“Writers on Writing” Radio Show
With Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director of
The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY
WNYE 91.5 FM
7 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.
“Writers on Writing” airs on Sundays over WNYE 91.5 FM, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The weekly radio show provides a forum for emerging as well as established writers to discuss their craft and Black literature and literary-related topics from a variety of perspectives.
“WOW” is taped in the studio of Medgar Evers College, CUNY.
For more information, please call 718-804-8883 or “Writers on Writing” can also be streamed on wmec.mec.cuny.edu/ during scheduled airtime. For past interviews, check us out on Sound Cloud to stream on the go!
“Writers on Writing”
Interviewing Writers from the African Diaspora
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“Writers on Writing,” broadcast over the airwaves of WNYE, 91.5 FM in the studio of Medgar Evers College, is hosted and produced by Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director of the Center for Black Literature, Director of the National Black Writers Conference, and Chair of the English Department at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. Founded in 2003 by Dr. Greene, “Writers on Writing” is celebrating 10 years of interviewing established and emerging Black writers throughout the African diaspora. Dr. Brenda Greene interviews writers, scholars, and performance artists who discuss their work, their craft, and their writing and research processes. “Writers on Writing” provides listeners with an inside perspective and view of the writer and his or her work. Dr. Greene’s conversational style transports listeners to an intimate and inviting environment. One listener, in commenting on the program, summarized it as an experience where you feel as if you are in a living room with Dr. Greene and her guests.
Distinguished and noted novelists, poets, playwrights, performance artists, scholars, journalists, public intellectuals, and literary professionals who have been interviewed include National Black Writers Conference Honorees, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Walter Mosley, Ishmael Reed, Sonia Sanchez, Ngŭgĩ wa Thiong’o, Cornel West, Randall Robinson, and Quincy Troupe; and conference participants who include Fred Beauford, Edwidge Danticat, Kwame Dawes, Tananarive Due, Christopher John Farley, Keith Gilyard, Marita Golden, Lorna Goodison, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Obery Hendricks, Marc Lamont Hill, Lawrence Hill, Nalo Hopkinson, Lawrence Jackson, Woodie King Jr., Talib Kweli, Victor LaValle, Gloria Browne-Marshall, Tony Medina, Ethelbert Miller, Pamela Newkirk, Kevin Powell, Emily Raboteau, Danny Simmons, Tracy Smith, Susan L. Taylor, Iyanla Vanzant, John Edgar Wideman, Craig Wilder, Isabel Wilkerson, and Terrie Williams.
The particular niche of “Writers on Writing” is its focus on writers, performance artists, and scholars who represent various aspects of the African diaspora. Thus the listener has an opportunity to hear the themes and issues that are found in their fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays, and plays as well as the context that gave rise to crafting literary texts, essays, and scholarly articles that reflect these themes, issues, and experiences. These themes appeal to a wide audience and include coming-of-age stories, historical narratives, memoirs, family and intergenerational relationships, political and social commentary, novels and short stories focused on overcoming obstacles such as death, illness, and violence. Invited writers, scholars, and literary professionals also discuss issues such as the state of the publishing industry, the impact of factors such as globalization, technology, and the environment on the kinds of writing produced by Black writers. The public can also hear writers share their words of wisdom and advice on their writing process as well as their stories for what motivated them to write and strategies for how to get published. There are very few radio programs focused on presenting these issues and perspectives.
“Writers on Writing” reaches thousands of listeners and diverse audiences: students, writers, faculty, and the general public across the tristate area, including New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut; thus giving writers an opportunity to reach a broad audience.
“Writers on Writing” also fulfills the mission and goals of the Center for Black Literature. Founded in 2003 by Dr. Greene, the Center for Black Literature (CBL) at Medgar Evers College was established to expand, broaden, and enrich the public’s knowledge and aesthetic appreciation of the value of the literature produced by Black writers; to continue the tradition and legacy of the National Black Writers Conference; to serve as an interminable voice, harbor, mecca, and a resource for aspiring and established Black writers; and to study the literature of people from and throughout the African diaspora. The Center, along with the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University, is one of two operational Centers devoted to this charge in the country. The Center for Black Literature provides a forum for ensuring that literary scholarship and conversations on Black writers and scholars are sustained and that the general public, including educators, students and young people and elders are exposed to a broad range of Black writers, including the literature of those whose texts are not widely available and or not promoted or read because they are not viewed as commercially viable, although they are valuable and worthy of serious and careful reading and scholarship. The Center also collects and documents conference proceedings. Additionally, the Center provides writer-in-residency programs that promote the arts and bring teaching artists and writers to educational institutions; these programs offer rare opportunities for students and community residents to interact with noted and world-renowned writers and artists.
Publicists who have authors who want to be interviewed and writers who want to be interviewed for “Writers on Writing” should send requests to Dr. Brenda Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org and should also forward a copy of their book to the Center for Black Literature.