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Ishmael Reed


Gethsemane Park: A "Gospera" (A mixture  of gospel music and opera)

Note: Originally commissioned by The San Francisco Opera

The Nuyorican Poets Café. July 2000

San Francisco at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. April 1999

Premiered April 1, The Black Repertory Theater in Berkeley, California. 1998

Written by Ishmael Reed 1994-1995.

Musical Collaborations
The Wild Gardens of the Loup Garou: Poetry by Ishmael Reed and Colleen.

McElroy: Music by Carman Moore, 1981, 1989

Conjure I and Conjure II, Texts by Ishmael Reed, Producer: Kip Hanrahan for American Clave, 1984
Musical  composers:
Allen Toussaint
Carla Bley
David Murray
Kip Hanrahan
Lester Bowie
Olu Dara
Steve Swallow
Taj Mahal
Reissued by Rounder Records, 1995

Video Recordings
Personal Problems: A soap opera directed by Bill Gunn, 1981

A Word In Edgewise: A conversation with writer Al Young

The Only Language She Knows: In collaboration with writer Genny Lim

Savage Wilds

Note: A play originally staged at BMT Theater in Oakland, California; later produced by Miguel Algarin and directed by Rome Neal at New York City's Nuyorican Poets Café

Awards, Prizes, Fellowships
2005, Retired  emeritus: University of California, Berkeley. January, 2005.

2004,  Robert Hirsch Award from The Los Angeles Times.

2004, John D. & Catherine T. Mac Arthur Fellowship Award. / Genius Award

2003, The Otto Award for Political Theater.

2003, Integrity Award from the Oakland Women's Chamber of Commerce.

2004, Chancellor's Award for Community Service from the University of California, Berkeley

1995, Honorary Doctorate of Letters. University of New York at Buffalo.

1994, Guggenheim Memorial Award for Fiction.

1979, Pushcart Prize, for essay, "American Poetry: Is There a Center?"

1978, American Civil Liberties Award.

1978, The Lewis H. Michaux Literary Prize.

1976, A founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, which annually presents the American Book Awards.

1975, The Richard and Hilda Rosenthal Foundation Award.

1975, National Institute of Arts and Letters.

A founder of  PEN, an international literary membership association, chapter in Oakland.

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