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“O for a Muse of fire,
that would ascend
The brightest heaven
of invention,
A kingdom for a
stage, princes to act
And monarchs to
behold the swelling
scene!”
-Willam Shakespeare
King Henry V





QUINCY TROUPE

Quincy Troupe


Quincy Troupe is the author of fifteen books, including seven volumes of poetry, the latest of which is Transcircularities; New and selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2002), selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best books of poetry published in 2002. He is Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing and American and Caribbean Literature at the University of California, San Diego, the founding Editorial Director for Code Magazine, and former Artistic Director of “Artists on the Cutting Edge,” a reading and performance series held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. He was the first official Poet Laureate of the state of California, appointed by Governor Gray Davis and is presently the Editor of Black Renaissance Noire Noire, an academic, cultural, political and , literary journal published by the Africana Studies Program and the Institute of African American Affairs at New York University.

Troupe has published his poetry, articles and essays in over 200 publications worldwide, and his poetry and prose have been translated into many languages. He has read his work throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Brazil. He has taught at UCLA, Ohio University, The

College of Staten Island (CUNY), the University of Ghana, Legon, Lagos University, Lagos, Nigeria, California State University, Sacramento, and in the Columbia University Graduate Writing Program.

Mr. Troupe is the recipient of two American Book Awards, the prestigious Peabody Award. He is the two-time winner of the prestigious Heavyweight-Champion of Poetry (1994 and 1995)and has been featured on two PBS television series on poetry: The United States of Poetry (1996), and Bill Moyers’ The Power of the Word (1989) for which Mr. Troupe’s segment, The Living Language, received a 1990 Emmy Award for Television Excellence.

Troupe has published five other volumes of poetry: Embryo (Barlenmir House, 1971), Skulls Along the River (I. Reed Books, 1984), Weather Reports: New and Selected Poems (Harlem River Press, 1991, re-issued in 1997), Avalanche (Coffee House Press, 1997) and Choruses (Coffee House Press, 1999). In 1995 New Alliance Records released Root Doctor, a CD of Mr. Troupe reading his poems accompanied by jazz and blues guitarist, Phil Upchurch.

The University of California Press published his twelfth book, Miles and Me: A Memoir of Miles Davis Davis, in March 2000, , which he has completed a screenplay based for: the movie is scheduled for release during the fall/winter of 2005. He has published two books for children: take it to the hoop, Magic Johnson (Jump at the Sun/ Hyperion Books for Children, 2000) with illustrations by Shane W. Evans, and Little Stevie Wonder Wonder, (Houghton , Mifflin, April, 2005) with illustrations by Lisa Cohen, based on the life of popular singer and musician, Stevie Wonder.

Currently, Mr. Troupe is writing a libretto for an opera on the late jazz musician, Sun Ra, with the saxophonist, composer, Fred Ho, for the Harold Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia. He is also completing work on a novel, The Legacy of Charlie Footman Footman, an “auto- , automemoir” of his own life, memoir” The Accordion Years: 1965 to 2005 2005, and, as , always he continues to write poetry. Troupe lives in New York City and Montebello, Guadeloupe, with his wife, Margaret.

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