Quincy Troupe - age: 81

Quincy Troupe

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ABOUT

Poet, editor, and author of The Architecture of Language: Poems; James Baldwin: The Legacy; and Miles and Me: A Memoir of Miles Davis. He became the first Poet Laureate of California in 2002.He was the director of the Malcolm X Center in Los Angeles for several years. While teaching at the University of California, San Diego, he also founded a literary magazine.He co-wrote The Pursuit of Happyness, which was adapted into a film starring Will Smith.

BEFORE FAME

He studied at Grambling State University on an athletic scholarship. After dropping out of school, he entered the U.S. Army and lived in France. While in France, he met author and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, who inspired him to become a writer.

PERSONAL LIFE

The son of a prominent Negro League baseball player, he grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He later lived in California and finally settled in New York City with his wife Margaret.

FUN FACTS

Poet Quincy Troupe were born on Saturday, birthstone is Ruby, the seaon was Summer in the Chinese year of Rabbite, it is 188 days until Quincy Troupe next birthday.

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