Ted Wilson author of "Slo' Dance" (Shamal Books)
Veteran writer/activist Ted Wilson celebrates the publication of
his poetry and prose with an initial series of booksignings in and around New
York City. While the book, Slo' Dance (Shamal Books), is his first full
length collection, Mr. Wilson is no newcomer to New York's literary circles.
A third-generation native of Harlem, Wilson began his creative and activist
career during the 1960s Black Arts Movement, developing alongside such
literary figures as Henry Dumas, Larry Neal, Askia Muhammad Toure, Sonia
Sanchez, and Amiri Baraka, whose introduction to Slo' Dance takes note of
Wilson's contributory role "as an active and conscious player in that
Commenting on the work, internationally acclaimed poet Jayne Cortez
describes Slo' Dance as "...the result of a forty-year search for a sense of
understanding the racial experience in urban America."
"His words inform, infuse our lives with precision and politics and
love," adds the venerable Sonia Sanchez.
A former co-editor for Liberator and founder of Pride, two of the
lead magazines for that era's budding writers, Wilson was first anthologized
in the 1968 release of Black Fire (Neal, Baraka).
With a literary-activist career spanning four decades, he has
remained among the several stalwart cultural workers on behalf of a U.S.-Pan
African arts community, producing numerous community cultural events and
reading series, while continuously contributing to reputable journals and
anthologies, among them, Black American Literature Forum, African Voices,
Callaloo, New Rain, and in the relatively recent award-winners Bum Rush The
Page, and In Defense of Mumia, to name a few.
Copies of Ted Wilson's Slo' Dance may be obtained directly from the
publisher, either online (Shamalbooks@aol.com) or at Shamal Books, GPO Box
16, New York City 10116. For further information, contact Ted Wilson at (973)
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