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Eugene B. Redmond

Eugene B. Redmond is an American poet, and academic. His poetry is closely connected to the Black Arts Movement.

Eugene B. Redmond was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University (SIU), and his master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis, both in English Literature. He became a teacher-counselor at Southern Illinois University's Experiment in Higher Education, in East St. Louis until 1969. He left SIU to teach at Oberlin College for a year, and then joined the faculty at California State University, Sacramento as a professor of English. In 1985 he returned to East St. Louis as the special assistant to the superintendent for cultural and language arts at the East St. Louis School District until 1989. He taught at Wayne State University (1989-90), before joining the faculty at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), where he is currently an emeritus professor of English.

Redmond’s published works include a pamphlet poem and six poetry collections, as well as numerous contributions to journals and anthologies. He has edited two anthologies of African-American poetry and eight works by Henry Dumas.

In 1976, Redmond was named Poet Laureate of East St. Louis.

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