CBL Staff

Brenda M. Greene, Ph.D

Founder and Executive Director, Center for Black Literature

Professor of English, Medgar Evers College, CUNY

CBL Office: (718) 804-8873 | English Office: (718) 270-4941 | bgreene@mec.cuny.edu


Clarence V. Reynolds

Director, Center for Black Literature

Editor-In-Chief, Killens Review of Arts & Letters

Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Direct: (718) 804-8881 | creynolds@mec.cuny.edu


Maēshay k. Lewis

Logistics Coordinator


April R. Silver, Consultant

Communications and Marketing Director

Direct: (718) 756-8501 | april@akilaworksongs.com


Kel Spencer

Program Director

Re-Envisioning Our Lives through Literature (R.O.L.L.) Youth Literacy Program



Ayana Koné | Bookkeeper/Accounting and Grants Assistant

Direct: (718) 804-8884 | akone@mec.cuny.edu


Lea Byrd | PR and Digital Marketing Associate

Direct: (718) 804-8886 | lea@akilaworksongs.com


Sharrell Williams | Program and Communications Associate

Direct: (718) 804-8886 | shawilliams@mec.cuny.edu


Kira Ollivierra | Grants Assistant

General: (718) 804-8883 | kollivierra@mec.cuny.edu

2019-2020 Interns

  • Latoya Borden
  • Kemelia Forrester
  • Delaney McLeish
  • Ijeoma Okpara
  • Felicia Ward

Center for Black Literature

School of Professional and Community Development

Medgar Evers College, CUNY

1534 Bedford Avenue, 2nd Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11216

  • Visitation by appointment only. Courier and hand deliveries are accepted at this location.
  • By subway: 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains to the Franklin Avenue or take the Shuttle (S) train to Botanic Garden

Official Mailing Address:

Center for Black Literature

Medgar Evers College, CUNY

1650 Bedford Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11225