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James Baldwin joins 44 American writers enshrined in the American Poets' Corner.American Poets’ Corner @ Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

Harlem native James Arthur Baldwin (1924-1987) was inducted into the American Poets’ Corner on November 6, 2011 becoming the 44th inductee. While it is true that Baldwin wrote only one volume of poetry — Jimmy’s Blues — the American Poets’ Corner alternates annually between honoring poets and novelists. James Baldwin‘s characters, be they black, white, gay or heterosexual dealt with difficult times and civil unrest.