On view through Tuesday, October 20th
The 23rd GWENDOLYN BROOKS BLACK WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
A Virtual Experience
Quite a Time for Loving: Black Love in the New Century
Wednesday, October 28th | 10-4:30 (CST)
Thursday, October 29th | 12:30-4:30 (CST)
FREE ONLINE EVENT* | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
*Instructions and link to join virtual conference will be sent the day before the event to the email address used to register.
FEATURING conversations with Nnedi Okorafor, PhD., Dr. Eve L. Ewing, Dr. Haki R. Madhudbuti, Dr. Nikky Finney and more! Also, rare historic footage of Gwendolyn Brooks and past Black Writers Conferences from Chicago State University Archives! Check conference schedule now!**
Performances, panels, and additional guests include: Nora Brooks Blakely, Jiba Anderson, Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown, Dr. Tiffany Davis, Melanie Dyer, Dr. Kelly Ellis, Ellen Hagan & Renee Watson, Micheline Hess, Dr. Randall Horton, John Jennings, Emily Lansana, Dr. Cole Lavalais, James Brandon Lewis, Amzie Moore, Sandra Jackson-Opoku , Bonita L. Penn, Regine Sawyer, Dr. Concetta Williams, and Rita Woods, MD.
It’s Not-Normal 2020 and we face frustration and anxiety everyday. But what about love? Quite A Time for Loving: Black Love in the New Century, Chicago State University‘s 23rd Gwendolyn Brooks Black Writers’ Conference is your answer. Join us as we explore the manifestations and curative properties of love through Black literature in the worlds of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
In 1991, retired CSU Distinguished Professor Haki R. Madhubuti founded the Gwendolyn Brooks Black Writers Conference to honor Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black person to ever win the Pulitzer Prize and the Poet Laureate of Illinois for over 30 years. This year, we are pleased to continue this annual pilgrimage for writers and Black culture enthusiasts in a virtual format. Now more than ever we need the opportunities writing provides us to reflect and contribute; to heal and resist; to engage and expand.
Join the many hundreds of writers of all genres who, over the years, persevere and thrive despite the daily inequities that try to arrest our persistent creativity. Novice writers, professionals and literary devotees have contributed their perspectives and come away with fresh ideas and inspiration.
The 23rd Gwendolyn Brooks Black Writers’ Conference 2020 is a virtual experience happening live on Wednesday, Oct. 28th from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm and Thursday, October 29th from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
This event is brought to you by Chicago State University’s Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing, with support from Chicago State University Foundation, Gwendolyn Brooks Library at Chicago State University, University Archives & Special Collections, and Brooks Permissions!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773- 995-3286.
(** Program subject to change. Last updated October 19, 2020. )
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