2017 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium “Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration”

2017 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium

“Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration”

Saturday, March 25, 2017; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Registration opens at 10 a.m. (program begins at 11 a.m.)

Medgar Evers College, CUNY; Founders Auditorium

1650 Bedford Ave.

Brooklyn, NY 11225

Admission for Symposium- [Does not include reception.]
General Donation: $10
Student/ Senior/ Faculty (with ID): $5
Free for Medgar Evers College, CUNY Students (with ID)
Evening Reception Donation: $30





Register in advance or on-site.
Pre-registration ends March 17, 2016.
On-site registration is the day of ONLY, Sat. March 25, 2017.

Groups of 10 or more, please call ahead 718-804-8882.

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The year 2017 marks the centennial of the birth of Gwendolyn Brooks, a formidable literary figure and a lifelong chronicler of Black life in America who expressed Black experiences in America with her artistic, courageous, and politically charged poetry and prose.

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Program Description

The Center for Black Literature will pay tribute to the legacy of Miss Brooks on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York for the 2017 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium in partnership with “Our Miss Brooks 100.” The Center is proud to take part in the yearlong “Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration.”

Gwendolyn Brooks was the first Black author to win the Pulitzer Prize and was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress. The author of the poetry collections Annie Allen and The Bean Eaters, and the novel Maud Martha, Gwendolyn Brooks claims an irrefutable place in our literary canon. During what promises to be an informative and uplifting daylong celebration of her life and work, the “Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration” program will include reflections on Brooks’ life, a discussion of the impact and significance of her literary works, and dramatic presentations from and inspired by her passionate and vigorous works. Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti, author, poet, and publisher, will be the keynote speaker. Poets and educators Cheryl Clarke, Marilyn Nelson, and Nicole Sealey are among the participants featured on the program.

National Black Writers Conference, Center for Black Literature, Medgar Evers College, City University of New York, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225. Center for Black Literature 718-804-8883;  e-mail: writers@mec.cuny.edu.