The Tenth National Black Writers Conference
And Then We Heard the Thunder:
Black Writers Reconstructing Memories and Lighting the Way
Nobel Prize-Winning Author
Amiri Baraka, Kamau Brathwaite, and Dr. Edison O. Jackson
Thursday, March 25- Sunday, March 28, 2010
The conference theme is designed to bridge the past, present and future of the literature produced by black writers throughout the African diaspora. Its’ title And Then We Heard the Thunder: Black Writers Reconstructing Memories and Lighting the Way, drawn from the title of Killen’s novel on the war, uses the concepts of thunder, memory and light as a metaphor for both the historical representation of the literature of black writers and the representation of new and future directions for contemporary and emerging literary voices. Conference panelists will pose questions for the ways in which black writers are reconstructing the master literary narrative, analyze the emerging themes across various parts of the African and South Asian/Black diasporic cultures, discuss the impact of the internet on the reading and writing on the public, examine the impact of hip hop and popular culture on the literature produced by black writers and analyze the ways in which black writers have responded to politics.
Over 40 writers, scholars, editors, publishers and publishers have been confirmed for the Conference. They include: Meena Alexander, Amiri Baraka, John F. Baker, Jr.; L.A. Banks; Herb Boyd; Marina Budhos; Yvonne Bynoe; Breena Clarke; Nick Charles; Colin Channer; Edwidge Danticat, Linda Duggins; Troy Johnson; Phyllis Montana –LeBlanc; James McBride; Zakes Mda; Courttia Newland; Isidore Okpewho; Felicia Pride Jewell Parker Rhodes; Joseph Sebarenzi; Kalamu ya Salaam; Margaret Cezaire-Thompson, Colson Whitehead, Frank Wilderson and many more.