Melvin B. Tolson

1898–1966
Melvin B. Tolson

Anchored by the masterful long poem “Dark Symphony,” Melvin B. Tolson's Rendezvous with America (1944) surveyed the historical achievements of African Americans while detailing the challenges they continued to face. One of the first and most perceptive writers on the Harlem Renaissance, and renowned for the breadth of his knowledge and expert handling of traditional literary forms, Tolson completed before his death the first of a projected five-part epic on the African-American experience. Among his honors was the Poet Laureateship of Liberia.

What People are Saying

"I did not expect to fall in love with poetry. I just expected to recite and be done with it. After just sitting there and analyzing my poems, I realized that the stories told through these few words mean so much. I had to step out of myself and step into the author's shoes, and with that comes great work."
Kyla Rose Bates
2016 LA POL Champion