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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1932, in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Perkins currently lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Useni Eugene Perkins is a distinguished poet, playwright, and youth worker. He is the author of Harvesting New Generations: The Positive Development of Black Youth; Home is a Dirty Street: The Social Oppression of Black Children; and Black Fairy and Other Plays.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Hey Black Child"""

-- *Top 20 Books of the Year, School Library Journal

-- *Windows and Mirrors from Black #OwnVoices Creators List, Publishers Weekly, 2020

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus

-- *Starred Review, School Library Journal

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

-- *Illinois Reads Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2019