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Esther Iverem

Esther Iverem.
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Esther Iverem

Founder and Editor,

Africa World Press announces the publication of "Living in Babylon," Esther Iverem's second volume of poems that is already receiving praise. Esther Iverem "asks the most important question of the 21st century—which America Is America? Iverem teaches one how to turn pain into power and power into poetry"
—E. Ethelbert Miller

Join her for her book tour!

Esther Iverem is a journalist, author and poet. Her reviews regularly appear on, a web site she founded in 2001 for the dissemination of reviews, news and commentary from a Black perspective. She is a former staff writer for The Washington Post, New York Newsday, The New York Times and is a contributing critic for and Pacifica Radio.

Her first book of poems and photographs, The Time: Portrait of a Journey Home (Africa World Press, 1994) ), received positive reviews, and she has been featured in Black Issues Book Review, on, and on the Tavis Smiley Show. She is a contributor to numerous anthologies, including Step Into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature, edited by Kevin Powell and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African American Poets, edited by Clarence Major. Her poem, "What Do You Believe In?" was broadcast internationally as part of the October 2003 March on Washington on the National Mall.

She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Columbia University, and is the recipient of a National Arts Journalism Fellowship and an artist’s fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. A native of North Philadelphia, she lives in Washington, DC and New York City.

To send Esther Iverem e-mail or inquire about speaking dates:

To purchase a signed copy of The Time: Portrait of a Journey Home, send $12 to:
Esther Iverem
P.O Box 55273
Brightwood Station
Washington, DC 20040

To purchase a signed broadsheet of the poem "What Do You Believe In," send $7 to the above address. Please indicate what your payment is for and include the address where the book(s) sShould be sent.

All snail mail can also be sent to this address.

All proceeds will directly benefit the work of Iverem and Thank you!


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