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Fiction Writing Workshop

Are you interested in starting or finishing your novel? How about completing that short story you have been stuck on? The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, once again, is offering a Fiction Writing Workshop through the Adult & Continuing Education program (ACE).

Get started by working with established, published author Donna Hill and learn tools to hone the craft of creative writing. Beginners are welcome. Limited capacity. This workshop is set up to be taken as both individualized sessions or as a whole course. May and July 2014 calendar available. Read More

The Killens Review of Arts & Letters


The Killens Review of Arts & Letters is currently accepting submissions for the Fall/Winter 2014 issue. Submissions are due by JULY 14, 2014. THEME: “Bring It Forward: Activism In Literature Today.”

The Fall / Winter 2014 issue of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters seeks fiction, essays, poetry, and artwork that reflect the impact of activism in contemporary literary works and art. Read the submission guidelines here.

NBWC:Las Comadres Latino Writers Conference


Las Comadres, in collaboration with Medgar Evers College, CUNY; The National Black Writers Conference, the English Department, and ALAS-Association for Latin American Studies present: The 3rd ANNUAL COMADRES & COMPADRES LATINO WRITERS CONFERENCE, an Extension of the National Black Writers Conference. Saturday, September 27, 2014. Read a full description now.

Rates go up in September so register today! CLICK HERE FOR 2014 REGISTRATION

The 12th National Black Writers Conference


The Center for Black Literature would like to thank all the attendees, participants, volunteers, and supporters of the Twelfth National Black Writers Conference (NBWC). Your participation made this year a huge success.

See panel discussions from this year’s conference on CSPAN’s Book TV.

The Center for Black Literature hosts National Black Writers Conference (the 3-4 day conference) every even year and the NBWC Biennial Symposium (one day) every odd year. Learn More

The Center for Black Literature

Throughout the year, we ask friends and supporters to contribute at all levels. Even the smallest donation can make a difference. We are working to raise funds to supplement the costs of our programming to keep events FREE and / or low cost to the public.

To support our programming, make a donation, and attend one of our upcoming events. We would like YOU to be a part of it all!

Thank you!

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Tune in to “Writers on Writing”
Host, Dr. Brenda Greene, Executive Director, Center for Black Literature
Chair, English Department at Medgar Evers College

Sunday, June 15, 2014
WNYE 91.5 FM
7p.m - 7:30p.m.


Dr. Greene interviews Michael Eric Dyson, cultural critic, sociologist and minister on race, politics, education and the arts.

Dyson reflects on the experiences that led and motivated him to become a public intellectual. As one of the foremost contemporary public intellectuals, whose rhetorical swiftness is legendary, Dyson is a regular commentator on MSNBC, CNN and NPR. Greene asks him to reflect on the concept of a post-racial vs. post-racist society, the role of the musician as a social critic and the impact of hip hop and youth culture in our society.

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“Writers on Writing” radio show airs every Sunday 7 pm - 7:30 pm> on WNYE, 91.5 FM

In the News

The Center for Black Literature at Medar Evers College, CUNY

"Africa Today," KPFA 94.1 FM, February 4, 2014,

Charif Shanahan, “Q & A: Brenda Greene Celebrates Black Literature,” Poets & Writers, March/April 2014.

John Tarleton, “Exploring Black Literature: Medgar Evers College to Host Writers’ Gathering,” Clarion, February 2014.