An Evening with Rion Amilcar Scott, Nov. 14, As Part of the John Oliver Killens Reading Series

The Center for Black Literature Presents the

John Oliver Killens Reading Series

“An Evening with Rion Amilcar Scott, Author of The World Doesn’t Require You”

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

 Edison O. Jackson

Medgar Evers College, CUNY Auditorium

1638 Bedford Ave.; Brooklyn, NY 11225

Free and Open to the public.

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Program Description

Rion Amilcar Scott, author of The World Doesn’t Require You, will be in conversation with Jennifer Baker, editor of Everyday People, The Color of Life: A Short Story Anthology. In Scott’s The World Doesn’t Require You, the author sets his collection of stories in the fictional town of Cross River, Maryland, and explores larger themes of religion, violence, and love—all told with sly humor and a dash of magical realism.



Photo credit: Rebecca Aranda Photography

Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection, The World Doesn’t Require You (Norton/Liveright, August 2019). His debut story collection, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His work has been published in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, and The Rumpus, among others. One of his stories was listed as a notable in Best American Stories 2018 and one of his essays was listed as a notable in Best American Essays 2015. He was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland and earned an MFA from George Mason University where he won the Mary Roberts Rinehart award, a Completion Fellowship and an Alumni Exemplar Award. He has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writing Conference, Kimbilio and the Colgate Writing Conference as well as a 2019 Maryland Individual Artist Award. Presently he teaches Creative Writing at the University of Maryland. From:

Find him on twitter and instagram: @ReeAmilcarScott


Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, the creator and host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and a contributing editor to Electric Literature. She also works with the nonprofit I, Too Arts Collective. She is a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow and Queens Council of the Arts New Work Grant winner. Her writing has appeared in Newtown Literary, where her story was nominated for a Pushcart Prize; Poets & Writers magazine; the Other Stories podcast; The Offing; and The Female Complaint anthology from Shade Mountain Press. From: