About Quincy TroupeQuincy Troupe, born July 22, 1939, in St. Louis, Missouri, is an African-American poet, editor, journalist and professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego. His best-known work is the biography of Miles Davis, the jazzman. Quincy Troupe is an awarding-winning author of 12 volumes of poetry, three children’s books, and six non-fiction works. In 2010 Troupe received the American Book Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. He published several volumes of poetry including Duende: Poems, 1966–Now (2021), Choruses (1999), Avalanche (1996), Weather Reports: New and Selected Poems (1991), Skulls along the River (1984); Snake-Back Solos: Selected Poems 1969–1977 (1979), which received an American Book Award; and Embryo Poems, 1967–1971 (1974). Other notable works are: The Pursuit of Happyness, an autobiography with written with Chris Gardner that was a New York Times bestseller for over 40 weeks and a major motion picture starring Will Smith; The Architecture of Language (poems), that won the 2007 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement; and Transcircularities: New and Selected Poems, selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best books of poetry in 2002 and winner of the 2003 Milt Kessler Poetry Award.
Quincy Troupe is professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego.br>
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