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Sunday, May 19, 2019
“Writers on Writing” Radio Show
Interview with Deborah G. Plant, editor of the lost work by Zora Neal Hurston, “Barracoon”
With Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director
The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY
WNYE 91.5 FM
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Listen at WMEC Radio, https://wmec.mec.cuny.edu
About the Program
Dr. Brenda M. Greene interviews Dr. Deborah G. Plant, African American scholar, literary critic and editor of Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” written by novelist, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. Barracoon sheds light on the inhumanity of slavery as told from the true story of Kossola (Cudjo Lewis), one of the last survivors of the Atlantic slave trade. It adds another literary work to the canon of freedom narratives by enslaved Blacks in this country. Greene and Plant discuss Plant’s motivation for editing the never-before-published nonfiction work and the significance of Kossola’s voice and Hurston’s research methodology.
About the Author
Deborah G. Plant is an African American and Africana Studies scholar and literary critic whose special interest is the life and works of Zora Neale Hurston. She is editor of Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo,” a New York Times best seller, by Zora Neale Hurston; author of Alice Walker: A Woman for Our Times (2017), a philosophical biography of Alice Walker, and editor of The Inside Light: New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston (2010); and author of Zora Neale Hurston: A Biography of the Spirit (2007) and Every Tub Must Sit On Its Own Bottom: The Philosophy and Politics of Zora Neale Hurston (1995).