Items Tagged With African American

Poetry and Standardized Tests, the Shakespeare Detective, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 1.9.17

Fiction writer Yaa Gyasi on her debut novel; new Philip Levine poetry books; a survey of Great American Novels; and other news.

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James Patterson’s Holiday Bonuses, Shirley Jackson’s Centenary, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.15.16

The birth of African American literature; handwritten book by J. K. Rowling sells at auction for £370,000; Oprah’s new imprint; and other news. 

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Widening the Path: The Importance of Publishing Black Writers

by Elizabeth Nunez

The Literary Life

Posted 12.14.16

Elizabeth Nunez

Novelist Elizabeth Nunez discusses the historical and contemporary challenges that black writers face in the publishing industry, and urges publishers to address those challenges by publishing more diverse authors.

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Open to Interpretation: Fifteen Notes on Form and Failure

by Kevin Simmonds

Special Section

Posted 12.14.16

Kevin Simmonds

A composer and writer discusses the inspiration behind his play Emmett Till a river, which employs the Japanese theater form Noh, and the ways in which artistic practice can succeed through failure.

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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 2016 by December 16. 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 Jacqueline Jones LaMon will judge. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 48 to 75 pages with a $20 entry fee by April 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Poetry Prize

Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a black poet of African descent. Kwame Dawes will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 75 pages with a $20 entry fee by March 15. 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.