Tune In This Week
Sunday, May 26, 2019
“Writers on Writing” Radio Show
WNYE 91.5 FM
7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Interview with Retha Powers
With Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director
The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY
Listen at WMEC Radio, https://wmec.mec.cuny.edu
About the Episode
Dr. Brenda Greene talks with Retha Powers, general editor of Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations: 5,000 Years of Literature, Lyrics, Poems, Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs from Voices Around the World. Greene and Powers discuss Powers’ motivation as a writer and journalist, the experiences of black America, and the importance of reading. Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations is the first of its kind in the collection of the Bartlett’s collections. The book’s publisher, Little, Brown and Company, writes: “In this new collection, nearly 5,000 quotes are culled from the ages, from the time of ancient Egypt through American slavery, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Era, apartheid, and up to the present day.” With passages from authors, scientists, theologians, activists, politicians, and many others, Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations will appeal not only to quote aficionados and researchers, but also to history buffs.
About the Author
Retha Powers is General Editor of Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations; she is also editor of the anthology Black Silk: A Collection of African American Erotica and coeditor of This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work. Her journalism and essays have appeared in Essence, Ms., New York Times Magazine, and Glamour. A publishing professional for more than twenty years, she is currently the assistant director of the Publishing Certificate Program at City College of New York and lives in Harlem.