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I am 71 years old. I have been awarded an unprecedented 7 NAACP Image Awards which makes me very, very proud. I have been nominated for a Grammy; been a finalist for the National Book Award. I am very proud to have authored 3 New York Times and Los Angeles Times Best Sellers, highly unusual for a poet. I am a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. I don’t have a lot of friends but I have good ones. I have a son and a granddaughter. My father, mother, sister, and middle aunt are all deceased literarily making me go from being the baby in the family to being an elder. I like to cook, travel, and dream. I’m a writer. I’m happy.
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