Vermont Humanities

Toussaint St. Negritude

Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin with students in front of a schoolbus


Toussaint St. Negritude wears a gray newsboy cap and tan jacket with a green collared shirt, blue tie, and tortoise shell round glasses standing in front of a green outdoor backgroundCommunity Programs Officer


With ears and ideas open wide, poet and bass clarinetist Toussaint St. Negritude comes to Vermont Humanities with a lifetime’s breadth of community enhancement, advocating the essential intersectionality of perspectives on the arts, spirituality, justice, sustainability, ethnicity, queer life, and the restorative benefit of our connection to Vermont’s landscape.


A former Poet Laureate of Belfast, Maine, the works of Toussaint St. Negritude have been widely celebrated, published, and recorded for over 40 years. US Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks fondly described his work as “full of sweet sounds and surprises.”


Originally from San Francisco, Toussaint has lived and broadly thrived across the African Diaspora, from the sacred mountains of Haiti to the Coltrane District of North Philadelphia. On an alpine sanctuary facing east, Toussaint continues to thrive in the farthest elevations of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.



Vermont Humanities*** January 25, 2023