The Mission

Established October 2002, the Center for Black Literature's mission is to expand, broaden, and enrich the public’s knowledge and appreciation of Black literature.

Join Us for a Special Book Launch on Wednesday December 7, 2022, IN-PERSON!

We're inviting you to a special event featuring members of the Dr. Edith Rock Writing Workshop for Elders program. Thirteen writers from New York City and beyond are featured in Tales of Our Times Anthology. The Year 2020: Looking Back for Healing, Looking Forward with Hope. It is the launch of this anthology, volume 5, that we're celebrating!

The free event is Wednesday, December 7, 2022 (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm) at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. Get more details and RSVP via Eventbrite. Click HERE.

➡️ Visitors to Medgar Evers College, including to this public event, must show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.


THE DEADLINE IS JANUARY 17, 2023! The Winter Retreat will offer workshops in fiction and poetry with Kia Corthron and Willie Perdomo. Fellows will receive individualized instruction and so much more.

Join us for an in-person celebration of our elder African American writers and their latest anthology. Join us Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. All are welcome.

Black Speculative Fiction Readers, Writers, and Scholars: You're invited to submit for our "Call For Papers" for next year's National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium (NBWC2023). Deadline: January 9, 2023.

Dr. Brenda M Greene joins Our Time Press as a monthly columnist!

Watch "Writers On Writing" on YouTube!

Interviews Conducted by Dr. Brenda M. Greene


Dr. Greene interviews Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, author of A Woman of Endurance (Amistad, 2022). They discuss the award-winning author's motivation for writing this historical novel set in the nineteenth century and steeped in the culture of Africa and Puerto Rico. Llanos-Figueroa is the author of Daughters of the Stone, a 2010 Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her work appears in several anthologies, including Bronx Memoir Project and Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul.


Dr. Brenda M. Greene interviews W. B. Garvey, author of the autobiographical novel Independence Blues (Jonko Books, 2021). Garvey reflects on what independence symbolizes for a young Black boy and for a Jamaican family living in the United States in the midst of the Civil Rights era. Garvey is also the author of White Gold (Jonko Books, 2014) and Panama Fever: Digging Down Gold Mountain (Jonko Books, 2009). Click above to watch the interview!

About the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY

For 20 years, the programs of the Center for Black Literature (CBL) have had a dynamic impact in the literary field. The highly anticipated author readings and book signings, journals, symposia, conferences, panel discussions, and writing workshops—and the Center’s intellectual and accessible approach to programming—form an integrative approach to programming that sets CBL apart from others. CBL’s events are known for the way they ensure that Black literary scholarship and conversations are valued and sustained.

Contact Us

Center for Black Literature
at Medgar Evers College, CUNY (CBL)
1534 Bedford Avenue, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11216

Phone: (718) 804-8883

Donate to CBL Today!

To carry out our literary programs and special events, we depend on generous financial support from the public. Donations are welcome year-round. Click HERE to make a donation today. You will be routed to the Research Foundation of The City University of New York (RFCUNY) webpage. Thank you in advance!
The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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