Quincy Troupe

Quincy Troupe is the author of 17 books, including eight volumes of poetry. The latest, The Architecture of Language, won the 2007 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He received the 2003 Milt Kessler Poetry Award for Transcircularities: New and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2002), which was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 10 best books of poetry published in 2002, and was also a finalist for the 2003 Paterson Poetry Prize.

Troupe is Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing and American & Caribbean Literature at the University of California; the founding Editorial Director for Code Magazine; and former Artistic Director of Artists on the Cutting Edge. He was the first official Poet Laureate of the State of California, appointed by Governor Gray Davis. He is currently editor of Black Renaissance Noire, a cultural and literary journal published by the Africana Studies Program and the Institute of African American Affairs at New York University.

Troupe is the recipient of a 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award, as well as two other American Book Awards: Snake-Back Solos (Reed & Cannon, 1979) won in 1980 for poetry; and Miles: The Autobiography, Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe (Simon & Schuster, 1989) won in 1990 for non-fiction. In 1991, Troupe received the Peabody Award for co-producing and writing the seven part radio series, The Miles Davis Radio Project. He is a two time Heavyweight Champion of Poetry (1994 & 1995) at The World Poetry Bout of Taos (New Mexico); has been a featured poet on two PBS television series on poetry: The United States of Poetry (1996), and Bill Moyers' The Power of the Word (1989), for which Troupe's segment, The Living Language, received a 1990 Emmy Award for Television Excellence.

A screenplay version of his book Miles and Me: A Memoir (University of California Press, 2000) is scheduled for 2012; Hallelujah, on the life of Ray Charles, is scheduled for 2012; his new book of poems, Errançities, will be published in late fall, 2011; and his book of nonfiction prose, Crossfertizations, will be released in 2012. He is writing his first novel, The Legacy of Charlie Footman, and an auto-memoir in three parts, The Accordion Years: 1965 to 2010. Troupe lives between New York City and Goyave, Guadeloupe, with his wife, Margaret.

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