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Narrator Kevin Kenerly on the Poetry of Langston Hughes

Narrator Kevin Kenerly tells AudioFile listeners about his experience performing the poetry of Langston Hughes in the Earphones Award-winning audio anthology, THREE POETS OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE. Listen to Kevin read Hughes's poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" below.

"What touched me most was not only Langston Hughes's ability to so beautifully write the lived experience of African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance, both joyful and painful, but also to touch on how our stories are universal."—Narrator Kevin Kenerly

by Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Countee Cullen 
read by Kevin Kenerly, Robin Miles, Ron Butler 
AudioFile Earphones Award
Blackstone Audio

In this inspiring anthology of more than 250 poems from the Harlem Renaissance, narrator Ron Butler accentuates the classical tones and themes of Countee Cullen. Robin Miles finds the warmth and intelligence in Georgia Douglas Johnson’s best work. And Kevin Kenerly captures Langston Hughes’s distinct groundbreaking jazz rhythms. As performed by these fine narrators, the poems sound as fresh, fabulous, and necessary as they did 100 years ago. A wonderful introduction to a vital literary world.

Explore more audiobooks in Kevin Kenerly's audiography.

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