WRITING TO THE BEAT: THE POETRY & PROSE OF LANGSTON HUGHES
An exhibition in the Library Rotunda
Hughes was a prolific writer of poetry as well as prose, plays, and at least one movie script. He also edited numerous anthologies of poetry and translated the works of Spanish-language poets, such as Federico García Lorca and Gabriela Mistral. He continued to write until his death in 1967.
The current exhibition in the Library Rotunda showcases some of Langston Hughes' books from Special Collections. They were acquired on the Albin O. Kuhn Endowment and as gifts from Gloria Oden Bell, a renowned poet in her own right and a longtime professor in UMBC’s Department of English. The show was curated by Nathaniel Mesekale, Student Assistant in Special Collections and Graduating Senior in the Department of History, and Tom Beck, Chief Curator.