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Drumvoices Revue: A Confluence of Literary, Cultural and Vision Arts first appeared in Fall/Winter 1991/92 as Volume 1, Nos. 1&2.
Since its birth, Drumvoices Revue has been a publication of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in collaboration with the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club of East St. Louis, Illinois.
Eugene B. Redmond, SIUE Emeritus Professor of English and editor of Drumvoices Revue, was named Poet Laureate of East St. Louis in 1976, the same year that his best-selling critical history, Drumvoices: The Mission of African-American Poetry, was published by Doubleday. He is a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville graduate (1964) in English Literature and Political Science and holds a master's degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. He is also the co-founder (with Sherman L. Fowler and Darlene Roy) of the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club (1986) and has influenced worldwide audiences through his specializations in Creative Writing and African-American and multicultural literature.
Throughout its existence, Drumvoices Revue has remained consistent to the original vision of the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club: "to provide serious writers with a milieu, a Soular System, in which to learn, mature, share their works, receive and give criticism, and eventually get published."
This digital collection was created by Lovejoy Library in 2011. The Project Director was Stephen Kerber, who also wrote the home page text. The original materials are preserved in the Louisa H. Bowen University Archives and Special Collections of Lovejoy Library.
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