The National Black Writers Conference

The National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) is one of the major programs of the Center for Black Literature. It was founded by John Oliver Killens in 1986 at Medgar Evers College.

As a conference, this gathering is dedicated to the exploration of "emerging themes, trends and issues in Black American literature." It attracts writers, scholars, editors, agents, faculty, students, and the general public. It seeks to address the themes of stereotypes in Black literature, the direction of Black literature, the renaissance in Black literature, access and expanding conversations on race, identity, history, and genre.

Each conference has built upon the previous one celebrating outstanding Black writers throughout the world.

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Edwidge Danticat, a frequent guest of NBWC.

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