The first book of prose from Kalamu ya Salaam, the prolific New Orleans writer and activist. In Love and Struggle is about complicated relationships and oppressive structures and where we situation ourselves as human beeings when confronted with life’s darkness. The book includes an interview with Kalamu’s daughter Kiini Ibura Salaam, who also contributed the cover art.
New Orleans editor, writer, filmmaker and teacher Kalamu ya Salaam is founder of the Neo-Griot Workshop (1995-2005), a Black writers workshop focusing on text, recordings and videos; co-founder with Kysha Brown-Robinson of Runagate Multimedia publishing company; and moderator of neo•griot, an information blog for Black writers and diverse supporters of their literature. worldwide. His latest books include The Magic of Juju: A History of the Black Arts Movement (Third World Press, 2016) and he is editor of New Orleans Griot-The Tom Dent Reader (University of New Orleans Press – 2017). Born March 24, 1947, Salaam’s awards include national and regional awards for poetry, play writing, literary criticism, cultural criticism, and radio production. Salaam has served on numerous panels and boards, including NEA Literature panels. He has read his poetry and lectured at universities, community programs and institutions worldwide.