Killens Review of Arts & Letters | The Fall / Winter 2021 Edition Is Here!!

The Killens Review of Arts & Letters is published twice a year by the Center for Black Literature. Its aim is to provide accomplished and emerging writers, as well as educators and students, with opportunities to create and expand the canon of literature produced by writers and artists of African ancestry. As a peer-reviewed journal, it features short stories, essays, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography, and interviews related to the various cultural, sociopolitical, and historical experiences of writers and artists from the African Diaspora, as well as the African continent.

The events of 2020 are unforgettable. First, in early spring, came the upheaval from the COVID-19 pandemic and the catastrophic worldwide death tolls. The pandemic also revealed the unsettling economic and health disparities in Black and Brown communities when compared with other communities, nationally and globally. The brutal killing of innocent Black people at the hands of police officers and racists civilians once again made the headlines with the deaths Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. The death of George Floyd, however, could be considered the last straw. Summer 2020 will be remembered for the galvanization of mass protests and demonstrations across the United States and worldwide against systemic racist attitudes and practices entrenched in our society. An awakening and reckoning soon followed as Black people from nearly every aspect of American culture and society declared they had had enough of racist behavior and treatment. In November, the election of President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman and person of color to hold that position, was a high point of what had been a tumultuous year.

While the current times will be defined by the nationwide mass protests for racial and social justice and shutdowns and closings due to a global health crisis, they have also provided many of us with moments to reflect upon what is important in our lives and the well-being of our families and communities.

The theme for the 16th National Black Writers Conference is The Beautiful Struggle: Black Writers Lighting the Way. With that in mind, we aligned the current issue of the Killens Review with that theme. The issue examines the ways writers and artists explore and document their struggles and persistence in overcoming obstacles. These acts of creativity and activism reflect the ways in which writers and artists light the way.

The latest issue of the Killens Review is available for purchase today. Click HERE.

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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