From the archives: the Dark Room Collective photographed by Kwaku Alston

Back in 1996, Kwaku Alston photographed the Dark Room Collective, a group of African-American poets—founded by Thomas Sayers Ellis and Sharan Strange—that ignited a literary movement. The New Yorker published one of his portraits of the collective at the time (in its June 24, 1996, issue), and this week, another image from that session appears in The New York Times.

“Scholars say that what has grown from the collective is a boom in African-American poetry that’s arguably as aesthetically significant in the writing world as the work of the Beat Generation, the New York School, the Fugitives, the Black Arts Movement, even the Harlem Renaissance,” writes Jeff Gordinier in “The Dark Room Collective: Where Black Poetry Took Wing.” (Read more here.)

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The Dark Room Collective (from left): Natasha Trethewey, Kevin Young, Major Jackson, Nehassaiu deGannes, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Sharan Strange, Adisa Vera Beatty. Photo by Kwaku Alston.

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