SCHOMBURG CENTER LITERARY FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

PRE-FESTIVAL EVENT!

 

Lift Every Voice: 250 Years of African American Poetic Traditions

SEPT 17 @ 6:30 PM (ET)

Library of America, in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, presents the launch of Lift Every Voice, a nationwide celebration of the 250-year-long African American poetic tradition. The celebration is anchored by the publication of the anthology, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song, edited by poet and Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young.

The evening will feature poets Nikky Finney (Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry), Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems), pulitzer prize winning poets Jericho Brown (The Tradition) and Tyehimba Jess (Olio ) and many more. Visit our Eventbrite page in September for a full list of participants and the program schedule.

 

MONDAY

SEPT 21 @ 7:00 PM (ET)

AUTHOR TALK

Between the Lines with Cullman Center Fellow Nicole R. Fleetwood author of Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Nicole Fleetwood and Elizabeth Hinton discuss Fleetwood’s new book, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, about how the imprisoned turn ordinary objects into elaborate works of art. The book is based on interviews with currently and formerly incarcerated artists, prison visits, and the author’s own family experiences with the penal system. In partnership with NYPL, The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers

Featuring 

Nicole R. Fleetwood

Moderator, Elizabeth Hinton

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TUESDAY

SEPT 22 @ 8:00 PM (ET)

Audre Lorde: Radical Care and Political Warfare

Join us for a conversation with three extraordinary writers-- Roxane Gay, Mahogany L. Browne and Tracy K. Smith--as they discuss the clarion call of Audre Lorde's work in the context of today's political warfare and the recent republication of Sister Outsider and The Cancer Journals and a new publication The Selected Works of Audre Lorde.

Featuring 

Roxane Gay, editor of The Selected Works of Audre Lorde

Tracy K. Smith, provided a new foreword to The Cancer Journals

Mahogany L. Browne, provided a new foreword to Sister Outsider

Moderator, Salamishah Tillet

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AUTHOR TALK

 

WEDNESDAY

SEPT 23 @ 7:00 PM (ET)

250 Years of African American Poetry - The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown

Join us for an exploration of the poetry of Sterling A. Brown (1901–1989) and the republication of The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown edited by the late distinguished poet Michael S. Harper and a new foreword by award-winning poet Cornelius Eady. Brown was one of the most important and influential figures in the development of African American literature and criticism in the twentieth century.

 

Featuring 

Cornelius Eady,  poet, musican, and co-founder of Cave Canem

JoAnne McFarland, artist, poet, and curator

Brian Gilmore, poet, writer, and law professor

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POETRY

THURSDAY

SEPT 24 @ 2:30 PM  (ET)

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YOUNG ADULT

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Dean Atta will join us live from the UK to discuss his debut  novel The Black Flamingo, awarded the 2020 Stonewall Book Award, and shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, YA Book Prize and Jhalak Prize. Atta, named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday, is a writer who deals with themes of race, gender and sexuality.

Presented in partnership with Native Son

Featuring

Dean Atta

Moderator, Emil Wilbekin

THURSDAY

SEPT 24 @ 4:30 PM (ET)

YOUNG ADULT

Back to School with Black Comics

and Graphic Novels

Featuring

 Jerry Craft

Greg Anderson Elysee

Liz Montague

Shauna Grant

Deirdre Hollman, EdM

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THURSDAY

SEPT 24 @ 6:30 PM (ET)

YOUNG ADULT

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh

Candice Iloh is a first generation Nigerian-American writer, teaching artist, and youth educator celebrating the debut of her novel Every Body Looking. Candice will read from her young adult, novel in verse and discuss her work with writer, organizer, and educator Mahogany L. Browne. 

Featuring

Candice Iloh

Moderator, Mahogany L. Browne

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11:00 AM |  URGENT LESSONS FROM JAMES BALDWIN

SATURDAY

SEPT 26 @ 11 AM (ET)

OPENING PROGRAM

Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own 

Author Eddie Glaude, Jr. discusses his new work about Harlem’s own James Baldwin

Featuring

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr

Moderator, Dr. Brian Jones, Schomburg Center

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2:00 PM | THIS SKIN HAS BEEN OVER, UNDER, AND THROUGH

These books offer a window into Black imaginaries that traversed the waters of the Atlantic in search of freedom, safety, love, and opportunity. Geography: West Africa, Jamaica, USA

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SATURDAY

SEPT 26 @ 2 PM (ET)

FICTION

A Tall History of Sugar 

Featuring

Curdella Forbes

Moderator, Dimitry Elias Léger

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SATURDAY

SEPT 26 @ 2 PM (ET)

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Sometimes I Never Suffered: Poems

Featuring

Shane McCrae

Moderator, Rio Cortez, Schomburg Center

POETRY

12:15 PM | Reading for Liberation

SATURDAY

SEPT 26 @ 12:15 AM (ET)

When They Call You a Terrorist (Young Adult Edition): A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World 

 

Featuring

Patrisse Cullors

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3:15 PM | UNTANGLING THE BINARY

When faced with circumstances that may force one person to contract, others find a way to expand. Explore what it means to live beyond expectations with this exciting group of authors. Geography: Nigeria, USA

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SATURDAY

SEPT 26 @ 3:15 PM (ET)

The Death of Vivek Oji

 

Featuring

Akwaeke Emezi

Moderator, Eloghosa Osunde

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FICTION - YA

SATURDAY

SEPT 26 @ 3:15 PM (ET)

NON-FICTION

Coming Full Circle

Featuring

Wanda Lloyd

Moderator, Alexandria Neason

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SATURDAY

SEPT 26 @ 3:15 PM (ET)

POETRY

Love from the Vortex 

 

Featuring

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Ph.D

Moderator, Rio Cortez, Schomburg Center

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4:30 PM | READERS & WRITERS

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SATURDAY

SEPT 26 @ 4:30 PM (ET)

FICTION

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo 

 

READERS & WRITERS: A Conversation with Bernardine Evaristo and Roxane Gay

British writer Bernardine Evaristo is the award-winning author of eight books and numerous other works. Roxane Gay, a prolific writer and voracious reader wrote in her year end summary of reading that Girl, Woman, Other by Evaristo was her favorite book of 2019. Evaristo’s novel won the 2019 Booker Prize making her the first Black woman to win the prestigious award. 

Featuring

Bernardine Evaristo

Moderator, Roxane Gay

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