PRESS RELEASE: 15th Nat’l Black Writers Conference (2020) Is March 26-29

A BOLD FOCUS: THE 15th NATIONAL BLACK WRITERS CONFERENCE (NBWC2020) RETURNS TO BROOKLYN TO EXPLORE THE INTERSECTIONS OF BLACK THEATER, FILM, CULTURE, AND INDUSTRY.

Stanley Nelson, Dominique Morisseau, Radha Black, Liza Jessie Peterson,

Woodie King Jr., Carl Clay, Voza Rivers, Richard Wesley, Talib Kweli,

jessica Care moore, and Many Others Confirmed.

BROOKLYN, NY – – The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York (CBL), and presenting partner AKILA WORKSONGS, announced today that the 15th National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) will be held Thursday, March 26, 2020 – Sunday, March 29, 2020 at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. This year’s theme—Activism, Identity, and Race: Playwrights and Screenwriters at the Crossroads—is a new focus that boldly affirms and celebrates the ways that Black playwrights and screenwriters expand society’s understanding of Black life and the human experience in general. CBL is set to honor five luminaries at the NBWC Awards and Tribute program: Carl Clay, Dominique Morisseau, Stanley Nelson, Voza Rivers, and Richard Wesley (see bios online).

Other conference highlights include roundtable conversations, panel discussions, a town hall, film screenings, author readings, writing workshops, local vendor marketplaces, and much more. The four-day public gathering will bring together students, writers, artists, activists, scholars, literary professionals, theater and film giants, and other literature enthusiasts from near and far. The aim is to explore the challenges, rewards, and impact of working within the Black film and theater industries. Discussions will examine the ways that race, identity, politics, and popular culture shape the production of plays, films, and television shows.

Over the years, NBWC has attracted national and international audiences from states such as Georgia, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia; and from countries in the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. Its roundtables, panels, and town halls are known for their informative and often spirited content.

For general information, program details, and more, contact the CBL office at (718) 804-8883 or send an email to writers@mec.cuny.edu. Click HERE to read the full press release.