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A Burst of Light


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The African-American poet and essayist Audre Lorde (1934-1992) dedicated her life and creative talents to the battle against racism, sexism, and homophobia. In addition to her critically acclaimed The Cancer Journals, Lorde's works include The Black Unicorn, The First Cities, Cables to Rage, From a Land Where Other People Live, and Coal. As well as winning a 1989 American Book Award for A Burst of Light and Other Essays, she received the Walt Whitman Citation of Merit in 1991, designating her the poet laureate of New York; the 1988 Manhattan Borough President's Award for Excellence in the Arts; the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement; and honorary doctorates from Hunter, Oberlin, and Haverford Colleges

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