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The Youth Program of the Annual NBWC2022 Community Day Is Free and Open to All.

Join us for Community Day at the 16th National Black Writers Conference (NBWC2022).

Every event at the NBWC2022 Community Day (Wednesday, March 30, 2022) is free and open to all, including our first event of the day—the youth program entitled To Be Young, Gifted, and Black. More details to come.

NBWC2022 program subject to change. All events are virtual and all times are Eastern Time. Media inquiries are directed to April R. Silver of AKILA WORKSONGS via pr@akilaworksongs.com or (718) 756-8501 (office). Learn more about the presenter of NBWC2022, the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College.

NBWC2022 will kick off with an opening keynote featuring Dr. Haki Madhubuti in conversation with Dr. Keith Gilyard.

The opening keynote at the 16th National Black Writers Conference (NBWC2022) will feature the iconic Dr. Haki Madhubuti in conversation with Dr. Keith Gilyard, moderated by Dr. Joanne Gabbin.

During the keynote, featured speaker Madhubuti (author, educator, poet, and publisher of Third World Press) and Gilyard (author, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and African American Studies at Penn State) will engage in conversation on the Conference theme, The Beautiful Struggle: Black Writers Lighting the Way. Gabbin (poet, scholar, and executive director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center) will serve as moderator.

From the Harlem Renaissance of the early 1900s to the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and ’70s to the present, Black writers have a long history of overcoming obstacles and expressing their hardships and misfortunes through their narratives, poetry, fiction, essays, and institution building. During this conversation, the distinguished guest speakers will share personal accounts of their achievements and reflect on the struggles Black writers have faced and overcome over the years. Additionally, they will share their perspectives on what lies ahead for Black literature, offer their perspectives on institution building, and reflect on the enduring challenges within the world of publishing.

NBWC2022 program subject to change. All events are virtual and all times are Eastern Time. Media inquiries are directed to April R. Silver of AKILA WORKSONGS via pr@akilaworksongs.com or (718) 756-8501 (office). Learn more about the presenter of NBWC2022, the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College.

We’re seeking papers on Tracy K. Smith, Jacqueline Woodson, Herb Boyd, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Haki R. Madhubuti, and/or John Oliver Killens.

This call for papers is centered on the theme of “The Beautiful Struggle: Black Writers Lighting the Way” in the works of Tracy K. Smith, Jacqueline Woodson, Herb Boyd, and Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (who are all NBWC2022 Honorees), as well as on the works of Haki R. Madhubuti and/or John Oliver Killens. The selected papers will be presented at the 16th National Black Writers Conference (NBWC2022).

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College (CBL) will present the Conference March 30 – April 2, 2022. This year’s theme is “The Beautiful Struggle: Black Writers Lighting the Way.” With this Call for Papers, CBL invites scholars, writers, literary activists, cultural critics, and students to submit proposals in the works of the aforementioned highly respected writers. Papers should examine the following:

• “The Beautiful Struggle” (persistence, resilience, and activism) as themes in the literature of Black writers and scholars throughout the African diaspora.

• The ways in which themes regarding class, gender, race, power, identity, and spirituality are represented in literature by Black writers and scholars throughout the African diaspora.

❗NEW DATES❗

NEW DEADLINE: Monday, February 14, 2022 ️

Acceptance Announcement: By Monday, February 28, 2022 (NEW!)

Panels: March 31, 2022 (11:00 am to 3:00 pm ET). This is a virtual event.

Get more details and download the Submission Guidelines HERE. Questions are directed to CBL Director Clarence V. Reynolds. For the fastest response, please email him at creynolds@mec.edu and copy writers@mec.cuny.edu.

NBWC2022 program subject to change. All events are virtual and all times are Eastern Time. Media inquiries are directed to April R. Silver of AKILA WORKSONGS via pr@akilaworksongs.com or (718) 756-8501 (office). Learn more about the presenter of NBWC2022, the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College.

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