Items Tagged With African American

A Profile of Tracy K. Smith

by Renee H. Shea

Feature

Posted 2.10.15

Renee H. Shea

In her extraordinary new memoir, Ordinary Light, Pulitzer Prize­–winning poet Tracy K. Smith embraces a fuller sense of herself as a writer while cementing the connection between her children and her ancestors using the best glue she knows: words.

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A Profile of T. Geronimo Johnson

by Kevin Nance

Feature

Posted 2.10.15

Kevin Nance

For T. Geronimo Johnson, whose second book, Welcome to Braggsville, was published in February, writing is a way to push himself, and his readers, into uncomfortable territory—to start a conversation, a communion, that could open up our hearts.

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Hurston/Wright Foundation Turns 25

by Stacia Brown

News and Trends

Posted 12.16.14

January/February 2015

Amidst questions of racial diversity in the publishing industry, the Hurston/Wright foundation continues its outstanding support of African American writers, promising a brighter outlook for the state of writing in America.

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Resources for Writers and the Role of Community: Washington, D.C. 2014

Posted 11.12.14

Bonnie Rose Marcus, director of Poets & Writers’ Readings & Workshops (East), leads a discussion about resources available to writers in Washington, D.C., the importance of community, and how various literary communities can support one another. Panelists include Carlos Parada Ayala, Sarah Browning, Elizabeth Bruce, and Regie Cabico.

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Furious Flower Conference

Posted 8.19.14

Type: 
Conference
Location: 
Harrisonburg, VA
Event Date: 
January 1, 2099

The 2014 Furious Flower Conference: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry was held from September 24 to September 27 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The conference featured readings, lectures, and roundtable discussions. Participating poets included Jericho Brown, Kwame Dawes, Toi Derricotte, Rita Dove, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Nikki Giovanni, Aracelis Girmay, Michael Harper, Duriel Harris, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Marilyn Nelson, Ishmael Reed, Sonia Sanchez, Evie Shockley, Quincy Troupe, and Frank X Walker. The cost of the conference was $275 ($70 for students). On-site registration was available. Lodging was available for discounted rates at nearby hotels. Visit the website for more information.

Contact Information: 

Furious Flower Conference, Furious Flower Poetry Center, James Madison University, 500 Cardinal Drive, MSC 3802, Harrisonburg, VA 22807. (540) 568-8883.

Literary Awards

Literary Awards

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in the United States during the previous year. The awards honor books that depict the "cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora." Publishers may nominate books published in 2014 by December 19. There is no entry fee. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines and the list of jurors to whom the books should be sent.

Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize

Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Northwestern University Press is given biennially for a second book of poetry by an African American poet. Parneshia Jones and Frank X Walker will judge. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 50 to 75 pages with a $20 entry fee by April 1.Visit the website for complete guidelines.

PEN Open Book Award

PEN Open Book Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book-length work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer of color published in the United States during the previous year. Authors may be of any nationality. Publishers and agents may submit three copies of a book published in 2012 with a $50 entry fee by February 1. Fee waivers are available for small presses. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Poetry Prize

Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Graywolf Press is given annually for a first poetry collection by a poet of African descent. Nikky Finney will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 75 pages with a $15 entry fee by March 9. Call or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Voices Summer Writing Workshops

Posted 2.4.10

Type: 
Conference
Location: 
Houston, TX
Event Date: 
January 1, 2099

The 2013 Voices Summer Writing Workshops for writers of color, presented by the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, was held from June 23 to June 29 on the University of California campus in Berkeley. The program offered workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 2013 faculty included poets Elmaz Abinader, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Ruth Forman, David Mura; fiction writers Junot Díaz, M. Evelina Galang, Mat Johnson, Jeffrey Renard Allen; and creative nonfiction writers Faith Adiele, and Staceyann Chin. In addition, two residencies are offered annually which allowed writers individual mentorship opportunities. Tuition was $800 for the workshop, and $700 for the residency. Visit the website for more information. 

Contact Information: 

Voices Summer Writing Workshops, Voices of Our Nations Foundation, 11903 Mullins Drive, Houston, TX 77035. (510) 214-2010. Diem Jones, Executive Director.

Genres Published: 
Poetry
Genres Published: 
Fiction
Genres Published: 
Creative Nonfiction
Formats: 
Web
Formats: 
E-publication
Formats: 
Print
Formats: 
Audio
Formats: 
Video
Reporting Time: 
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
No
Accepts Electronic Submissions: 
Yes
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Yes
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Yes
Payment: 
Contributor copies only
Year Founded: 
2007
Issues per Year: 
4
Issue Price: 
$6.00/issue (inclusive of postage)
Subscription: 
$20.00/year (inclusive of postage)
Circulation: 
1,000 to 2,500
Editorial Focus: 

We look for writing that is surprisingly exceptional, not necessarily the in your face brilliance, but the kind of writing that surprises you with story and a clear focus and voice. We love new writers, adore established writers, and embrace the I've-Never-Done-This-Before writers. If you have a story, a poem, an essay, or something that you haven't quite classified yet, but you think it could stand up to being read, then please submit it. Our staff loves to read!

Tips From the Editor: 

Please do include your name, number, and e-mail; please do submit YOUR OWN ORIGINAL UNPUBLISHED WORK; please do keep your cover letter short and sweet. Please don't submit the same piece multiple times; please don't forget if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

Contact Information
Kerriann Ehlen, Editor-In-Chief
PO BOX 260266
Madison,
Wisconsin
53726

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Last updated: May 22, 2012