Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture
All the Stories Are True

Dolores Kendrick

Dolores Kendrick is a native Washingtonian. In 1999, she was appointed Poet Laureate of the District of Columbia. Following Sterling Brown, she is the second writer to hold this honor and position. Ms. Kendrick is the author of four collections of poems. The most recent collection, Why the Woman is Singing on the Corner, draws the reader deeply into the verse narrative. Her book The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women won the Annisfield-Wolfe Award and an award from the New York Public Library. A theatrical adaptation of the book won the New York New Playwrights Award in 1997. Kendrick has also received a National Endowment for the Arts Award and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to Northern Ireland, as well as numerous other honors. A teacher and a recorded poet, she is adapting The Women of Plums for production at the National Theater and is writing a poem to be placed on a sculpture in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Washington, D.C.

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Dolores Kendrick E Ethelbert Miller
Valerie Boyd
Dolores Kendrick
Kenneth Carroll
Octavia E Butler
Samuel R Delany

Photograph by Steve Lewis
Walter Dean Myers
Eloise Greenfield
Edwidge Danticat
Charles Johnson

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Supplemental Materials

Background on Peggy and Killing 1

Background on Peggy and Killing 2

Inspiration and Washington, D.C.