The theme of “Gathering at the Waters” connotes bringing together family and communities to look at the ways in which we affect and are part of each other’s lives.
The 2019 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium, “Playwrights and Screenwriters at the Crossroads,” is a public gathering of writers, scholars, literary professionals, performers, students and the general public. It will provide a forum for examining the trends and themes addressed by Black playwrights and filmmakers; showcase the work of Black playwrights and screenwriters; and pay tribute to Ntozake Shange, Obie Award-winning renowned poet, playwright, and novelist. Ifa Bayeza, playwright, producer, novelist, and sister of Ntozake Shange is the featured speaker. The Symposium will continue the conversation generated at the 14th National Black Writers Conference: “Gathering at the Waters, Healing, Legacy and Activism in the Literature of Black Writers.” Roundtable discussions and a town hall forum will focus on how race, politics, and popular culture influence literary writing, playwriting, and screenwriting on the stage and screen. Speakers include Keith Josef Adkins, Amina Henry, Ladee Hubbard, and Aurin Squire among many others.
Your Center for Literature
Founded in 2003 and spearheaded by Brenda M. Greene, Ph.D., the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, builds on the tradition and legacy of the National Black Writers Conference that began in 1986.
The Center serves as a voice, mecca, and resource for Black writers and the general public to study the literature of people from the African Diaspora.
It is the only Center devoted to this in the country.