Killens Review of Arts & Letters

Twice a year, the Center publishes the Killens Review of Arts & Letters, a nationally respected, peer-reviewed journal. The publication features short stories, essays, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography, and interviews related to the various experiences lived by writers and artists of the African Diaspora, as well as the African continent. The aim is to provide accomplished and emerging Black creatives with opportunities to expand the canon of literature and art. The latest issue of the Killens Review is available for purchase today. Click HERE.

The Killens Review is named for the late Georgia-born John Oliver Killens. He was a renowned African American novelist and essayist and was a writer-in-residence and professor at Medgar Evers College from 1981 to 1987. Killens was also the founder of the National Black Writers Conference, a major program of the Center.

We are thankful that the Killens Review of Arts & Letters is supported by the Amazon Literary Partnership.

Founded in October 2002, the Center for Black Literature (CBL) has been committed to its mission to broaden and enrich the public’s knowledge and aesthetic appreciation of the value of Black literature. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Center and as part of this commemorative milestone, the next issue of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters will focus on “times for celebration.”

Despite periods of despair during these past few years and the economic, social, political, and racially charged challenges we have faced, we will focus on life’s jubilant experiences. We will highlight moments of hopefulness and elevation for and of the global Black community.

For the Fall/Winter 2022 issue of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters, we are seeking short stories, essays, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography. We are looking for content that reflects the ways Black creatives from all parts of the world celebrate our daily lives, our culture, and our history in a contemporary world. Unless otherwise selected by the editors, we cannot publish work that has previously appeared elsewhere in print or on the web. Prospective contributors are asked to submit work that is aligned with the current theme (the themes are announced in advance).

PLEASE NOTE: Material in this publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without permission. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY.

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Clarence V. Reynolds is the Killens Review Editor-In-Chief. Please contact him should you have questions: To be kept abreast of the next call for submissions, join our email list. Click HERE.

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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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