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Toni Asante Lightfoot poetry ephemera collection

Identifier: MS2233

Collection Scope and Content

This collection contains newspaper articles, magazine articles, poetry, fliers, letters, playbills, programs, and photographs related to several poetry reading groups and other poetry related activities within Washington, D.C. Two prominent groups are It's Your Mug and Modern Urban Griots. It's Your Mug was a poetry reading series. The Modern Urban Griots described itself as ". . . a family of poets who came to know each other at It's Your Mug, a coffee house in the historic Georgetown Section of Washington, D.C. The seven members came together in the name of poetry and mutual love for the art and its performance. They are: Jane Alberdeston, Holly Bass, Danny Boylen II, Twain Dooley, Brandon D. Johnson, Toni Asante Lightfoot, and Lori Tsang."


  • Creation: 1991-2004


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical or Biographical Note

Toni Asante Lightfoot is a graduate of Cave Canem African American Writer's Workshop and a teacher of writing workshops. She is co-founder of the poetry collective the Modern Urban Griots. She is a leader in the national arts organization, Blackout Arts Collective. Ms. Lightfoot was President of the African American Writers Guild, founded by Marita Golden. In November 2002 Lightfoot became the Business and Outreach Manager Guild Complex in Chicago.

Lightfoot has authored several books including two collections of poems entitled Kiss My Ears Like Jazz and Unearthing Me.


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This collection contains postcards, fliers, and poems related to poetry readings and other performances by Toni Asante Lightfoot and other local poets and writers.

Collection Organization

This collection is composed of several folders and does not have separate series.

Acquisition Information

Toni Asante Lightfoot donated this collection in 2007

Guide to the Toni Asante Lightfoot poetry ephemera collection, 1991-2004
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America