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The 12th National Black Writers Conference

Online Registration extended until
Wednesday, March 26, 2014!

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The Center for Black Literature hosts the 12TH National Black Writers Conference at Medgar Evers College.

Honoring:

Myrlie Evers-Williams

Maryse Condé

Walter Mosley

Quincy Troupe

Derek Walcott

Margaret Burroughs

The 12th National Black Writers Conference

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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


Upcoming Events

anniversary

Saturday, March 29, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Medgar Evers College

Since 2003, the Center for Black Literature has presented and promoted the rich legacy of literature produced by writers and poets of the African Diaspora. Join poets Quincy Troupe, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Staceyann M Chin, Tyehimba Jess,Hermina Marcellin, singer Kendra Ross, and actor Michael Green as we celebrate ten years of exploring themes, trends, and issues in Black literature. Your continued support makes our programs possible. Hosted by MK Lewis, comedian. Learn More



Saturday, March 22, 2014
6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

“Audre Lorde: A Burst of Light Symposium”
and a Tribute to
Esther Cooper Jackson,
Managing Editor of Freedomways
Medgar Evers College, Founders Auditorium
1650 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Featuring Keynote Speaker Angela Davis
Free and Open to the Public


In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Center for Black Literature will partner with The Du Bois-Bunche Center for Public Policy, MEC’s English Department and the Center for Women’s Development to pay tribute to the legacy of the feminist poet and writer Audre Lorde. The Keynote Speaker is activist and scholar Angela Davis with guests Steven Fullwood, of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and asha bandele, human rights advocate, poet, journalist, and author. During the program, there will also be a tribute to Esther Cooper Jackson for her leadership as an editor and publisher of Freedomways Journal.  For more information, visit the Calendar of Events at Eventbrite



Friday, March 28, 2014
6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

A Conversation with Derek Walcott
The Search for Self in Caribbean Literature:
Past, Present, and Future”
Medgar Evers College, Founders Auditorium
1650 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225


A Special Literary Event featuring Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. For this special literary event, poet and playwright Derek Walcott will be joined by the Trinidad-born poet Mervyn Taylor and St. Lucian poet and producer Adrian in a program titled “The Search for Self in Caribbean Literature: Past, Present, and Future.” The conversation will focus on Walcott’s writing life and explore the themes of identity, memory, belonging and spirituality in his work and in Caribbean literature.  This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. For more information, Click here or visit the Calendar of Events at Eventbrite (Photograph by Danielle Devaux/Danidevaux.com)

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, is offering, for the first time, 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. Read More

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Tune In This Week!

Sunday, April 6 & April 13, 2014
“Writers on Writing” Radio Show
With Dr. Brenda M. Greene

Executive Director of the Center for Black Literature

WNYE 91.5 FM

Dr. Greene interviews author Marita Golden as they discuss the Hurston/Wright Foundation workshops, literature and publishing.

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




Tune in to C-SPAN Book TV

Saturday, April 12 at noon, and Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m.,

For coverage of the Twelfth National Black Writers Conference at Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Saturday, April 12; noon:

"Race, Power, and Politics"

 “Shifting Identities in Africa and the African Diaspora”

 Sunday, April 13; 2 p.m.

"Saving Ourselves, Saving Our Communities"

 "Reconstructing the Historical Narrative"

 "The State of Publishing"


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.