Chicory: Voices from the Black Ghetto

As part of my research into cultural representations of Baltimore, I’ve found a literary magazine, Chicory, that was published by Enoch Pratt Free Public Library from 1966-1980. Started with War on Poverty funding, the magazine gave residents of the East Baltimore target area the opportunity to publish their unedited poetry, prose, and street chatter. This remarkable source has been mostly forgotten. While I’ll write about Chicory in my book, I wanted to honor the original impetus for the magazine, by making excerpts from it available to the public. To that end, I’ve created an Omeka archive of samples of Chicory issues. More will become available as I read my way through it. Comments–especially from people who wrote for Chicory–are more than welcome.

To take a look, click here.

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