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Countee Cullen By John doe Countee Cullen Porter was considered by many to be the most talented of the Harlem Renaissance poets Cullen was a novelist and a playwright but he was known by most as a poet He was born on March 30 1903 in New York Cullen was adopted at some point between the time of his birth and 1918 By 1921 he changed his last name to Cullen from his adopted mothers last name He attended DeWitt Clinton High School between 1918- 1921 During this time he was editor of his schools newspaper and of the magazine Magpie and during High School he wrote his first poetry that received notice He also attended New York University for four years Not much is known of the early years of his childhood up until 1918 Between the time of Cullens birth 1918 he was adopted by Rev Frederick Aand Carolyn Bell Mitchell Cullen of the Salem Methodist Episcopal Church in Harlem It is unknown how old Cullen was when he got adopted Rev Cullen regained Countee Cullens faith back in himself by getting him to understand that any goal or dream that he had to fulfill it Countee received much help both mentally and physically from his adopted father it is said that if Countee would not have been adopted by the Reverend he would not have gone as far as he eventually did Countee Cullen was considered one of the most talented of the Harlem Renaissance poets A lot of his poetry was written during his high school and college years During high school Cullen won his first
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