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Individual Author Record

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Name:  Cecil S. Giscombe  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: Dayton, Ohio


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Biographical and Professional Information

Professor Giscombe has worked as a taxi driver, as a hospital orderly, as a railroad brakeman, and for years edited a national literary magazine (Epoch, at Cornell University). His writing has appeared in several anthologies—the Best American Poetry series, the Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry, Telling It Slant: Avant-Garde Poetics of the 1990s, Bluesprint: Black British Columbia Literature and Orature, Lyrical Postmodernisms, American Hybrid, etc.

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-- 1998 Carl Sandburg Award Giscombe is the 2010 recipient of the Stephen Henderson Award in Poetry (given by the African American Literature and Culture Society). Prairie Style was awarded a 2008 American Book Award by the Before Columbus Foundation;