUE in 2008.

A national and international lecturer, Redmond reaches worldwide audiences with his multicultural messages. In 1999, Redmond joined Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley, Lerone Bennett Jr., August Wilson, and Henry Dumas as an inductee into the National Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. While a professor of English and Poet-in-Residence in Ethnic Studies at California State University-Sacramento (1970-85), he was named and remains Poet Laureate of East St. Louis. In 1976, Doubleday published his critical history, Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry. From 1967-69, he taught at the Experiment in Higher Education (Southern Illinois University-East St. Louis) where his colleagues included Henry Dumas, Joyce Ladner, and Katherine Dunham. He has authored six volumes of poetry and has edited many more. Since 1968 when he became literary executor of the Dumas estate, Redmond has edited several volumes of prose and poetry by the late writer.

Published by: Department of English Language and Literature
Last Update: 15 May 2008 by English Web Manager