Carolyn M. Rodgers
Rodgers’s poetry addresses feminist issues, including the role of black women in society, though her work has evolved from a militant stance to one more focused on the individual and Christianity. In addition to poetry, she has written plays, short stories, and essays. She worked as a book critic for the Chicago Daily News and as a columnist for the Milwaukee Courier.
Rodgers founded Third World Press in 1967 with Haki Madhubuti, Johari Amini, and Roschell Rich. She began Eden Press with a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Rodgers has worked as a social worker through the YMCA and taught at various colleges, including Columbia College and Malcolm X Community College.
Rodgers has received awards from the Conrad Kent River Memorial Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.