Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones (1934-2014) was the author of
numerous books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He was named
poet laureate of New Jersey by the New Jersey Commission for the
Humanities, from 2002-2004. His short story collection Tales of
the Out & the Gone (Akashic Books) was a New York Times
Editors' Choice and won a 2008 PEN/Beyond Margins Award. He is also
the author of Home: Social Essays, Black Music, and
Tales, among other works.