Martin, Andrew / Poems of Dennis Brutus : a checklist, 1945-2004
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46 BRUTUS: POETRY CHECKLIST Contributors Andrew Martin Andrew Martin is a literary researcher/bibliographer at the National English Literary Museum in Grahamstown, South Africa. He has a Bachelor of Social Science Degree and Post-Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science from the University of Cape Town. He collaborated with Hein Willemse on a bibli- ography of the South African poets Peter E. Clarke and James Matthews con- tained in More than Brothers: Peter Clarke and James Matthews at Seventy, pub- lished by Kwela in 2000, and has had a few of his own poems published. Dennis Brutus Dennis Brutus was born in Southern Rhodesia in 1924, and moved to South Africa with his family at an early age. He was schooled in Port Elizabeth and attended Fort Hare, after which he taught at schools in Port Elizabeth. It was during this time that Dennis Brutus' political activism began, in opposition to apartheid and, in particular, to the refusal of the government to allow black athletes to represent South Africa internationally. As a founder and secretary of the South African Sports Association (SASA) from 1958, and later as founding chairman of the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SANROC), in 1963, he was instrumental in secur- ing South Africa's expulsion from the Olympic games and other international sporting events. Brutus' activities resulted in his being banned by the South African government and prohibited from being published or even quoted. This prompted a move to Johannesburg to study law at University of the Witwatersrand. After an attempt to leave South Africa, Brutus was arrested and then shot by South African police in an escape attempt. He was sentenced to eighteen months of hard labor on Robben Island. After his release in 1965, Brutus was placed under house arrest until 1966, when he was granted an exit permit to leave South Africa. He and his family moved to Britain, where Brutus served as a director of the World Campaign for the Release of Political Prisoners and worked for the International Defense and Aid Fund. Brutus moved to the United States in 1970 to take up a visiting professorship at the University of Denver. Since 1971 he has taught at several universities, includ- ing Northwestern University and, more recently, the University of Pittsburgh. He has received numerous literary and humanitarian awards and accolades including the Mbari Prize for Poetry (1963), and the First Annual Paul Robeson Award for Excellence, Political Consciousness, and Integrity (1989). Brutus was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent by the Gwendolyn Brooks Center at Chicago State University in 2004. Brutus, now eighty, remains a fearless fighter against injustice and inequality-particularly world poverty, Third World debt, and globalization. As a poet, he has published several volumes of poetry, and his poems have been published in a wide range of journals, newspapers, and anthologies. His latest collection is Remembering Soweto 1976 (Whirlwind Press, 2004), and another, Leafdrift (Whirlwind Press), is forthcoming. Bernth Lindfors Bernth Lindors is a Professor Emeritus of English and African Literatures at the University of Texas at Austin. Lindfors is a literary scholar and critic, editor, bibliog- rapher, and author. Born in northern Sweden, Lindfors and his family moved to the United States, where he attended Oberlin College and then Harvard University for a master's degree in teaching, and Northwestern University for his degree in English. Lindlfors moved to East Africa where he taught English, history, and geog- raphy. He accepted a faculty position at the University of Texas at Austin in 1969 and subsequently created and edited a journal, Research in African Literatures, that continues to be one of the premier journals in its field. Lindfors has written and edited several books on Anglophone African literature and has received two honorary doctorates and multiple awards.
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