Mari Evans (16 July, 1919 – 10 March, 2017) was an award winning poet, editor, and writer, known for poems which are direct, yet lyrical.
Fun Facts about Mari Evans:
- Mari Evans was born in Toledo, Ohio. Sadly, her mother, Mary Jane Jacobs, died when she was seven years old.
- William Reed Evans, her father, was her greatest fan and encouraged her to write throughout her life.
- In the University of Toledo, Ms. Evans majored in fashion design – however she never graduated.
- With an interest in music, Ms. Evans moved to Indianapolis, IN to collaborate with jazz musicians. The city is where she also started her career as a civil servant.
- Mari Evans gained popularity as a poet during the 1960s and 70s. The poet became associated with the effort to explore African American culture and history called the Black Arts Movement.
- The poems Ms. Evans wrote had themes on race, identify, social justice and often featured African American women.
- Ms. Evans started to teach writing courses at Purdue University at Indianapolis, and later at Indiana University in Bloomington.
- Ms. Evans wrote poems, articles, essays, children’s books, as well as short stories.
- A weekly TV show for an Indianapolis station called The Black Experience was produced by Ms. Evans from 1968 to 1973.
- Among other honors, Ms. Evans received a lifetime achievement award from the Indianapolis Library Foundation.
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