Amos Paul


Amos Paul Kennedy
Detroit, MI
2015 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Andrew Glasgow.

I was born.

I am animal.

I am human.I live.

I live negro.

I tell you this because you will mistake me for an africanamerican BUT i am negro, a descendant of the enslaved peoples of theseunitedstatesofamerica.

I live southern.

I was born colored in Louisiana. I was raised negro. I was educated Black at Grambling College, a historically integrated college.

I live in the moment.

In the moment is creation. Creation is within every human. We must celebrate our creativity. The moment fuels our creativity.

I live to put ink on paper.

This is the major outlet for my creativity. I put ink on paper for the glory of my peoples. The words of my peoples have largely been excluded from “fine print.” I defy this condition and force my peoples’ presence into this part of this civilization’s culture.

I am a printer.

I am not an artist.

I am a stuff-maker.

I am not an artist.

I am a visitor.I will die.
  • Photo by Josh Dannin.
  • Photo by Tom Greensfelder.
  • Photo by Stephen Savage.