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Arnaud "Arna" Wendell Bontemps (1902-1973) was a well-known African American poet, writer of fiction and biography, and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. Author of over twenty books, his works also include children's fiction, theater, and history. He was a professor of English at the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle Campus, and for many years was head librarian at the Fisk University Library.