Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cranston S. Knight  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in

-- Cranston S. Knight on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Knight teaches history at Malcom X College and lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Professor Knight is a member of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, The Association for Asian Studies and the Society of Midland Authors. He has taught at Columbia College and Loyola University in Chicago. He also lectures at various colleges and universities throughout the country. As an Afro-Latino poet, his voice is rich in the Latin-Africano culture and tradition.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

In the Garden of the Beast
ISBN: 0883781174

Third World Press. 1996

Chronicling the lives of an African American soldier, his Vietnamese lover, and their child, this poetry collection deals painfully and poignantly with the reality of the Vietnam war.

ISBN: 0965176800

The Hunan Press. 1996

On the Borders of Hiroshima: I Heard a Rumor of War
ISBN: 0965176819

Hunan Press, the. 0

La Brigada: Spain (1936-1939)
ISBN: 0883782405

Third World Press. 2004

The poems in ""La are"" are about the impact of Spain on La Brigada, the American unit that fought in the Spanish Civil War. As Cranston Knight states, the poems are about ""those who struggled in a time vortex to save millions in a forgotten war, a forgotten country."" To bridge the cultural and language gap in the telling of these stories, Knight includes a selection of the book's poems in both English and Spanish.


International Poets Who`s Who, 1999. Honored Illinois Author, 1998.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Professor Knight is willing to lecture on a number of current political and historical topics, as well as topics concerning the art of writing poetry and journaling. He is also willing to travel. Contact Information Publisher Hunan Press 5935 N. Magnolia Chicago, Illinois 60660 (312)

334-7039 or (312)