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Authors and Literary Works

 Abiodun Oyewole: Works by the Author
 Abiodun Oyewole: Works about the Author

 Lawson Fusao Inada: Works by the Author
 Lawson Fusao Inada: Works about the Author

Abiodun Oyewole

Works by the Author
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Works by the Author

Oyewole, Abiodun. Abiodun Oyewole Plays. Frank Silvera Writers Workshop, 1977.
These plays, including Comments and Sick Slaves, were developed in a workshop setting. Comments is a reply to playwright Ntozake Shange's Obie Award-winning For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, which addresses the struggles of being African American and female.

Oyewole, Abiodun and Umar bin Hassan (with Kim Green). On a Mission: Selected Poems and a History of The Last Poets. New York: Henry Holt, 1996.
This book contains poetry and biographical information on the Last Poets, along with an introduction by author Amiri Baraka.

Oyewole, Abiodun, et al. The Last Poets. NY: Douglas Recording Co, 1970.
This original spoken-word recording includes performances by Oyewole, Alafia Pudim, and Umar bin Hassan.

Oyewole, Abiodun, et al. Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. NY: PolyGramVideo, 1994.
Oyewole, Spearhead, The Pharcyde, The Roots, and Bernie Worrell are just a few of the poets and muscians who headlined this jazz festival to raise money for AIDS treatment and research.


Works about the Author

Katharina Jallow, "Abiodun Oyewole: '25 Years'" Djembe Magazine, no. 18; October 1996.
This review of Oyewole's album presents a brief history of the work and influence of The Last Poets.

Last Poets
This page contains an extensive biography and discography of Abiodun Oyewole and The Last Poets.

Last Poets Interview
This page contains an interview with Abiodun Oyewole.

Oyewole Interview
In this interview, Oyewole talks about politics, poetry, and life.

KCRW Interview

Oyewole and Umar bin Hassan speak about their influence in this interview.


Lawson Fusao Inada

Works by the Author
Works about the Author

Works by the Author

Inada, Lawson Fusao. Before the War: Poems as They Happened. NY: Morrow, 1971.
This group of jazz poems reflects on the experience of the World War II Japanese internment camps.

----. Legends From Camp: Poems. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press; St. Paul, MN: Available through Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, 1992.
These personal, idiosyncratic poems reflect on internment camps, ethnic identity, and jazz.

----. Drawing the Line: Poems. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 1997.
This rich, varied collection was inspired by Japanese Americans who resisted internment at the Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming during WWII and were sent to federal prison.

----. Introduction to No-No Boy, by John Okada. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1976.
Okada's only novel, originally published in 1957, deals with a young Japanese American who refuses to serve in the United States Army during WWII and is imprisoned.

----. "Of Place and Displacement: The Range of Japanese-American Literature." In Three American Literatures: Essays in Chicano, Native American, and Asian-American Literature for Teachers of American Literature, edited by Houston A. Baker Jr. and Walter J. Ong, 254-265. NY: Modern Language Association. of America, 1982.
A consideration of Asian American writing, Inada's essay focuses on geography as a metaphor.

----. Introduction to Unfinished Message: Selected Works of Toshio Mori, by Toshio Mori. Santa Clara: Santa Clara University; Berkeley: Heyday Books, 2000.
This compilation includes stories and letters by the famous Japanese American writer from California.

----. Introduction to Yokohama, California, by Toshio Mori. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1985.
Inada provided the lead-in to this edition of the influential writer's short stories.

Inada, Lawson Fusao, Garrett Kaoru Hongo, and Alan Chong Lau. The Buddha Bandits Down Highway 99: Poetry. Mountain View, CA: Buddhahead Press, 1978.
Called "an exuberant joint collection" by Kent Chadwick, these prose and lyric poems address the themes of identity and place.

Inada, Lawson Fusao (ed). Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience. Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday Books; San Francisco, Calif.: California Historical Society, 2000.
This anthology of writing, artwork, original documents, and propaganda evokes the experience of the World War II internment camps.

Inada, Lawson Fusao and Mary Worthington (eds). In This Great Land of Freedom: The Japanese Pioneers of Oregon. Los Angeles: Japanese American National Museum, 1993.
Published in connection with an exhibition about Issei life in the American Northwest before World War II, this book includes poetry by Inada and a historical essay by scholar Eiichiro Azuma.


Works about the Author

Chan, Jeffrey P., et. al. "An Introduction to Chinese-American and Japanese-American Literature." In Three American Literatures: Essays in Chicano, Native American, and Asian-American Literature for Teachers of American Literature, edited by Houston A. Baker Jr. and Walter J. Ong, 197-228. NY: Modern Language Association of America, 1982.
The author considers Inada's place in the developing field of Asian-American literature.

Chang, Juliana. "Time, Jazz, and the Racial Subject: Lawson Inada's Jazz Poetics." In Racing and (E)Racing Language: Living With the Color of Our Words, edited by Ellen J. Goldner and Safiya Henderson-Holmes, 134-54. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2001.
This article explores Inada's prosody and cultural influences.

Krysl, Marilyn. "Literature as the Music of Community: An Interview with Lawson Fusao Inada." Bloomsbury Review, 17:4 (Jul-Aug 1997): 15-16.
Interview with Inada.

Markee, Michael & Wixon, Vincent
Lawson Fusao Inada: What it Means to be Free

In this video, Inada discusses his experiences growing up as the youngest child in an internment camp and reads several of his poems that spring from those experiences.

PBS Video and companion Web site
Conscience and the Constitution

Narrated by Lawson Fusao Inada, this program tells the controversial story of several young interned Japanese Americans during World War II who were willing to fight for their country, but not unless their rights as US citizens were restored and their families were released from camp.

Salisbury, Ralph. "Dialogue with Lawson Fusao Inada.." Northwest Review 20:2-3 (1982): 60-75. Interview with Inada.

Sato, Gayle K. "Lawson Inada's Poetics of Relocation: Weathering, Nesting, Leaving the Bough." Amerasia Journal, 26:3 (2000-2001): 139-60.
Sato's piece considers the metaphors for immigration in Inada's poetry.

Yogi, Stan. "Yearning for the Past: The Dynamics of Memory in Sansei Internment Poetry." In Memory and Cultural Politics: New Approaches to American Ethnic Literatures, edited by Amritjit Singh et al., 245-65. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1996.
This chapter includes a critical analysis of Legends From Camp.

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