"[Henry Dumas] had completed work, the quality and quantity of which are almost never achieved in several lifetimes. ...He was brilliant. He was magnetic and he was an incredible artist....[Dumas] was able to penetrate, almost like an archeologist, those areas that comprise the extraordinary, varied experiences of black people of all ages. I don't know too many young men or young people who could write about old people the way he does, or write about love the way he does, or write about very young black boys the way he does. It's extraordinary."--Toni Morrison, in an interview with the "Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Hale Chatfield is the founder and editor of the "Hiram Poetry Review. "
Eugene Redmond is Poet-in-Residence at Oberlin College.
John Wright is associate professor of African American and African studies and English at the University of Minnesota and is faculty scholar for the Archie Givens, Sr., Collection of African American Literature and Life. He coedited, with Michael S. Harper, "A Ralph Ellison Festival" (a special volume of the Carleton Miscellany).