Born July 22, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri, Quincy Troupe is an awarding-winning author of ten volumes of poetry, three children’s books, and six non-fiction works; Earl the Pearl: My Story, a memoir of legendary NY Knicks basketball star, Earl Monroe, (Rodale, April 2013) is Troupe’s newest non-fiction work. In 2010 Troupe received the American Book Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. Among Troupe’s best-selling works are Miles: The Autobiography of Miles Davis and his memoir, Miles & Me soon to become a major motion picture.
Other notable works are The Pursuit of Happyness, an autobiography with written with Chris Gardner that became a major motion picture and that was a New York Times bestseller for over 40 weeks; The Architecture of Language, a book of poems, that won the 2007 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, and Transcircularities: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2003 Milt Kessler Poetry Award and was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best books of poetry in 2002.
“For me, one of the most revealing moments of the festival came the morning I sauntered into Waterloo’s old church while Quincy Troupe was speaking about poetry. The size of the crowd made it difficult even to find a place to stand. What I found so striking was the rapt attention of the audience as it hung on the poet’s every word–striking because the listeners were all high school kids.”
Robert Kendall, Poets & Writers Magazine, Sep/Oct 1991
Errançities is his most recent book of poetry. A new children’s book, Hallelujah: The Story of Ray Charles with illustrations by Brian Pinkney, will be published by Disney/Hyperion.
Quincy Troupe is professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego, and editor of Black Renaissance Noire, a literary journal of the Institute of Africana Studies at New York University.