- Adebe DeRango-Adem
was born in Rochester, New York, to Cornelius Eady, Sr., a schoolteacher, and Alveta Hayes, an activist.
As a teenager Eady spent a great deal of time at Rochester’s Rundel Public Library, where he was first introduced to the works of poets Allen Ginsberg and Pablo Neruda. The library also afforded him a place to listen to records, which would foster part of the musical cadences of his writings to come. After attending Rochester Educational Alternative for his junior and senior years, Eady remained in Rochester to attend Empire State University, where he pursued English with a concentration in creative writing during the years 1977 to 1979. Although he never formally graduated from the program, it was during this time that he was introduced to the works of Yusef Komunyakaa a poet whose own acclaim in African American arts and letters had at once opened the door for ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.