Items Tagged With African American

Agents & Editors: Dawn Davis

by Michael Szczerban

Feature

Posted 8.19.15

September/October 2015

Dawn Davis—vice president and publisher of 37 INK, an imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Atria Publishing Group—talks about editing Edward P. Jones, the lack of diversity in publishing, and what some of the most successful authors have in common.

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An Inspired Archive of African Poetry

by Stacia L. Brown

News and Trends

Posted 6.17.15

July/August 2015

Since its founding in 2008, Badilisha Poetry X-Change has built the largest online archive of contemporary African poetry, including work by nearly four hundred poets from more than thirty countries across Africa and the diaspora. Now, with the launch of a new mobile site, Badilisha is making African poetry more accessible and interactive to millions of Africans.

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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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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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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 2015 by December 18. 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.

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.