Langston Hughes: Writer & Poet
American poet and central figure of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, in 1902 to a family of abolitionists. After high school, Hughes went on to Columbia University to study engineering, but soon dropped out to pursue his first love — poetry. He never looked back.
The poetry Hughes crafted over the course of his lifetime was filled with rhythm and beat. His stanzas weave wildly smooth tunes about life as a black American. Indeed, Hughes always acknowledged that his primary poetic influences were the blues bars of Harlem and D.C.