Gwendolyn B. Bennett

Primary Works Secondary Works


Publications in Anthologies and Books:

"Nocturn," in The Book of American Negro Poetry, edited by James Weldon Johnson. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1922; revised, 1931.

"Moon Tonight" and "Song," in Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1927 and Yearbook of American Poetry edited by William Stanley Braithwaite. Boston: B. J. Brimmer, 1927, pp. 31, 32.

"Advice," "Fantasy," "Hatred," "Lines Written at the Grave of Alexander Dumas," "Quatrains," "Secret," "Sonnet I," "Sonnet II," "To a Dark Girl," and "Your Songs," in Caroling Dusk: An Anthology of Verse by Negro Poets, edited by Countee Cullen. New York: Harper, 1927.

"Tokens," in Ebony and Topaz: A Collectanea edited by Charles S. Johnson. New York, 1927, pp. 149-150.

Publications in Magazines and Journals:


"Heritage," Opportunity, 1 (December 1923): 371.

"To Usward," Crisis, 28 (May 1924):19 AND Opportunity, 2 (May 1924): 143-144.

"Wind," Opportunity, 2 (November 1924): 335.

"On a Birthday," Opportunity, 3 (September 1925): 276.

"Street Lamps in Early Spring," Opportunity, 4 (May 1926): 152.

"Hatred," Opportunity, 4 (June 1926): 190.

"Lines Written at the Grave of Alexander Dumas," Opportunity, 4 (July 1926): 225.

"Song," "Dear Things," and "Dirge," Palms, 4 (October 1926): 21-22.

"Epitaph," Opportunity. 12 (March 1934): 76.


"The Future of the Negro in Art," Howard University Record, 19 (December 1924): 65-66.

"Negroes: Inherent Craftsmen," Howard University Record, 19 (February 1925): 172.

"The Ebony Flute," column in Opportunity, 4 (August 1926)-6 (May 1928).

"The American Negro Paints," Southern Workman, 57 (January 1928): 111-112.

"Never the Twain Shall Meet," review of Salah and His American by Leland Hall, Opportunity, 12 (March 1934): 92.

"I Go to Camp," Opportunity, 12 (August 1934): 241-243.

"Rounding the Century: Story of the Colored Orphan Asylum and Association for the Benefit of Colored Children in New York City," Crisis, 42 (June 1935): 180-181, 188.


Daniel, Walter C. and Sandra Y. Govan. "Gwendolyn Bennett (1902-1981)." Dictionary of Literary Biography: Afro-American Writers from the Harlem Renaissance to 1940. vol. 51. edited by Trudier Harris. Detroit, Mi.: Gale Research Co., 1987, pp. 3-9.

Facts on File Encyclopedia of Black Women in America: Literature. vol. 2. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1997. Fax, Elton C. Seventeen Black Artists. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1971. pp. 23-24, 173.

Hull, Gloria. "Black Women Poets from Wheatley to Walker," in Negro American Literature Forum, 9(Fall 1975): 91-96.

Johnson, Abby Arthur and Ronald Maberry Johnson. Propaganda and Aesthetics: The Literary Politics of Afro-American Magazines in the 20th Century. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1979. pp. 55-56.

Johnson, Charles S. "A Note on the New Literary Movement," Opportunity 4(March 1926): 80.

Lewis, David Levering. When Harlem was in Vogue. New York: Knopf, 1981, pp. 94-95, 105.

McDonald, William F. Federal Relief Administration and the Arts. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1969.

Perry, Margaret. Silence to the Drums: a Survey of the Literature of the Harlem Renaissance. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1976.

Porter, James A. Modern Negro Art. New York: Dryden Press, 1943, p. 130.

Roses, Lorraine Elena and Ruth Elizabeth Randolph. Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: Literary Biographies of 100 Black Women Writers 1900-1945. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall & Co, 1990, pp. 11-15.

Selected Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance: A Resource Guide
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