Twenty-five years after poets Thomas Sayers Ellis and Sharan Strange founded the Dark Room Collective as a community for established and emerging African American writers, members have gathered for a reunion tour that celebrates the DRC’s rich history and far-reaching influence in the literary world.
Upon the release of Another Brooklyn, her first novel for adults in twenty years, award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson discusses New York City’s literary legacy, the strength in being a person of color, putting humanity on the page, living in the age of Beyoncé, and happiness
Fiction writer Yaa Gyasi on her debut novel; new Philip Levine poetry books; a survey of Great American Novels; and other news.
The birth of African American literature; handwritten book by J. K. Rowling sells at auction for £370,000; Oprah’s new imprint; and other news.
A composer and writer discusses the inspiration behind his play Emmett Till a river, which employs the Japanese theater form Noh, and the ways in which artistic practice can succeed through failure.
Zadie Smith’s new novel to be adapted for television; an interview with poet Jericho Brown; fiction writer Garth Greenwell on James Baldwin’s influence; and other news.
Excerpts from Bad Sex in Fiction award contenders; biography in the age of Twitter; 1935 Sinclair Lewis novel that may have predicted the 2016 election; and other news.
Poets Nikky Finney and Donika Kelly in conversation; Dan Chiasson profiles poet Ishion Hutchinson; Dr. Seuss estate sues over Seuss-Star Trek “mashup” book; and other news.
The importance of public libraries; director Pablo Larrain on his Pablo Neruda biopic; poet Lynn Melnick on activism and writing; and other news.