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    The CBL Staff Wishes You a

    Joyous Holiday Season!


    We're reflecting on 2022 and giving thanks for a highly productive year. Most outstanding is the success of our 20th Anniversary Jubilee Celebration on October 20. It is our honor to share a bit of the magic from that night with those who weren’t able to attend.


    Please enjoy these inspirational

    welcoming remarks from our friend

    Sonia Sanchez


    As 2022 closes, we know that many of you are working on your year-end giving plans to nonprofit organizations. Did you know that CBL relies on donations from the community to thrive? Our year-round literary programs and special events need your financial support.


    We hope we can count on you to help make 2023 our best year ever! If so, please donate what you can by Saturday, December 31, 2022.


    Donate HERE < https://www.rfcuny.org/eventpayment/events/index?college=medgar > (via Research Foundation CUNY aka RFCUNY).


    Have a wonderful holiday season. Enjoy your end-of-year celebrations!


    ~ Team CBL



    The Canvas Institute invites the community to the opening reception of the art exhibition titled Someone Like Me, featuring the Beverly Moorehead Doll Collection. This event will be hosted by Dr. Brenda M. Greene, executive director of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, and the exhibit's curation team, Sadé Dinkins and Teresa Caliari.


    The exhibit takes the viewer on a symbolic journey through a life-sized doll house. Composed of different themed "rooms" and a wide variety of dolls, this exhibit has something for all ages, backgrounds, and identities.


    Someone Like Me Exhibit

    Opening Reception

    Saturday, December 10, 2022

    2:00 pm

    at Canvas Institute

    150 Victory Boulevard

    Staten Island, NY


    To RSVP for the reception, contact

    Sadé Dinkins at shadink@gmail.com






    Novelist Kia Corthorn and poet Willie Perdomo are the faculty members for the Winter 2023 four-day retreat at Medgar Evers College (Brooklyn, NY).


    The dates are February 23 - 26, 2023. Aspiring writers (21 and over) are encouraged to apply.


    The application is downloadable < https://centerforblackliterature.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/WSRWC2023_4WEB_Application_Winter.pdf > (online version coming soon).



    We Are Thrilled to Welcome


    -- New York State Poet Laureate --

    as a Returning Faculty Member

    for the Wild Seeds Retreat

    for Writers of Color (Winter 2023)



    The Wild Seeds Retreat for Writers of Color provides a writing community where established and emerging writers can focus on the craft of writing and create cross-cultural conversations around the literature created by writers of the African diaspora. Writing fellows have an opportunity to draw upon their experiences as writers in a racialized society; to become knowledgeable about the issues facing other writers of color; and to study with a professional in the genres of fiction, memoir, and poetry.



    Willie Perdomo is the author of Smoking Lovely: The Remix (Haymarket Books, 2021), The Crazy Bunch (Penguin Random House, 2019), The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (Penguin Random House, 2014), and Where a Nickel Costs of Dime (Norton, 1996). Winner of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly Award for Poetry, the New York City Book Award in Poetry, and the PEN Open Book Award, Perdomo was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award.


    He is co-editor of the anthology, Latínext, and his work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poetry, Washington Post, The Best AmericanPoetry 2019, and African Voices. Perdomo is currently a Lucas Arts Literary Fellow, a core faculty member at VONA/Voices of our Nation Writing Workshop, and teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy. | Source: www.willieperdomo.com

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      We Wish You a Joyous

      Holiday Season!


      We're continuing our reflection of 2022 and giving thanks for a highly productive year. Most outstanding is the success of our 20th Anniversary Jubilee Celebration in October 20.


      In case you missed it, we're sharing a bit of the magic from that night.


      Please enjoy these inspirational

      words of support from our friend

      Dr. Cornel West




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