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When T asked the musician and filmmaker Boots Riley to photograph the subjects of this issue’s cover story (Page 136), which celebrates the work of contemporary black male American poets,

An outtake from the shoot by Boots Riley (center, in a plaid jacket, behind his photographer, Shayan Asgharnia) of American black male writers, taken in Brooklyn Heights on Oct. 15.

— Alice Newell-Hanson
Letter From The Editor


playwrights and novelists, he had reservations. ‘‘My initial reaction was, ‘Why is it all male authors?’ ’’ he says. Ayana Mathis, who wrote the accompanying essay, grappled with similar ideas in her piece: ‘‘I wondered if a focus on male achievement...

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