Anthony Grooms (b. 1955)
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Anthony Grooms (b. 1955)
and arts administrator who is well known in the Atlanta area for his
work in organizing arts events and for his
support and encouragement of other writers.
Born January 15, 1955, Grooms was raised and educated in rural Louisa County, Virginia, 120 miles south of Washington, D.C.
The eldest of six children, he
grew up among an extended African American family that also claimed Native American and European heritage.
parents-Robert E. Grooms, a refrigeration mechanic, and Dellaphine Scott, a textile worker and housewife-encouraged his
In 1967, as a preface to the forced racial integration of Virginia's public school system, his
parents enrolled him in the Freedom of Choice plan that brought about limited integration of the white public schools.
notes that many of his
attitudes about race and class in the United States were formed before 1967, the school integration experience was, nonetheless, a landmark event in his
life, contributing to a perspective that is evident in many of his
Grooms graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1978 with a B.A. degree in theatre and speech.
focus was playwriting, and student theater groups produced several of his
Later he studied at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he developed a professional interest in creative writing and graduated in 1984 with an M.F.A. degree in English.
After graduate school, he
married Pamela B. Jackson, an administrative judge, and moved to Atlanta in 1988 to teach, where he
found a subject for his
writings in the American civil rights movement of the 1960s.
In 1994 Grooms cofounded the Georgia Writers Association with writer Geri Taran and literary agent Susan L. Graham.
is the author
Courtesy of Anthony Grooms
Reviewing Trouble No More for MELUS
, a critical journal of multiethnic literature, Diptiranjan Pattanaik
writes that Grooms
demonstrates "the insider's profound knowledge of the history and struggles of African Americans, while consistently managing to circumscribe his
breadth of understanding with a tender story-telling art."
Though the subject matter of his
work varies, Grooms's
most notable writing focuses on characters struggling with the uncertainty of the civil rights movement.
novel, Bombingham, takes place in Birmingham in 1963, during the height of the tumult.
Jabari Asim, "Homegrown Terrorism," review of Bombingham, by Anthony Grooms
, Washington Post Book World, October 9, 2001, C11.
Diptiranjan Pattanaik, review of Trouble No More, by Anthony Grooms, MELUS: The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 24, no. 3 (1999): 193-95.
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