NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, African American, Harlem Renaissance Era, Music

William Waring Cuney
(May 6, 1906 - June 30, 1976)

503 Florida Ave. NW, Shaw neighborhood, DC.

Cuney, a Harlem Renaissance-era author and musician, is the author of two books of poems, collected late in his career: Puzzles (1960), and Storefront Church (1973). He was included in the landmark anthologies Caroling Dusk (1927) and Book of Negro Poetry (1931), and tied for first place in the 1926 Opportunity Literary Contest in poetry.

Born and raised in DC, Cuney lived in this house with his parents and twin brother from 1908 through 1926.


Beltway Poetry Quarterly, "Brian Gilmore on Waring Cuney"