13th National Black Writers Conference
Thursday, March 31 – Sunday, April 3, 2015
Note: Program participants and schedule are subject to change.
2016 National Black Writers Conference Schedule
Planned Programming (as of March 25, 2016)
Day 1 – COMMUNITY DAY
*This Day Is FREE And OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016
FOR CONFERENCE GOERS AND GENERAL PUBLIC.
PRESENTATION ON CALL FOR PAPERS
11 A.M. – 3 P.M.
Location: Edison O. Jackson Auditorium
Medgar Evers College, Academic Building 1
1638 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225
11 a.m.–11:35 a.m. – Decoded: Hip-Hop
- Hannah Silva “Live Writing: Black British Poets in Performance.”
11:40 a.m.–12:40 a.m. – Creating Dangerously
- Renee M. Kingan “Pushing Back: Jayne Cortez and Unesco’s War on War.“
- Ciara Miller “How [THEY] Got Ovah: Aesthetics of Three Chicago Black Women Poets”
- Althea Tait “Rita Dove: Movement Between the Aesthetics of Discomfort and the Next.”
- Shante Cozier “The Art of Noir & Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories.”
12:45 a.m.–2:10 p.m.- Politics of Race and Gender
- Hilda Davis “The Political and Psychological Implications of Movement in Harlem/New Negro Renaissance Literature.”)
- John Scrimgeour “The Steps from the Hill: Race and Class in Langston Hughes’s ‘Theme for English B’.”
- Ilinca Diaconu- Stillo “From Trauma to Community: War, Racism, and African-American Masculinities in Toni Morrison’s Sula and”
- Janelle Jemmott “Michael Eric Dyson: Writing Race, Embracing Difference.”
- Janelle Morris “Service to All Mankind: Utilizing Writings by Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha in Africana Centered Bibliography.”
2:15 p.m.–3 p.m. –AfroFuturism
- Kermit Rodriguez “Toni Morrison: Shattering the Glass Ceiling with the Fist of the African Female Trickster.”
- Helen K Thomas “Resisting the Silence: Exploring the Radical Act of Remembering through Jacqueline Woodson and Jason Reynolds Young Adult Novels”
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
“TALES OF OUR TIMES” READING- PRESENTATION OF THE ELDERS WRITING WORKSHOP
Edison O. Jackson Auditorium
1638 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225
“Black Women Writing Memory, Writing Fate”
What does the future hold for African-Americans? Can greater knowledge of the past help us create our own destiny? Memoirists of the Elders Writing Workshop at Siloam Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn will share their wisdom, rooted in history, so we can better understand now and begin to shape a dynamic, empowered tomorrow.
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Town Hall Forum: Legacy and Succession: The Role and Responsibility of the Black Writer and Black Institutions
EDISON O. JACKSON AUDITORIUM
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Free and open to the public.
Author, poet, and publisher Haki Madhubuti, whose latest book is titled “Taking Bullets: Terrorism and Black Life in Twenty-First Century America, a Poet’s Representation and Challenge” will lead a town hall discussion on the subject. Journalist and reporter Ashley Johnson has been invited to join this intergenerational conversation.
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
7th National Black Writers Conference Poetry Café
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
The 7th Annual Poetry Café is coordinated by Wendy Robinson and the host is Ashley August.
Featured are poets Liza Jessie Peterson and Nkosi Nkululeko , the 2016 NYC Youth Poet Laureate. Emerging poets include Angel S. Aviles, Chanel Dupree, Khadijah Johnson, and Shye Sales.
Participating schools are asked to arrive early to check-in students. If you are interested in this program please contact the Center for Black Literature at 718-804-8883 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This is free for all NYC schools both public and private. Limited space. Your school MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED TO PARTICIPATE.
Download form now: Registration form_NBWC_groups_2016
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEVEL
Coordinated by Wade and Cheryl Hudson of Just Us Books
Presentations with Cheryl Willis Hudson, author of My Friend Maya Loves to Dance and Songs I Love to Sing; Wade Hudson, author of It’s Church Going Time and Feeling II Love to Share;
Calvin Alexander Ramsey, author of Ruth and the Green Book and Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend; Denise Lewis Patrick, author, Finding Someplace and No Ordinary Sound; Jerry Craft, author/illustrator, Mama’s Boyz and The Offenders: Saving the World While Serving Detention! A book giveaway and group wrap-up closes the program.
Visit them at justusbooksonlinestore.com
All classes are to report to FOUNDERS AUDITORIUM between 9:00- 9:30 AM.
1st & 2nd Graders remain in Founders Auditorium
9:50 AM – 10:20 AM Presentation, Cheryl Willis Hudson, author, My Friend Maya Loves to Dance and Songs I Love to Sing
10:25 AM – 11:05 Presentation by Wade Hudson, author, Its Church Going Time and Feelings I Love to Share
3rd, 4th & 5th Graders convene in Edison O. Jackson Auditorium
9:50 AM – 10:20 AM Presentation, Calvin Alexander Ramsey, author, Ruth and the Green Book and Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend
10:25 AM – 11:00 AM Presentation, Denise Lewis Patrick, author, Finding Someplace and No Ordinary Sound
1st & 2nd Graders Rejoin 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders- Founders Auditorium
11:15 AM – 12:00 Presentation, Jerry Craft, author/illustrator, Mama’s Boyz; The Offenders: Saving the World While Serving Detention!
12:05 PM Book giveaway & Wrap-up
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
1650 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Limited space must be confirmed BEFORE arrival. Students are to arrive between 12:30 – 1:00 PM.
Poets Jennifer Cendaña Armas, Mo Beasley, and Monique “Orisha Love” Letamendi will perform their poetry for students before facilitating writing and performance workshops. The workshops will explore such themes as place, identity, and social justice. Workshop participants will write their own poems. They will be encouraged to perform their poems in a closing cypher.
1:00 –1:20 p.m.
Students assemble in the auditorium and break into groups.
1:20 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Performances by Jennifer Cendaña Armas, Mo Beasley, and Monique “Orisha Love” Letamendi
2:10 p.m. –3:30 p.m.
Writing and performance, break-out workshops
3:40 p.m. –4:15 p.m.
Closing cypher (student-centered performances)
Key to Locations:
Bedford Building – 1650 Bedford Avenue
[B- Building on the map.]
- Founders Auditorium -1st Floor
- President’s Conference Center(Room B1008) -1st Floor
- N. B. Johnson Lecture Hall (Room B2008) 2nd Floor
- Rotunda / Ticket booth– 1st Floor in front of Founders Auditorium
Academic Complex Building – 1638 Bedford Avenue
- Edison O. Jackson Auditorium –1st Floor
- Room L12, Art Gallery-1st Floor
- Skylight Café– 2nd Floor (Cafeteria)
Student Services Building – 1637 Bedford Avenue
[S- on the map.]
- Mary S. Pinkett Lecture Hall (Room S122) –1st Floor
- Atrium – 3rd Floor
- Conference Room –3rd Floor
Room numbers beginning with “CP” indicates the Carroll St. Portable Buildings-1150 Carroll St. [‘C’ on the map.]
Parking in any MEC, CUNY lots are allowed by “permit only” for Thursday and Friday.
Pre-Registration, On-Site Registration, and Check-In
Location: Rotunda, Medgar Evers College
|Opens||*10 AM||10 AM||9:30 AM||9:30 AM|
|Closes||4:30 PM||8 PM||8 PM||4 PM|
*Times subject to adjust based on need. Elementry schools should arrive between 9:00 – 9:30 AM to check in.
- If you pre-registered on-line, please bring your barcoded confirmation (eventbrite ticket) with you to expedite your entry.
- Students, Faculty, and Seniors are required to present identification upon check-in.
- On-site Registration begins on the first day of the Conference.
- Registration is required for ALL events, panels and workshops.