THE 2006 EVENT HAS TAKEN PLACE AND IS RECORDED HERE AS AN HISTORICAL ARCHIVE.
The Eighth National Black Writers Conference
Black Literature: Expanding Conversations
on Race, Identity, History and Genre
Thursday, March 30, 2006 - Sunday, April 2, 2006
The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College Celebrates The Eighth National Black Writers Conference: Black Literature�Expanding Conversations on Race, Identity, History and Genre
Center for Black Literature's Website for more information
The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College recently announced that The Eighth National Black Writers Conference will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2006 through Sunday, April 2, 2006. Invited authors include Haki Madhubuti, Walter Mosley, Samuel Delany, Walter Dean Myers, Quincy Troupe, Ishmael Reed, Elizabeth Nunez, Willie Perdomo, and Camille Yarbrough, among others. Dr. Myrlie Evers-Williams, wife of the late civil rights activist, Medgar Wiley Evers, is the Honorary Conference Chair.
Described by Walter Mosley as �the most significant gathering of black writers in the country,� the National Black Writers Conference is the largest gathering of its kind in North America. Initially conceived in 1986 by the late author John Oliver Killens, the Conference has consistently attracted a stellar array of writers and scholars including Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Alice Walker, and others.
�We are very excited to be able to bring together writers, readers, agents,
editors, publishers, and the general public to hear black writers read from a
range of genres,� said Dr. Brenda Greene, Director of the Center for Black
Literature. �We hope to raise awareness and consciousness about black literary
writers, and examine the ways in which the themes and issues in black literature
encourage us to expand our conversations on race, identity, history, and genre.�
Other invitees to this year�s Conference include: Marita Golden, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Valerie Boyd, Staceyann Chinn, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Herb Boyd, Christopher John Farley, Sheree Renee Thomas, Abiodun, Jacqueline Woodson, Toni Blackman, Lindamichelle Baron, Obery Hendricks, Carl Hancock Rux, Javaka Steptoe, Valerie Wilson Wesley, and Ellease Southerland.
This year�s Conference has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Independence Community Foundation, The New York Times, and College Now program of the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs. The Center for Black Literature is also partnering with Black Issues Book Review and AALBC.com (African American Literature Book Club).
For further information about this historic literary event and for conference updates, please call 718 270-4811 or visit the conference website at www.mec.cuny.edu/nbwc.
Ascension: Black Writers on Writing
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by Brenda M. Greene (Editor), Fred Beauford (Editor)
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Third World Press (May 1, 2008)
Representing conversations from the Eighth National Black Writers Conference in 2006, this collection provides in-depth meditations and analyses of literature by black writers. Reflections on the black experience, the American experience, and a more global experience and worldview are all widely discussed, as well as future trends and ascensions for black literature. Students, teachers, journalists, and other writers will welcome the chance to view parts of the writing process and see inside the heads of prominent black writers. Participants include Marita Golden, Walter Mosley, Ishmael Reed, Herb Boyd, Valerie Boyd, Haki R. Madhubuti, Elizabeth Nunez, Tananarive Due, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Camille Yarbrough, Susan McHenry, and many others.
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