National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium March 2015- Voices of Liberation & Resistance

View footage from the 2nd Line procession to Medgar Evers College, CUNY:


The Family of Brook Stephenson invites his friends and colleagues to join them for the New York memorial service:

A Celebration of  Life for Writer Brook Stephenson

Saturday, August 29, 2015
2 PM
Founders Auditorium
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(Between Crown & Montgomery Streets)

3:30 PM
Academic Building, Cafeteria – 2nd Floor
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1638 Bedford Avenue
(At Crown Street)

Let us know you plan to attend, RSVP via Facebook.

(RSVP not required, but appreciated.)

1 PM – Join the traditional “Second Line” Procession from Fulton St. & Nostrand Ave. to Medgar Evers College, CUNY. 

Jelani Bauman – Trumpet
Steven Fowler- Trumpet
Jerrick Matthews – Trombone
Peter Nelson – Trombone
Jon Beshay – Saxophone
Kenny Bentley – Tuba
Darrian Douglas – Snare Drum
with Ase Dance Theatre Collective


The family requests that you contribute to Brook’s “baby”, the Rhode Island Writer’s Colony. See information below.



Brook at NBWC 2014
2014 National Black Writers Conference

Dear Friends,

It is with deepest sorrow and regret we share the loss of our brother and colleague, Brook Stephenson. We considered Brook a part of the Center for Black Literature family as he has served as a committee member for the National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) for the last three years and has served as a peer reviewer for our literary journal,  “The Killens Review of Arts and Letters.” Brook can be described by most as intelligent, supportive, an all-around “good guy,” with a witty sense of humor and yet, Brook was so much more than that to so many people. We offer sincere condolences to his family and for those whose lives he touched.

The Center is honored to be with working with the family on the official New York memorial service slated for Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Medgar Evers College, CUNY.

Brook, a Detroit native, made his mark in the writing industry from his beginnings at Rolling Out. This is how many in our field, the literati, know him.  I met Brook a little over a decade ago through our sister-friend, Frenchie Davis, not at a literary event of any kind. It was a sunny summer day in 2003 and we all trekked out to Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach with a crew of brown folks. Children in tow, cars loaded, we spent the day just grillin’ and chillin’.  We became instantly “cool”.  This is just around the time I consulted for the National Black Writers Conference as part of the AKILA WORKSONGS team.  Brook was there.  He was always there.  I am pretty certain he has attended each NBWC since his arrival in Brooklyn. His literary world expanded, and he kept on top of the arts and culture scene, contributing through his work. He captured this journey with the sharpness of his camera lens and he captured our hearts with his smile. I called him my friend. I will miss talking to my friend. I will miss running into my friend at an event and on the streets of Brooklyn. I will miss sharing a laugh with him and hearing his stories and adventures out in the world. Most of all I will miss his happiness… it was his way of being. Happy. And he shared this with everyone.


May your energy and love be ever present. May your creativity resonate amongst our people. May we always remember… we celebrate your life.  Rest in Power my brother.

Your Sister in the struggle,
Maeshay k. Lewis
Center for Black Literature
Medgar Evers College, CUNY



Please read the Official Obituary at www.bkreader.com

Profile on Brook at aalbc.com

There was a celebration of Brook Stephenson’s life hosted by friends of Brook on Thursday, August 13, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at McNally Jackson Books, located at 52 Prince St, New York, New York. Find this event on FB to see pictures and tributes.

Detroit Memorial Service arrangements for Brook Stephenson are as follows:

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Gesu Catholic Church
17180 Oak Dr
Detroit, MI 48221
Family Hour: 10:00 a.m.
Memorial Service: 11:00 a.m.



The family requests that you contribute to Brook’s “baby”, the Rhode Island Writer’s Colony. Checks can be mailed to:

Rhode Island Writer’s Colony
64 Bridge Street
Warren, Rhode Island 02885