Killens Review of Arts & Letters
Call for Papers:
The Fall 2014 issue of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters seeks submissions, fiction, essays, poetry, and artwork that reflect the impact of activism in contemporary literary works and art.
Works are to be submitted by July 14, 2014.
Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Fall 2014
“Bring It Forward: Activism in Literature Today”
In the 1950s and 1960s, the late John Oliver Killens was considered a premiere writer-activist. While many of his books, such as “Youngblood,” reflect honest and realistic portrayals of African-American experiences there was also the vibrant tone of activism in his telling of the story. Literature and art and politics may have their own distinctive ideals; however, when combined with an activist spirit at its heart the resulting work is powerful and memorable.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, and this summer marks the 50th anniversary of both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Mississippi Summer Project, known as Freedom Summer, in which civil rights organizations including the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organized a voter registration drive aimed at increasing voter registration in Mississippi. More than 1,000 people exhibited their activists’ spirit and voices to oppose social and racial injustice in the South.
Thinking back on these historic events in which activism was galvanized, it calls for reflection upon the ways activism has impacted art and literature—then and now.
Submission of Material
The Killens Review of Arts & Letters is published once or twice a year by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. The Killens Review seeks book reviews, essays, short stories, creative nonfiction, art, poetry, and interviews related to the various cultural, sociopolitical, and historical experiences of writers and artists from the African diaspora. The aim is to provide well-known and lesser-known authors as well as educators and students opportunities to create and expand the canon of literature produced by people of color.
While the Killens Review of Arts & Letters welcomes unsolicited material, we prefer to publish original material, i.e. first-ever publication. Unless otherwise selected by the editors, we cannot run a piece that has previously appeared elsewhere in print or on the Web. Please submit to only one category at a time: essay, fiction, interview, poetry, prose, and art. We aim to respond to your submission within two months.
Essay, Fiction, and Prose
- Please send one piece at a time. We have no set maximum length or minimum length for prose submissions. (The average word count is about 1,500–2,000 words.) Most submissions, however, are between 2,000 - 4,000 words.
- Please set up your submission in letter-sized format, with ample margins, double-spaced, using a standard typeface (e.g., Times New Roman, Helvetica, Arial) and font size (12 point is best).
- Include your name, title of the work, and page numbers on your submission.
- Also include a one- to two-sentence bio about the author. If the submission is an academic essay with references, please include your bibliography at the end.
Please do not submit book manuscripts.
Poetry: Please send up to three poems.
Art and Photography: We welcome all types of image submissions. Please include a short note about the context of the images and title and/or caption information. Please include no more than six hi-res jpegs (at 300 dpi).
Electronic and Postal Submissions
Kindly e-mail material to email@example.com with “Killens Review” in the subject heading.
Please include a brief introduction of yourself and of the work being submitted.,
On the first page of your submission be sure to include:
- 1. Your name
- 2. Telephone number
- 3. e-mail address
Please make sure the pages are numbered.
Or mail material to
Center for Black Literature
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
RE: Killens Review
Material will only be returned if the sender includes a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE).
The Killens Review of Arts & Letters is published by The Center for Black Literature (CBL) at Medgar Evers College, of the City University of New York, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225; telephone: 718-804-8883
Material in this publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without permission. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the CBL. The Killens Review of Arts & Letters cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs, or artwork.
The late John Oliver Killens, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, activist, educator, and founder of the National Black Writers Conference at Medgar Evers College, shared these inspiring words with an audience after a public reading for the publication of his landmark book Youngblood. In this spirit, The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College publishes the Killens Review of Arts & Letters, a biannual literary journal aimed to provide established writers and artists, as well as emerging authors, poets, visual artists, and educators and students opportunities to create and expand the canon of literature produced by writers of color. With its inaugural issue, presented at the Tenth National Black Writers Conference, the Killens Review of Arts & Letters began with the commitment to support the mission and work of the John Oliver Killens Chair. The Killens Review of Arts & Letters includes essays, creative nonfiction, short stories, art, poetry, and interviews with authors and artists. Each publication will offer writers and artists, and scholars and students the chance to share their work. The journal will also feature the works of those writers of the African diaspora who may have been left out of the Western literary canon. It is important that we continue to provide and remind the general public, students, faculty, and those in the literary and publishing communities about the significance of the broad range of works produced by Black writers.
Fall / Winter 2013
Impact Beyond Boundaries
Table of Contents
LUIS REYES RIVERA PHOTOGRAPHED BY GEORGE MALAVE
Feature: What Do You Do to Help Change the
World? by Louis Reyes Rivera
Essay: On the Passing of a Major Revolutionary Poet,
Louis Reyes Rivera by Tony Medina
Tribute: To Louis Reyes Rivera by Tony Mitchelson and Angela Kinamore
Feature: Black Writers Reflect on Ecoliterature by Brenda M. Greene, Ph.D. (Read)
Essay: Rescue Missions and Environmental Justice in Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters by Barbara J. Webb
Portfolio: Artist Elvira Clayton
Interview: Stephanie Powell Watts by Clarence V. Reynolds (Read)
Fiction: Family Museum of the Ancient Postcards by Stephanie Powell Watts
Feature: Excerpt from Gypsy & The Bully Door by Nina Angela Mercer
Poetry: by Dana Crum and Keisha-Gaye Anderson
Fiction: 1980 When We Were Kinds in JA by Sean Anderson
To purchase the current issue of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters, go to http://killensreview.eventbrite.com/
Fall / Winter 2012
Reconstructing the Master Narrative
Table of Contents
HENRY DUMAS PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE HENRY LEE DUMAS ESTATE: EUGENE B. REDMOND, LITERARY EXECUTOR.COPYRIGHT 1968-2012 BY LORETTA DUMAS AND EUGENE B. REDMOND
Essay: Henry Dumas and John Oliver Killens: Activism Across Generations by Jeffrey Leak (Read)
Fiction: Arc of Bones by Henry Dumas
Portfolio: Artist David Graves
Feature: Selected Proceedings from the 2010 National Black Writers Conference by Brenda M. Greene, Ph.D. (Read)
Feature: Black Writers Reconstructing the Master Narrative (Read)
Feature: The Impact of Hip-Hop and Popular Culture in
the Literature of Black Writers
Poetry: By Tracey K. Smith
Portfolio: Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Dedication to His Growth as an Artist by Javaka Steptoe
Tribute: To Lynnette Velasco
Fiction: My Own Flesh and Blood by Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti
Fall / Winter 2010
The Power of Voice
Table of Contents
Essay: Amiri Baraka and Poetic Obscurity by Geoffrey Jacques
Interview: A Conversation with Ntozake Shange by Brenda M. Greene, Ph.D. (Read)
Excerpt: Some Sing, Some Cry by Notzake Shange and Ifa Bayeza
Poetry: A Rich Voice in Verse: Poems by Carolyn M. Rodgers; Movement by Keisha-Gaye Anderson
Portfolio: Photographer Jules Allen
Fiction: Ms. Cuffee by Sean Anderson
Spring / Summer 2010
The World of Book Publishing
Table of Contents
Feature: Let’s Do Lunch by Herb Boyd (Read)
Feature: A Select List of Literary Agents
Feature: Ebb and Flow in Black Publishing by David Hatchett
Excerpt: John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard
Essay:Toni Morrison: Recreating the Master Narrative by Brenda M. Greene, Ph.D. (Read)
Excerpt: Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden
Essay: Why African-American Children’s Literature? by Lynnette Velasco (Read)
Feature: Blogging: The Democratization of News by Candice Newberry