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Editor , educator , publisher , poet

Naomi Long Madgett, American poet, editor, publisher, educator. Participant Creative Writers in Schools program; Member National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, College Language Association, Southern Poverty Law Center, Langston Hughes Society, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Working Writers, Detroit Institute Arts, Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society, Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Background

Madgett, Naomi Long was born on July 5, 1923 in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. Daughter of Clarence Marcellus and Maude Selena (Hilton) Long.

Education

Bachelor, Virginia State College, 1945. Master of Education, Wayne State University, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy, International Institute for Advanced Studies, 1980.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Siena Heights College, 1991. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Loyola University, 1993. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Michigan State University, 1994.

Career

Reporter, copyreader, Michigan Chronicle, Detroit, 1946; service representative, Michigan Bell Telephone –°ompany, Detroit, 1948-1954; teacher English public high schools, Detroit, 1955-1965, 66-68; research associate, Oakland U., Rochester, Michigan, 1965-1966; member of staff Detroit Women Writers Conference, Annual Writers Conference, since 1968; lecturer English, University of Michigan, 1970-1971; associate Professor of English, Eastern Michigan U., Ypsilanti, 1968-1973; professor, Eastern Michigan U., Ypsilanti, 1973-1984; professor emeritus, Eastern Michigan U., Ypsilanti, since 1984; editor-public, Lotus Press, since 1974. Editor Lotus Poetry Series, Michigan State University Press, 1993-1998.

Achievements

  • Octavia and Other Poems (1988) was national co-winner of the College Language Association Creative Achievement Award. Long Poetry Foundation offered its first annual Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award for excellence in a manuscript by an African-American poet.

Works

Membership

Participant Creative Writers in Schools program. Member National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, College Language Association, Southern Poverty Law Center, Langston Hughes Society, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Working Writers, Detroit Institute Arts, Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society, Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Connections

Married Julian F. Witherspoon, March 31, 1946 (divorced April 1949). 1 child, Jill Witherspoon Boyer. Married William H. Madgett, July 29, 1954 (divorced December 1960).

Married Leonard P. Andrews, March 31, 1972 (deceased May 1996).

father:
Clarence Marcellus Long

mother:
Maude Selena (Hilton) Long

spouses:
Leonard P. Andrews

William H. Madgett

Julian F. Witherspoon

child:
Jill Witherspoon Boyer Madgett