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Alexs D Pate

Alexs D Pate

Department Affiliations


  • poetry
  • hip hop
  • literature
  • fiction of african-american men


  • Amistad. Pate, Alexs, based on the screenplay by David Franzoni, New York: Signet, 1997.
  • Finding Makeba. Pate, Alexs, New York: Putnam, 1996.
  • Losing Absalom. Pate, Alexs, Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 1994.
  • The multicultiboho sideshow. Pate, Alexs, New York: Bard, 1999.
  • West of Rehoboth. Pate, Alexs, New York: William Morrow, 2001.
  • Contemporary African American Literature: Anywhere The Wind Blows. Pate, Alexs, 1996.
  • Innocent. Pate, Alexs, Princeton, NJ: Kutenai Press, 1998.

Creative Activities

  • Collaboration with Asian American poet David Mura, "Out There," Walker Art Center: 1994
  • Co-writer with David Mura, Slowly This, a short feature film directed by Arthur Jafa, PBS
  • "Merry Christmas, Tamyra," National Public Radio's All Things Considered: 2002


  • Honor Fiction Book, Black Caucus of the American Library Association for West of Rehoboth, 2002
  • "Achiever Who Will Lead The Next Generation" in the area of literature, USA Today/Weekend, 2002
  • Minnesota Book Award for Losing Absalom, 1995
  • Best First Novel, Black Caucus of the American Library Association for Losing Absalom, 1995
  • Minnesota Book Award for Multicultiboho Sideshow, 2000

Courses Taught

  • Afro 3112 - In the Heart of the Beat: the Poetry of Rap
  • Afro 5910 - Topics in African American and African Studies
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