Arthur R. Flowers
Arthur Flowers (Photo: WideVision Photography) is a Vietnam veteran, blues singer, co-founder of the New Renaissance Writer’s Guild, and a Memphis native.
Arthur Flowers considers himself a contemporary griot, referring to the storytellers of ancient African societies who passed on the history of their people to future generations through the oral tradition. Using spellbinding “performance poetry”, Flowers accompanies his presentations with African instruments.
“There are those of us in African American literature who feel that we are heirs to two literary traditions, the western written tradition and the African oral one, and try in the fusion to contribute something to the evolution of both.” —Arthur Flowers
Arthur Flowers teaches at Syracuse University in the English Department’s MFA program in Creative Writing. A native of Memphis, he has been Executive Director of the Harlem Writers Guild and co-founder of the New Renaissance Writers Guild and the Pan African Literary Forum. He is a blues-based performance poet who considers himself literary heir to both the Western written tradition and the African oral one. He lives in Syracuse, New York.
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