Haki Madhubuti, as poet, publisher, editor and educator, Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti serves as a pivotal figure in the development of a strong Black literary tradition, emerging from the era of the sixties and continuing to the present. Over the years, he has published over 25 books (some under his former name, Don L. Lee) and is one of the world’s best-selling authors of poetry and non-fiction, with books in print in excess of 3 million. His poetry and essays were published in over forty anthologies from 1997-2004. Madhubuti’s most recent publications include: Run Toward Fear (poetry); YellowBlack (memoir); and Freedom to Self-Destruct (essays). Dr. Madhubuti earned his MFA from the University of Iowa. His distinguished teaching career includes faculty positions at Columbia College of Chicago, Cornell University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Howard University, Morgan State University, and the University of Iowa. In 1996, he was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters from DePaul University in Chicago, and Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore. Currently, he is the Distinguished University Professor and professor of English, founder and director-emeritus of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing, and director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creating Writing Program at Chicago State University. Dr. Madhubuti, a proponent of independent Black institutions, is: founder, publisher, and chairman of the board of Third World Press (1967); one of the founders of the Institute of Positive Education/New Concept School (1969); co-founder of Betty Shabazz International Charter School (1998) and DuSable Leadership College Preparatory Academy (2005) in Chicago, Illinois. He is also a founder and chairman of the board of The International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent and founder of the National Black Writers Retreat.