Haki Madhubuti is a Top 100 AALBC.com Bestselling Author Making Our List 4 Times
As poet, publisher, editor and educator, Haki R. Madhubuti (b. Donald Luther Lee, 1942, Little Rock, AR) serves as a pivotal figure in the development of a strong Black literary tradition, emerging from the era of the sixties and continuing to the present. Over the years, he has published more than 30 books and is one of the world’s best-selling authors of poetry and non-fiction, with books in print in excess of 3 million. His Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous?: The African American Family in Transition (1990) has sold over 1,000,000 copies. Other book include Claiming Earth: Race, Rage, Rape, Redemption (1994), GroundWork: New and Selected Poems 1966-1996 (1996), and HeartLove: Wedding and Love Poems (1998). Mr. Madhubuti also co-edited two volumes of literary works from Gallery 37, Releasing the Spirit (1998), and Describe the Moment (2000). His poetry and essays were published in over thirty anthologies from 1997-2001.
He is a much sought-after poet and lecturer, and has convened workshops and served as guest/keynote speaker at thousands of colleges, universities, libraries and community centers in the U.S. and abroad. A proponent of independent Black institutions, Mr. Madhubuti is the founder, publisher, and chairman of the board of Third World Press (1967), co-founder of the Institute of Positive Education/New Concept School (1969), and co-founder of Betty Shabazz International Charter School (1998) in Chicago, Illinois. He is also a founder and board member of the National Association of Black Book Publishers, a founder and chairman of the board of The International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, founder and director of the National Black Writers Retreat. Currently, Haki R. Madhubuti is the Distinguished University Professor, founder and director emeritus of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing and director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at Chicago State University. Photo credit Troy Johnson, AALBC.com (2001)