Counteé Cullen

Counteé Cullen

Fellow: Awarded 1928
Field of Study: Poetry

Competition: US & Canada

As published in the Foundation’s Annual Report for 1928:

Cullen, Counteé: Appointed to complete a group of narrative poems and the libretto for an opera, principally in Paris; tenure, twelve months from July 1, 1928.

Born May 30, 1903, in New York City. Education: A.B., 1925, New York University; M.A., 1926, Harvard College.

Assistant Editor, Opportunity, A Journal of Negro Life, 1926—.

Winner of the Witter Bynner Intercollegiate Poetry Contest for 1925 and prizes in the Crisis and Opportunity contests for 1925 and 1926; winner of the John Reed Memorial Prize for Poetry in 1925; in 1926 granted the Harmon award and medial in literature for his book of poems “ Color” as representing the outstanding Negro achievement in literature for that year.

Publications: “Color” (poems), 1925; “Copper Sun” (poems), 1927; “Caroling Dusk,” an anthology of verse by Negro poets, editor of, 1927; “The Ballad of the Brown Girl” (a poem), 1928.


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