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Tenth National Black Writers Conference

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The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College presents:

The Tenth National Black Writers Conference

THEME: “And Then We Heard the Thunder: Black Writers Reconstructing Memories and Lighting the Way”

Honorary Chair:

Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize winning author


Amiri Baraka, Author & Poet

Kamau Brathwaite, Educator & Historian – Professor, New York University

Dr. Edison O. Jackson, former President, Medgar Evers College, CUNY


John F. Baker, Jr.; L.A. Banks; Fred Beauford; Herb Boyd; Marina Budhos;

Breena Clarke; Nick Charles; Colin Channer; Linda Duggins; Troy Johnson;

Phyllis Montana –LeBlanc; James McBride; Zanemvula Mda; Courttia Newland;

Isidore Okpewho; Jewell Parker Rhodes; Kalamu ya Salaam; Frank Wilderson

and many more…

The theme of the Conference, “And Then We Heard the Thunder: Black Writers Reconstructing Memories and Lighting the Way” is taken from the title of John Oliver Killens’ novel on World War II. It draws upon the concepts of thunder, memory and light as a metaphor for both the historical representation of the literature of Black writers and the representation of new and future directions for contemporary and emerging literary voices.

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The National Black Writers Conferences, inspired by the late John Oliver Killens, have been held at Medgar Evers College since 1986. Conference themes have focused on stereotypes in black literature, the direction of black literature, the renaissance in black literature, the impact of black literature on society, literature as access, and expanding conversations on race, history, identity, and genre.

Start Time: Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 3:00pm

End Time: Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 6:00pm

Location: Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Phone: 718.270.4811

Email: nbwc@mec.cuny.edu

National Black Writers Conference

For FELICIA R. LEE’s  NY Times article: Black Writers Ponder Role and Seek Wider Attention

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