Cullen was minister at Salem Methodist Episcopal Church in Harlem, and thus Cullen was raised a Methodist. He went to DeWitt Clinton High School in New York and started writing poetry at the age of 14. He went to New York University in 1922 and graduated in 1923 after publishing poetry in The Crisis, under W. E. B. Du Bois, and Opportunity, of the National Urban League.
Read three of Countee Cullen's poems, free from the web site of the English Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.