Poets Writing About Jazz Culture

This is a partial list of African American poets who created poetry about jazz tradition and culture.

Amiri Baraka

Arna Bontemps

Marvin Brown

Oscar Brown, Jr.

Sterling Brown

Jayne Cortez

Sarah Webster Fabio

Nikki Giovanni

David Henderson

Verta Mae Grossner

Gil Scott Heron

Langston Hughes

The Last Poets

Yusef Komunyaaka

Ishmael Reed

Sonia Sanchez

Anthony Stowers

Quincy Troupe


Jazz Poetry Anthology, edited by Sascha Feinstein and Komunyakaa, (Indiana University Press, 1991)

The Second Set: The Jazz Poetry Anthology, Volume 2, edited by Feinstein and Komunyakaa (Indiana University Press, 1996)

Jazz Poetry: From the 1920s to the Present, by Feinstein (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997)