The first "Jazz Poet"
The life of Langston Hughes (Bio)
Langston hughes was born on Febuary 1st, 1902 in Mizzouri. He lifted with his grandparents for most of his childhood because his mom was frequintly moving across the country looking for work. Langston's first poem was called "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and it was published in 1921 when he was only 19 years old. This peom was very well regarded and was in "The Crisis" Magazine". After Publishing his first peom, Langston Hughes attended Columbia Univirsity and became a part of the Harlem Renaissance. But langston dropped out of Clumbia Univirsity so he could travel the world and focus even more on poetry. After Working Multiple didfferent Jobs for a year, Langston got to travel to Africa, Spain, and Paris. Langston even decided to live in paris for a short time while continuing to publish poems. Langston returned home from paris and worked as a bus boy. As a bus boy Langston met Vachel Lindsay who was a very popular poet at the time. Langston showed Vachel Lindsay some of his work and he loved it. Vachel Lindsay was a big part in helping Langston get the publisity he needed. Langston's first book was published in 1926 and a second volume came out the next year. By 1960, nearing the end of Langston's life, he had published many more books, started writing a colomn in the chicago defender and wrote 2 plays. On May 22, 1967 Langston deid of prostate cancer. Now Langston's home is a landmark and his poetry is still read.