(Shamal Books)
Four Titles
NY, Shamal Books, (1976-1978). Four of the first six titles published by Shamal Books, a publishing company founded by the Nuyorican poet, historian, and community activist Louis Reyes Rivera and his wife, Barbara Killens Rivera, daughter of African American novelist John Oliver Killens. Reyes was a key figure in the CUNY movement, a grass roots effort to make the City University of New York more responsive to minorities and the poor. Titles include: Poets in Motion, an anthology edited by Louis Reyes Rivera; Who Pays the Cost by Rivera; Nubiana Vol. I by B.J. Ashanti; and Nom Nomm Nommo by Zizwe Omowale-Wa-Ngafua. The latter is perfectbound; the others are in stapled wrappers; each is very near fine. Early books from a press that published for another two decades; an obituary of Reyes said he edited, translated or published over 200 books in his lifetime, many of them by Caribbean, African or African-American writers. [#031755] $200

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