PRESS RELEASE: 14th Nat’l Black Writers Conference (2018) on C-SPAN Book TV

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 6, 2018


MEDIA CONTACT: April R. Silver for the Center for Black Literature | (718) 756-8501 office | (646) 522-4169 mobile


C-SPAN2 Book TV to Air Select Events from the 14th National

Black Writers Conference Beginning Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY (CBL) announced today that segments of its 14th National Black Writers Conference will air on C-SPAN2 Book TV on Saturday, April 7, 2018, beginning at 1:45 PM EST. The segments will re-broadcast on Sunday, April 8. C-SPAN2 Book TV airs locally throughout the country and online at Check locally for listings.

The 14th National Black Writers Conference was held at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York, March 22 – 25, 2018. It featured four days of panel discussions, author readings, workshops, poetry events, and film screenings. It also featured an Awards and Tribute program honoring some of today’s most celebrated authors, poets and scholars. Author Louise Meriwether was also recognized for her commitment to a lifetime of literary activism.

Since 2006 (during the Eighth National Black Writers Conference), C-SPAN2 Book TV has broadcast select events of the National Black Writers Conferences. Known as the “Television for Serious Readers,” the platform has covered several topics over the years, including “A Conversation with Michael Eric Dyson and Khalil Gibran Muhammad”; “The Role of Social Media: Black Writers Take Literature to the Web”; and “Decoded: Hip-Hop and Youth Culture.” Some of the writers featured on C-SPAN2 Book TV for Center for Black Literature include Edwidge Danticat, Farai Chideya, Akiba Solomon, and James B. Paterson, among many others.

This weekend, C-SPAN2 Book TV will feature four of the programs from the 2018 National Black Writers Conference on April 7 and April 8. The segments are:


The Conference was also live-streamed from Medgar Evers College. To view the archives, please visit:

Friday, March 23, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018


CBL has already begun plans for its biennial symposium in 2019 and for its remaining programs for the rest of this academic year and into the 2018–2019 school year. Those interested are encouraged to keep abreast of developments by going the email list housed at




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