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Agents & Editors: Dawn Davis


Dawn Davis—vice president and publisher of 37 INK, an imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Atria Publishing Group—talks about editing Edward P. Jones, the lack of diversity in publishing, and what some of the most successful authors have in common.

Hurston/Wright Foundation Turns 25


Amidst questions of racial diversity in the publishing industry, the Hurston/Wright foundation continues its outstanding support of African American writers, promising a brighter outlook for the state of writing in America.

Q&A: Brenda Greene Celebrates Black Literature


The executive director of the Center for Black Literature celebrates a decade of service and looks forward to this month’s National Black Writers Conference in New York City.

An Inspired Archive of African Poetry


Since its founding in 2008, Badilisha Poetry X-Change has built the largest online archive of contemporary African poetry, including work by nearly four hundred poets from more than thirty countries across Africa and the diaspora. Now, with the launch of a new mobile site, Badilisha is making African poetry more accessible and interactive to millions of Africans.

A Profile of Tracy K. Smith

by Renee H. Shea


March/April 2015

<p>In her extraordinary new memoir, <i>Ordinary Light</i>, Pulitzer Prize­–winning poet Tracy K. Smith embraces a fuller sense of herself as a writer while cementing the connection between her children and her ancestors using the best glue she knows: words.</p>

A Profile of T. Geronimo Johnson

by Kevin Nance


March/April 2015

<p>For T. Geronimo Johnson, whose second book, <i>Welcome to Braggsville</i>, was published in February, writing is a way to push himself, and his readers, into uncomfortable territory—to start a conversation, a communion, that could open up our hearts.</p>
Cave Canem Foundation
Poetry Prize

Posted 11.12.14

Bonnie Rose Marcus, director of Poets & Writers’ Readings & Workshops (East), leads a discussion about resources available to writers in Washington, D.C., the importance of community, and how various literary communities can support one another. Panelists include Carlos Parada Ayala, Sarah Browning, Elizabeth Bruce, and Regie Cabico.

Posted 8.20.14

Jess Row reads an excerpt from his novel, Your Face in Mine, published in August by Riverhead Books.

Your Face in Mine

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