David Henderson

2002 EP. NO. 1
DAVID HENDERSON is a poet-activist who played prominently during the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, and is known for his classic poetry collection, De Mayor of Harlem. He has since authored numerous poetry collections, books, plays and documentaries, notably: Felix of the Silent Forest; Soul Syndicate; The Low East; Neo-California (Poetry); Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child (re-titled in Paperback: Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky: The Life Of Jimi Hendrix (Biography)); Ghetto Fouies (Musical Play); Bob Kaufman, Poet (Radio Documentary); and Eternity (Site-Specific Performance Piece/Video). His works have appeared in City Lights Journal; Hambone; Saturday Review; UM. Resisters League Poems of Protest For The Year 2000; In Defense of Mumia (2000), Norton; Poetry in Performance (2001); Drumvoices Review (2001); and Bum Rush The Page; Def Poetry Jam (2002). His poetry and lyrics are featured on Ornette Coleman’s “Science Fiction LP”; “Love In Outerspace” recorded by the Sun Ra Arkestra; and “Let The Music Take You” recorded by the David Murray Big Band conducted by Butch Morris. His works were also Recorded at the Library of Congress for their archive of contemporary poetry.

Henderson has taught as a visiting professor at City College of New York; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, San Diego; Creighton University; Naropa Institute (Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics); The State University Of New York At Stonybrook; The New School University; and has served as an educational consultant at The San Francisco & Berkeley, California School Districts; The Oakland Unified School District and the New York City Public School System. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Teachers’ and Writer’s Collaborative and University Without Walls, and as a consultant with The Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art Program and Artsgenesis. A founding editor of Umbra Magazine (Umbra 1 & 2 (with Calvin Hernton and Tom Dent); Umbra Anthology; Umbra/blackworks; Umbra Latin/Soul) and The East Village Other (alternative culture newspaper), Henderson is also the founder of the Third World Dept. at Pacifica KPFA radio, and a consultant to Tribes Magazine.

Having participated in numerous performances, poetry festivals and panels, Henderson has received numerous awards, including: The Great Lakes Colleges Association Award for De Mayor of Harlem; A National Federation Of Community Broadcasters’ Award For “Bob Kaufman, Poet”- Radio Documentary; California Arts Council “New Genre Writing” Grant 1992; Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts 1998 grant; and a 1999 New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Poetry.

Last updated 2009.

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