Writers on Writing
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“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.
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Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015
Guest Host Clarence V. Reynolds talks with Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Binyavanga Wainaina, two authors from Africa participating in the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. Originally aired, May 17, 2015
About the Program
In this program, Clarence V. Reynolds, director at the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, talks with authors Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Binyavanga Wainaina, who are visiting New York as participants in the 11th Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. The theme of this year’s festival is “On Africa,” and the writers share their thoughts about the future of literature by writers from Africa and from the African diaspora, their personal journeys to becoming a writer, and the wide landscape of African literature.
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
About the Program: Pamela Newkirk: Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga
Dr. Brenda Greene interviews Professor Pamela Newkirk, author the recently published book Spectacle, the story of Ota Benga, a young man from the Congo, in Africa, who was exhibited with an orangutan in New York City’s Bronx Zoo, in 1906. Greene and Newkirk discuss the motivation for writing the book, the public’s response to Ota Benga, and Newkirk’s research process in writing what has been described as “a gripping and painstaking narrative that breaks new ground.”
About the Author
Pamela Newkirk is an award-winning journalist whose articles have been widely published in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and Essence. Her book Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga was recently published by Amistad/HarperCollins. She is editor of Letters from Black America (Beacon Press, 2011) and A Love No Less: More Than Two Centuries of African American Love Letters (Doubleday, 2004); she is author of Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media, (NYU Press, 2000), which won the National Press Club Award for Media Criticism. Newkirk is director of undergraduate studies at New York University’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute. Prior to joining the faculty, she worked at four successive news organizations, including New York Newsday where she was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team.