Forthcoming from Beacon Press, SOUL CULTURE: BLACK POETS BOOKS AND QUESTIONS THAT GREW ME UP, examines firsthand the lives of legendary Black writers who made a way out of no way to illuminate a road map for budding creators desiring to follow in their footsteps. Acclaimed Cave Canem poet and essayist Remica Bingham-Risher interweaves personal essays and interviews she conducted over a decade with 10 distinguished Black poets such as Lucille Clifton, Sonia Sanchez, and Patricia Smith to explore the impact of identity, joy, love, and history on the artistic process. By capturing the radical love ethic of Blackness amid incessant fear, she has amassed not only a wealth of knowledge about contemporary Black poetry and poetry movements, but also a historical record of Black poetry throughout the latter half of the 20th century, and into the early decades of the 21st. Examining cultural traditions, myths, and music from the Four Tops to Beyoncé, Bingham-Risher reflects on the enduring gifts of art and community. If you've ever felt alone on your journey into the writing world, the words of these poets are for you.