Awards & Winners

Amiri Baraka

Date of Birth 07-October-1934
Place of Birth Newark
(New Jersey, Essex County, United States of America, Area codes 862 and 973, Area code 973, Area code 862)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Everett LeRoi Jones, Baraka, Amiri, Imamu Amiri Baraka, LeRoy Jones, Imamu Baraka, LeRoi Jones
Profession Writer, Poet, Teacher, Actor, Author, Playwright
Amiri Baraka, formerly known as LeRoi Jones and Imamu Amear Baraka, was an American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays and music criticism. He was the author of numerous books of poetry and taught at a number of universities, including the State University of New York at Buffalo and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received the PEN Open Book Award, formerly known as the Beyond Margins Award, in 2008 for Tales of the Out and the Gone. Baraka's poetry and writing has attracted both extreme praise and condemnation. Within the African-American community, some compare him to James Baldwin and call Baraka one of the most respected and most widely published Black writers of his generation. Others have said his work is an expression of violence, misogyny, homophobia and racism. Baraka's brief tenure as Poet Laureate of New Jersey, involved controversy over a public reading of his poem "Somebody Blew Up America?" and accusations of anti-semitism, and some negative attention from critics, and politicians.

Awards by Amiri Baraka

Check all the awards nominated and won by Amiri Baraka.


American Book Awards
Honored for : Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music


Beyond Margins Award
Honored for : Tales of the Out & the Gone


American Book Awards
Honored for : Black Thunder: An Anthology of African-American Drama


American Book Awards
Honored for : Anthology of African American Women


Obie Award for Best New American Play
Honored for : Dutchman
(Best American Play)