Killens Review of Arts & Letters

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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.

A Call for Submissions for the Killens Review of Arts & Letters
Spring 2024

All That We Carry: Where Do We Go From Here?

Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2023

The Killens Review of Arts & Letters is a peer-reviewed journal that welcomes Black writers and artists whose work speaks to the general public and to an intergenerational range of readers represented throughout the African diaspora. For the Spring 2024 issue of the Killens Review, we are seeking short stories, essays, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography. Inspired by questions posed by Dr. Tiya Miles, eminent historian and creative writer, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are soliciting content that reflects how Black creatives from all parts of the world move forward when all around us is in disarray. Specifically, we ask that you submit original writing or art that explores the themes of legacy, memory, inheritance, and/or radical hope (or pessimism), with an orientation toward the future and future generations of Black peoples.

ABOUT THE CURRENT ISSUE
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. 2022 marked the 20th anniversary of the Center and as part of this commemorative milestone, the current issue of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters (Fall/Winter 2022-2023) focuses on “times for celebration.”

General questions about the Killens Review are directed to info@centerforblackliterature.org.

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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