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Ahmos Zu-Bolton II (October 21, 1948,[1] – March 8, 2005[2]) was an activist, poet and playwright also known for his editing and publishing endeavors on behalf of African-American culture.[3]


Born in Poplarville, Mississippi, Zu-Bolton grew up in DeRidder, Louisiana, near the Texas border. In 1965 he was one of several black students who integrated Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.[4] After serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Zu-Bolton founded Hoo-Doo, a magazine devoted to African-American activism and arts, published A N*****ed Amen: Poems, and coedited Synergy D.C. Anthology, in 1975. He also opened the Copestetic Bookstore on Marigny Street in New Orleans, LA.[2]

While living in New Orleans he taught English, African-American Studies, and Creative Writing classes at Xavier University, Tulane University and Delgado Community College. He was Visiting Writer in Residence at University of Missouri.[5]


Ahmos Zu-Bolton died March 8, 2005, in Washington, D.C., of cancer.[2]


  • Zu-Bolton, Ahmos (1975). "A n*****ed amen: poems / by Ahmos Zu-Bolton II.". Solo Press. 
  • Zu-Bolton, Ahmos; Miller, E. Ethelbert (1975). "Synergy D.C. Anthology". Energy BlackSouth Press. 
  • Thomas, Lorenzo; Alakoye, Adesanya; Zu-Bolton, Ahmos (1978). "Hoo-doo 6½". Energy Earth Communications. 
  • Peter Blue Cloud; William Oandasan (1979). "Featuring four third world poets". A Press. 
  • Zu-Bolton, Ahmos (1998). "Ain't No Spring Chicken: Selected Poems". Voice Foundation, Incorporated, The. ISBN 978-0-9668063-0-4. 
  • Zu-Bolton, Ahmos (2002). "1946: a poem". Ishmael Reed Pub. Co.. ISBN 978-0-918408-34-1. 


  1. The Mississippi Writers page, biography of Ahmos Zu-Bolton II.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Michael Perlstein (March 17, 2005). "Ahmos Zu-Bolton II, poet, bookstore owner". p. 4. 
  3. Andrews, William L.; Foster, Frances Smith; Harris, Trudier (2001). "The concise Oxford companion to African American literature". Oxford University Press US. p. 455. ISBN 978-0-19-513883-2. 
  4. The Mississippi Writers Page, Ahmos Zu-Bolton II.
  5. Lynita F. Jones, "Candelight Vigil for Ahmos Zu-Bolton", ChickenBones: A Journal.

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