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Celebrating 10 Years of Honoring Literature by People of the African Diaspora

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Upcoming Events and News

Fiction Writing Workshop

Are you interested in starting or finishing your novel? How about completing that short story you have been stuck on? The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, once again, is offering a Fiction Writing Workshop through the Adult & Continuing Education program (ACE).

Get started by working with established, published author Donna Hill and learn tools to hone the craft of creative writing. Beginners are welcome. Limited capacity. This workshop is setup to be taken as both individualized sessions or as a whole course. May and July 2014 calendar available. Read More

“Harlem’s Rattler’s” Book Talk

The Adelaide Sanford Institute in collaboration with the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY present Harlem’s Rattler’s” a book talk with Jeffrey T. Sammons co-author of "Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality" Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Edison O. Jackson Auditorium, Medgar Evers College, CUNY. Learn more or RSVP NOW!

The 12th National Black Writers Conference


The Center for Black Literature would like to thank all the attendees, participants, volunteers, and supporters of the Twelfth National Black Writers Conference (NBWC). Your participation made this year a huge success.

See panel discussions from this year’s conference on CSPAN’s Book TV.

The Center for Black Literature hosts National Black Writers Conference (the 3-4 day conference) every even year and the NBWC Biennial Symposium (one day) every odd year. Learn More

The Center for Black Literature

Throughout the year, we ask friends and supporters to contribute at all levels; even the smallest donation can make a difference. We are working to raise funds to supplement the costs of our programming to keep events FREE and / or low cost to the public

To support our programming, make a donation, and attend one of our upcoming events. We would like YOU to be a part of it all!

Thank you!

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Tune In This Week!

Sunday, May 11,2014
“Writers on Writing” Radio Show
Guest Host, Dr. Victoria Chevalier

7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WNYE 91.5 FM

Tune into “Writers on Writing,” WNYE, 91.5 FM, Sunday, May 11 and Sunday, May 25, 2014, from 7:00 p. m. to 7:30 p.m. Dr. Victoria Chevalier talks with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott about poetry, drama, and performance. Drawing from his perspective as a writer from St. Lucia, Walcott reflects on the state of poetry, his favorite poets, and the intersection of art, poetry and drama.

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“Writers on Writing” radio show airs every Sunday 7 pm - 7:30 pm> on WNYE, 91.5 FM

In the News

The Center for Black Literature at Medar Evers College, CUNY

"Africa Today," KPFA 94.1 FM, February 4, 2014,

Charif Shanahan, “Q & A: Brenda Greene Celebrates Black Literature,” Poets & Writers, March/April 2014.

John Tarleton, “Exploring Black Literature: Medgar Evers College to Host Writers’ Gathering,” Clarion, February 2014.