Presenters of Conference Papers

14th National Black Writers Conference

Presenters of Conferenc Papers for

“Gathering at the Waters: Healing, Legacy, and Activism in Black Literature”


The Presentation of Conference Papers will take place on Community Day – Thursday, March 22nd, 2018.

View the breakdown of Day 2 here.


Teju Adisa-Farrar is a writer, poet, and urban geographer. Her interdisciplinary work is produced from the research she does on exclusion, subaltern communities, geographies of Blackness, city culture and art initiated and experienced by people of African descent as well as other post-colonial communities.



Souleymane Ba, PhD, is currently teaching English at the Law Faculty, University Montpellier. He is a member of Études Montpelliéraines du Monde Anglophone (EMMA), Paul Valéry University, France. Ba has held various teaching posts in the United States and in France, and his essay on “John Henry: A Folk Hero in Postmodern Era” is edited in (Re)writing and Remembering (2016). He is the author of “Afrofuturism in Contemporary African American Literature: Reading Colson Whitehead,” Black Studies Papers (2016).



Lavaisa Ezell is a PhD student in the English department at University of California, Riverside. She focuses on post-1945 African American literature. Her current research interests include science and speculative fiction, critical race theory, trauma studies, autobiography studies, kinship studies, feminist theory, and writings of the Black Power and Black Arts Movements.



Kai Harris is a writer hailing from Detroit, Michigan. She holds a BA in English Language & Literature from the University of Michigan, an MA in English–Creative Writing from Belmont University, and is currently a PhD student in Creative Writing–Fiction at Western Michigan University. Harris’s fiction centers on stories of family and love within the black community, a community rich with its own issues of freedom and equality, nontraditional family structure, and culture.


Ousmane Power-Greene is an author, professor, and community organizer based in Massachusetts. A specialist in African American social and political movements, Professor Power-Greene teaches at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He completed his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA and PhD from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Power-Greene’s first book, Against Wind and Tide: The African American Struggle Against the Colonization Movement, was published by NYU Press 2014.