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Poet Ahmos Zu-Bolton dies at 69
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Ahmos Zu-Bolton II

Ahmos Zu-Bolton II was a poet and playwright also known for his editing and publishing endeavors on behalf of African-American culture. Born Oct. 21, 1935, in Poplarville, Mississippi, Zu-Bolton grew up in DeRidder, Louisiana, near the Texas border. In 1965 he was one of several black students who integrated Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. After serving in the Army in Vietnam, Zu-Bolton founded Hoo-Doo, a magazine devoted to African-American activism and arts, and published A Niggered Amen: Poems and coedited Synergy D.C. Anthology in 1975. He died March 8, 2005, at Howard University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He was 69 years old.

(Article first posted March 2005)



  • A Niggered Amen: Poems. San Luis Obispo, Calif.: Solo Press, 1975.
  • Ain’t No Spring Chicken: Selected Poems. New Orleans: Voice Foundation, Inc., 1998.
  • 1946: A Poem. Berkeley, Calif.: Ishmael Reed Pub. Co., 2002.


  • (Editor with E. Ethelbert Miller): Synergy D.C. Anthology. [Washington]: Energy BlackSouth Press, 1975.



  • Thomas, Lorenzo. “A Change Is Gonna Come: Black Voices of Louisiana.” New Black Writing, Nimrod 21-22 (double issue 1977): 262-83.
  • ---. “Ahmos Zu-Bolton, II.” Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 41: Afro-American Poets Since 1955. Eds. Trudier Harris and Thadious M. Davis. The Gale Group, 1985. 360-64.

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