Madison’s First Black Poet Laureate, Fabu Carter, Writes to Inspire and Encourage Black People
Poet Fabu Carter, who became the first Black person to be chosen as Madison’s poet laureate in 2008, writes not just for the fun of it but to remind her people, inspire lives and also encourage people. She uses her poetry to express what she was seeing, feeling, and hearing.
Fabu, who is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, started writing poetry since she was just 11 years old. When she was young, her father was in the army, so she traveled around the world and the U.S often. She lived in Memphis with her mother since her father had been sent to war in Vietnam during the 1960’s just before Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.
Being the first Black poet laureate of Madison was a very interesting road for her because she was starting to feel discouraged in terms of being an African American artist.
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