John Oliver Killens Reading Series

The John Oliver Killens Reading Series (JOK) began in the 2010–2011 academic year and presents discussions, readings, and book-signings for novelists, poets, and authors of biographies and nonfiction titles. A component of the John Oliver Killens Chair, it is a testament to the legacy of the late John Oliver Killens and offers Black writers opportunities and a platform to present their work.

A major goal of the John Oliver Killens series is to provide emerging writers and poets as well as established writers and scholars with opportunities to read and present their work to the college community and the general public and to engage the audience in conversations about the relevance of their work. Writers who have been part of programs in the reading series include Herb Boyd, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Peniel Joseph, Randall Robinson, Jeffrey T. Sammons, Sonia Sanchez, James Bracey, and Tiphanie Yanique among others. The JOK Literary Readings are held monthly, on the second Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted.

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