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Alexis De Veaux

Warrior Poet, Spirits in the Street


Alexis De Veaux, Ph. D, is a poet, playwright, short fiction writer, essayist and biographer whose work is nationally and internationally known. Co-Founder of The Center for Poetic Healing (a project of Lyrical Democracies) and of the Flamboyant Ladies Theatre Company (with Gwendolen Hardwick), she is also the author of  Warrior Poet, A Biography of Audre Lorde. The first biography of the pioneering lesbian poet, Warrior Poet has won several prestigious awards including the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Legacy Award, Nonfiction (2005), the Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Outstanding Book Award (2004), and the Lambda Literary Foundation Award for Biography (2004). In other media, Ms. De Veaux’s work appears on several recordings, including the highly-acclaimed album, Sisterfire (Olivia Records, 1985). As an artist and lecturer she has traveled extensively throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, Japan and Europe; and is recognized for her on-going contributions to a number of community-based organizations. She was named “Best Literary Artist” for 2005 by Buffalo’s premier cultural newspaper, ARTVOICE. In 2007 she was awarded a “Literary Legacy Award” from Just Buffalo Literary Center for her lifetime commitment to literature and literary advocacy.

Born and raised in Harlem, Ms. De Veaux is published in five languages-English, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese and Serbo-Croatian. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications, and she is the author of Spirits In The Street (1973); an award-winning children’s book, Na-ni (1973); Don’t Explain (1980); Blue Heat: A Portfolio of Poems and Drawings (1985); Spirit Talk (1997); An Enchanted Hair Tale (1987), a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award presented by the American Library Association and the Lorraine Hansberry Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature. Ms. De Veaux’s plays include Circles, (1972); The Tapestry (1975); A Season to Unravel (1979); NO (1980); and Elbow Rooms (1986).

Ms. De Veaux was a member of the faculty of the University at Buffalo; teaching, most recently, as an associate professor of women’s and gender studies in the Department of Transnational Studies. She recently completed a novella, YABO, published by Redbone Press.

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