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Braxton, Joanne M. | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Name: Braxton, Joanne M.

Historical Note: Joanne M. “Jodi” Braxton is the Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her writings include Black Women Writing Autobiography: A Tradition Within a Tradition (Temple University Press, 1989), Sometimes I Think of Maryland (Sunbrury Press, 1977), a collection of poetry, and the play, Crossing Deep River: A Ritual Drama in Three Movements, among other works. Originally published in the influential Journal of Black Poetry in 1969, Braxton is known as a performer of black poetry, including her own work, and especially for her 1970’s collaborations with avante garde jazz musician Marion Brown.

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