Ted Joans The Beat poet you've likely never heard of, Ted Joans, was one of the few black Beat writers. Inspired by Charlie Parker, Joans in turn inspired Ismael Reed and others. Most of his more than 30 books are out of print. But Joans is just now getting an American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement. Marcie Sillman, of member station KUOW, has a profile. (7:45) One of the few Joans books available is called Teducation, published by Coffee House Press.

Ted Joans

Ted Joans

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The Beat poet you've likely never heard of, Ted Joans, was one of the few black Beat writers. Inspired by Charlie Parker, Joans in turn inspired Ismael Reed and others. Most of his more than 30 books are out of print. But Joans is just now getting an American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement. Marcie Sillman, of member station KUOW, has a profile. (7:45) One of the few Joans books available is called Teducation, published by Coffee House Press.