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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Henry Dumas  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Poetry

Born: 1934 in Sweet Home, Arkansas

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Dumas became a teacher-counselor and director of language workshops at Southern Illinois University's Experiment in Higher Education in 1967 in East St. Louis.

Biographical and Professional Information

Henry Dumas had a varied career. He was a Contributor, editor, publisher, and distributor for various literary magazines. Dumas worked at SIU under the direction of Dr. Edward W. Crosby, who was also an editor of the Hiram Review at the time. Some of Dumas' early work was published in the Hiram Review, which is likely how the two became acquainted. Dumas also became an editor of the Hiram Review from 1967 until his death in 1968.

After Dumas' untimely death Dr. Crosby returned to the editorial staff of the Hiram Review and urged Eugene Redmond, one of Dumas' fellow teachers and poet, to talk to Loretta Dumas about publishing Henry's works posthumously. Arrangements were made and with the editorial assistance of Hale Chatfield, founder of the Hiram Poetry Review, his works were published by SIU Press.


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