Sterling A. Brown (May 1, 1901 – January 13, 1989) was renowned as a teacher, joining the faculty of Howard University in 1929. He published two volumes of poems: Southern Road (1932), and The Last Ride of Wild Bill (1975), and his Collected Poems, edited by Michael S. Harper, was published posthumously (1980). In addition, he edited landmark anthologies such as The Negro Caravan (1941), and Negro Poetry and Drama (1937), and served as Editor on Negro Affairs for the Federal Writers Project during the Great Depression. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, and honorary degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Howard University, Northwestern University, Williams College, Boston University, Brown University, and Lewis and Clark College. He served as the first Poet Laureate of Washington, DC.