Nalo Hopkinson, Elsie Augustave and More at the 2014 National Black Writers Conference

The Twelfth National  Black Writers Conference:

Reconstructing the Master Narrative

Sponsored by the Center for Black Literature

 Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Brooklyn

Thursday, March 27, 2014       to Sunday, March 30, 2014

The 12th National Black Writers Conference:  Reconstructing...

The Twelfth National Black Writers Conference will provide  writers, scholars, literary professionals, students, and the general public  with a forum for engaging in dynamic and spirited conversations, panel  discussions, readings, workshops, and performances on themes related to Reconstructing  the Master Narrative.

The 2014 NBWC theme of “Black Writers Reconstructing the Master Narrative” builds on previous NBWCs and takes into account the need to expose the general public to the vast range of texts that Black writers throughout the diaspora are producing. Using this theme as the premise of this public gathering of writers, students, literary agents, editors and the general public will have an opportunity to attend panels, roundtables and readings, participate in workshops, and take in performances over the four days of the Conference. The honorees for the Twelfth NBWC are: Maryse Condé, Walter Mosley, Quincy Troupe, Derek Walcott, and posthumously to Margaret Burroughs.

The National Black Writers Conference is a public program that will provide writers, scholars, literary professionals, students, and the general public with a forum for expanding their knowledge and reading of Black literature and for engaging in dynamic and spirited conversations, panel discussions, readings, workshops, and performances on conference themes and on future trends in the literature of Black writers.

Event Highlights

3/28: Films Celebrating Activism in Black Literature: A selection of short films inspired  by and with literary themes. Sponsored by the NBWC and African Voices/Reel Sisters

3/28: The Search for Self in Caribbean Literature: Past, Present, and Future: A Special Literary Event featuring Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. For this special literary event, poet and playwright Derek Walcott will be joined by the Trinidad-born poet Mervyn Taylor and St. Lucian poet and producer Adrian Augier to participate in a program titled “The Search for Self in Caribbean Literature: Past, Present, and Future.” The conversation will focus on Walcott’s writing life and explore the themes of identity, memory, belonging and spirituality in his work and in  Caribbean literature. $10 donation for non-conference attendees.  http://www.centerforblackliterature.org/registration.php

3/29: Race, Power, and Politics: The interrelationship    between race, power, and politics is more intricate than it has ever been.    While some argue that the intersections of race, power, and politics have    produced social and political movements, others have argued that we live in a post-racial society where race no longer matters. They suggest that we have transcended race.

Click here to register for the conference and to purchase tickets to special events.

Click here for an overview of the conference.

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