Height:  5' 3"  [ 1.60 m ]
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Lamont Steptoe is a poet, photographer, journalist, and activist based in Philadelphia, PA. His most recent collection of poems, A Long Movie of Shadows, was just awarded a 2005 American Book Award.

Lamont is the founder/publisher of Whirlwind Press. He was a Combat Army Sergeant in Vietnam and was decorated with the Bronze Star. Among other awards and grants, Lamont has won:

He has read his poetry in Paris, France, Den Haag, Holland, Managua, and Nicaragua. In the United States he has read at the Etheridge Knight Festival, the Library of Congress in Washington DC, the Geraldine R. Dodge Festival, the Schomburg Center for Black Literature, and the Annual Black Writers Conferences in Philadelphia, PA.

Of his many, many books and other works, the most well known are Mad Minute, In the Kitchens of Masters, Catfish and Neckbone Jazz. Lamont Steptoe is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished and important poets in the U.S.                                                                                     

[ Biography by Rick Kearns ]