Negro Digest
Oct 1965 Vol. 14, No. 12

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Karl Shapiro discusses

The Poet Who Writes in 'Negro'

Down With 'The Tradition'

Decolonization of American Literature


The poet & educator Sarah Webster Fabio (1928-1979) famously responded to Shapiro with an essay of her own entitled Who Speaks Negro?" A Poet's Reply to Karl Shapiro in the December 1966 issue of the Negro Digest. Fabio was a leader in both the Black Studies and Black Arts movements.

Another article by Shapiro on Tolson was reprinted in the May 1965 issue of Negro Digest. You can read a copy of that article here: A Curtain Raised: Melvin B. Tolson, Poet